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PsychosisBreath in, breath out: Psychosis is the fourth installment from the most lucent export of Brazil: CAVALERA CONSPIRACY!
The Thrash Metal-brothers Iggor and Max Cavalera dive deep into the mire of human panic and anxiety states. This is the soundtrack to your worst sickness, a most sinister Thrash-psychoses that rip the scabs from old wounds.
The album features brutal shredding on the track Spectral War then progresses to super-fast blastbeats in Judas Pariah that lead into the stomping beast called Crom. A hail of Black and Death Metal-arsenal that disturb your hearing in so many ways! Just merciless. Primarily these guitar solos chatter in paranoid disharmony.
With Psychosis CAVALERA CONSPIRACY are able to reanimate the intensity of the good old 80s thrash, black and death metal. This record is so powerful, that even the thought of hearing this wonder hurts. The brothers Cavalera have outlived all the crazy eras of metal and remain more stable and frightening than ever! Psychosis is terrific, in the truest sense of the word. You won't find any thrash metal on the planet that could boast more brutal. Bow your heads down amidst the brothers of the crowbar!1. Insane
2. Terror Tactics
3. Impalement Execution
4. Spectral War
7. Judas Pariah
9. Excruciating$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Mirror ConspiracyThis highly anticipated follow up to Sounds From the Thievery Hi-fi left both critics and audiophiles delighted with Thievery Corporation's expert treatment
of bossa nova, dub, and downtempo. Featuring lush vocals by Bebel Gilberto, Pam Bricker, Lou Lou, and See-I, The Mirror Conspiracy is a fantastic
statement from ESL Music.
" their remix work since then has since established them as leaders of the pack. And true to its name, the Corporation surreptitiously lays down
overdubs of keyboards, congas, and percussive instruments to piece together a darkly beautiful piece of music in The Mirror Conspiracy." - Wall of Sound
"The only thing snappier than Rob Garza and Eric Hilton's Armani suits and Bruno Magli shoes is the suave, downbeat dance tracks the Washington D.C.
duo creates as Thievery Corporation. The pair's top-shelf aural cocktails, which involve a smooth mixture of dub reggae, trip-hop, acid jazz and Middle
Eastern musics, have been fueling the fires of backroom lounges and dimly lit bedrooms since the pair's first singles emerged in 1996. The Mirror
Conspiracy, TC's long-awaited sophomore album, raises the temperature of the mix by melding the synthetic serenity of lush keyboards with the warm
hues of live strings, brass, percussion and the pipes of a host of vocalists " - CMJ1. Treasures
2. Le Monde
4. Lebanese Blonde
5. Focus on Sight
6. Air Batucada
7. Só com você
8. Samba Tranquille
9. Shadows of Ourselves
10. The Hong Kong Triad
12. The Mirror Conspiracy
14. Bario Alto
15. Guide for I and I$24.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Pure Vida ConspiracyPura Vida Conspiracy is the sixth full-length album from internationally renowned gypsy punk rock group Gogol Bordello, released via ATO Records/Casa Gogol Records. Produced by Andrew Sheps, the new album was recorded in El Paso, Texas at Sonic Ranch Studios and is a powerful collection of 12 surging new songs.
The album's title is derived from a Spanish slang phrase for pure life, which is a theme that resonates throughout the new material. The disc's opener, We Rise Again, introduces the album's limitless, all-embracing themes instantly, centered on a chorus of Borders are scars on face of the planet. The new songs are infused with ideas rooted in Eastern philosophy but also search for a means of joining fragmented parts and persons, and of creating a worldwide consciousness.
For me music is a way to explore human potential, Hutz says. And that's my main interest in life - human potential. Everyone knows there's something inside of us that we're not using. How do we get it? How do we reach it? Every single person knows that there's something and nobody knows what it is. So at one point I said to myself, I'm gonna get down and get it.1. We Rise Again
2. Dig Deep Enough
4. Lost Innocent World
5. It Is The Way You Name Your Ship
6. The Other Side Of Rainbow
8. I Just Realized
9. My Gypsy Auto Pilot
11. John The Conqueror (Truth Is Always The Same)
12. We Shall Sail$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
The Reverb Conspiracy Volume 3Including GOAT remix by Anton Newcombe from The Brian Jonestown Massacre. As usual, the album features some of the best acts of the underground scene on its side of the continent. The fifteen outfits taking part in the third volume - including Goat (mixed by Anton Newcombe of Brian Jonestown Massacre), Mugstar, The Oscillation, Camera are representative of the impressive diversity and quality of a scene that is much broader than its definition. While all of them are certainly inspired by Psychedelia, each one of them incorporates different elements of Blues, Folk, Rock & Roll, Stoner, Kraut Rock, Electronica, Noise, Ambient and more.. For the third time, the cover was created by iconic Icelandic artist and band member of Dead Skeletons, Jon Saemundur, aka Nonni Dead.LP1
1. The Oscillation - No Place To Go
2. Holy Science - Moon
3. Deathcrush - You Now
4. The History Of Colour TV - Suddenlines
5. Singapore Sling - You Drive Me Insane
6. Newcandys - Meltdown Corp.
7. Sound Sweet Sound - Death Is On The Way
8. Undisco Kidd - Green Like An Alien
1. Camera - Ausland
2. Future - Side Effects
3. Mugstar - Hollow Ox
4. One Unique Signal - Tungsten
5. GOAT - Hide From The Sun (Remixed By Anton Newcombe)
6. Lola Colt - Away From The Water
7. Francois Sky Featuring Jeff Levitz - As We've Been As One$44.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Fun With Gum Vol 1Super catchy solo bubblegum full-length from Detroit legend John Krautner of the Go & Conspiracy of Owls!!!1. I Need Sugar
2. I Can Cry Too
3. Love Just Ain't Strong Anymore
4. I Get A Kick
5. Lion Eyes
7. I Know What's Right
8. Where Is Terry
9. Good At The Bad Things
10. Music Is The Thing$20.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Twice Is LifeAstoundingly great and unissued PBC studio demos from late '66, produced by Gary Usher. Colored wax, picture sleeve and not on our CD anthology, these trax available here only!1. Twice Is Life
2. In the Middle
3. Loves Last Ground$9.997 Vinyl Single LP - Sealed Buy Now
ADAD-BUR-2614xThe International Noise Conspiracy
Bigger Cages, Longer Chains1. Bigger Cages, Longer Chains
2. Beautiful So Alone
3. Baby Doll
4. Waiting for Salvation
5. A Textbook Example
6. When Words Are Not Working$15.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
King TuffKing Tuff is the new record from King Tuff, his first for Sub Pop and his second album overall. Was Dead, King Tuff's 2008 debut, captured the attention of the rock underground and quickly blew through its limited pressing (it now resides on ebay, being snatched up for hearty sums). His gem of a new album was produced by Bobby Harlow, of The Go and Conspiracy of Owls, and recorded during a furious two-week run in Detroit, MI.
And Bobby has the following, among a great many other things, to say about it: "After investigating Was Dead I realized that, with his latest offering, King Tuff's songwriting was stretching far beyond the thrill of the immediate dance-floor reflex and now revealed a songwriter with a keen eye inside everyone. That was the stuff that I was interested in.
Tip-on single LP sleeve with 24" x 12" insert.1. Anthem
2. Alone & Stoned
3. Keep On Movin'
4. Unusual World
5. Bad Thing
6. Loser's Wall
8. Baby Just Break
9. Stupid Superstar
11. Swamp Of Love
12. Hit & Run$17.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
OppressionIncite ignite heavy metal once more with their fourth full-length album and highly anticipated metal record for 2016 Oppression [minus HEAD Records]. Since the release of their full-length-debut The Slaughter in 2009, the Phoenix, AZ quartet has shared stages with everyone from Dillinger Escape Plan, Cancer Bats, and 36 Crazyfists to Crowbar, Soulfly, and Cavalera Conspiracy in addition to headlining countless gigs.
Over the course of two more explosive offerings, All Out War  and Up In Hell , they've earned acclaim from Kerrang!, ARTISTdirect, and many others as well as "Album of the Week" honors from Revolver. Songs such as "Army of Darkness" charted Top 40 on the SiriusXM metal charts. However, 2016 sees the band evolve into a more brutal and brash beast ready to claw its way to the genre's upper echelon one show at a time.1. Never Surrender
2. Lost Reality
4. No Remorse
6. Life's Disease (feat. Connor Garritty)
7. Forced Into Life
8. Worst Of Me
9. I Want It All (feat. Jose Mangin)
10. Silenced$18.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Throughout John Coltrane's discography there are a handful of decisive and controversial albums that split his listening camp into factions. Generally, these occur in his later-period works such as Om and Ascension, which push into some pretty heady blowing. As a contrast, Ballads is often criticized as too easy and as too much of a compromise between Coltrane and Impulse! (the two had just entered into the first year of label representation). Seen as an answer to critics who found his work complicated with too many notes and too thin a concept, Ballads has even been accused of being a record that Coltrane didn't want to make. These conspiracy theories (and there are more) really just get in the way of enjoying a perfectly fine album of Coltrane doing what he always did -- exploring new avenues and modes in an inexhaustible search for personal and artistic enlightenment. With Ballads he looks into the warmer side of things, a path he would take with both Johnny Hartman (on John Coltrane & Johnny Hartman) and with Duke Ellington (on Duke Ellington and John Coltrane). Here he lays out for McCoy Tyner mostly, and the results positively shimmer at times. He's not aggressive, and he's not outwardly. Instead he's introspective and at times even predictable, but that is precisely Ballads' draw.
-All Music Guide1. Say It (Over And Over Again)
2. You Don't Know What Love Is
3. Too Young To Go Steady
4. All or Nothing At All
5. I Wish I Knew
6. What's New
7. It's Easy To Remember
8. Nancy (With THe Laughing Face)
*Bonus Track$27.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
NegativityNegativity was penned over the course of a genuinely eventful 2012, an annus horribilus in which McCauley's father pleaded guilty to federal charges of conspiracy and tax fraud, ultimately leading to a prison sentence. As if that weren't enough, McCauley's wedding engagement collapsed under the weight of his own excessive behavior and impossible lifestyle. Like any true artist, McCauley channeled his anger, sadness, and regret into his work, resulting in what can be safely declared his finest collection of songs to date, impassioned and interior and increasingly mature, both as expression of emotion as well as pure unadulterated songcraft.
Deer Tick - sounding as sure-footed as one would expect from a band known for spending a couple of hundred nights each year on stage - more than match the strength of the material by taking a more detailed approach than on some of the breakneck recordings of their past. From the sparkling baroque pop of "The Dream's In The Ditch" to the full-blown Memphis showstopper, "Trash," Negativity sees the Tick bridging boozy punk, AM gold, bar band blues, country soul, and whatever else catches their fancy into their own profoundly American rock 'n' roll. Additional sonic color comes courtesy of magnificently arranged brass accompaniment by Austin, Texas's GRAMMY®-winning Latin fusion collective, Grupo Fantasma.1. The Rock
2. The Curtain
3. Just Friends
4. The Dream's In The Ditch
5. Mirror Walls
6. Mr. Sticks
9. In Our Time (feat. Vanessa Carlton)
10. Hey Doll
11. Pot Of Gold
12. Big House$23.99Vinyl LP 45 RPM - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
RipsEx Hex is a power trio hailing from Washington, DC, making the music
you've been waiting for. Drums, bass, guitar, P90s, searing leads-this is
unapologetic rock 'n' roll spat out in the discipline's mother tongue.
With Wild Flag on hiatus, Mary Timony (Autoclave, Helium) needed a new
outlet, so she retreated to her basement and started writing. To her surprise,
the songs came easily and the hooks practically wrote themselves.
Mary found Laura Harris (The Aquarium, Benjy Ferree) and they hit it off
immediately. Laura is a monster on drums: intuitive, solid, and just a bit rough
around the edges. The pair played together for a couple of months in a tiny
carpet-lined practice space shared with half a dozen hardcore bands and what
appeared to be the better part of a B.C. Rich Mockingbird.
In walked Betsy Wright from the wilds of Virginia. She and Mary have similar
tendencies, both defaulting to denim and The Voidoids. Betsy is a performer
and an ace piano player, and before long, she was slinging a cherry SG as the
third member of Ex Hex.
The group played a handful of shows and a couple of months later, in the
spring of 2014, headed into the studio. Working furiously, they recorded over
the span of two weeks in North Carolina with Mitch Easter (Let's Active) and
in the basement of Mary's home with frequent collaborator Jonah Takagi.
Bobby Harlow (The Go, Conspiracy of Owls) was tapped to mix because of
his unique take on making rock records.
What results is Ex Hex Rips, twelve songs about underdogs, guys stealing your
wallet, schoolyard brawls, and getting bent. The record happens pretty quickly,
so don't blink.1. Don't Wanna Lose
3. Waste Your Time
4. You Fell Apart
5. How You Got That Girl
7. Hot and Cold
8. Radio On
9. New Kid
10. War Paint
12. Outro$18.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Modern Guilt (Discontinued)Import
Modern Guilt is the eighth official studio album and eleventh overall by American alternative artist Beck. The album lasts 33 minutes, making it the shortest album by Beck to date. Modern Guilt features two contributions by Cat Power and was produced by Beck and Danger Mouse.
Modern Guilt indulges Beck's love of Sixties psychedelic music, and the results are vividly rendered - all acid-trip guitars, mod dance-party beats, daisy-chain harmonies and thundering percussion. But beneath the DayGlo arrangements lie some deeply bummed-out songs about living in a time of war (Walls), environmental degradation (Gamma Ray) and widening generation gaps (Youthless). Danger Mouse brings a hip-hop DJ's love of funky old rock records; Beck brings the end-of-the-Sixties, pre-apocalyptic hangover.
Taken as a whole, the album's first five songs stand among Beck's strongest work. The most dazzling example is Chemtrails, which nods through a heroin haze of droning guitars while Beck imagines jets flying above a sea full of dead people. The song title comes from a conspiracy theory that holds that some jet trails are actually chemical sprays engineered by the government for secret purposes. But you don't have to know the reference to feel the dread. Staring at the corpses, Beck sings, So many people, where do they go? The morbid answer is implied: No matter where all the lonely people come from, they all end up in the same place.
That last song sums up Beck's biggest issue on the album: Don't know what I've done, but I feel ashamed. That's modern guilt for you: knowing the world's going to hell and feeling partly responsible, but not quite knowing what to do about it. Some days, we're worse than you can imagine/And how am I supposed to live with that? he sings on Walls. A few lines later, he finds his own reason to carry on: We do the best with the souls we're given. And not long after he sings these words, the song cuts out abruptly in the middle of the melody. Like Tony Soprano said, you never know when your time is gonna come.
--Melissa Maerz, www.rollingstone.com1. Orphans
2. Gamma Ray
4. Modern Guilt
6. Walls (feat. Cat Power)
8. Soul of a Man
9. Profanity Prayers
10. Volcano$27.99Vinyl LP - LPs Sealed Buy Now
Ritualize (Awaiting Repress)...attitude-thick rapping...with gorgeous
- The New York Times
"Lushlife is an under-the-radar treasure"
From the moment you hear the bristling boom-bap chorus on album-opener
Totally Mutual Feeling, it's apparent that Lushlife's third full-length finds the
Philadelphia rapper-producer at his most introspective. Themes of isolation and
mortality permeate Ritualize, a cinematic hour-long odyssey co-produced by
enigmatic production trio, CSLSX (pronounced Casual Sex) and featuring
contributions from Ariel Pink, Killer Mike, Freeway, Marissa Nadler, RJD2, and
more. With CSLSX at the boards, an entire universe opens up for Lush, where
the pulsating Juno synths of '80s LA night music sit side-by-side with
gorgeously propulsive indie-leaning jams, and low-fi soul burners too. The
resulting LP is a post-blog-era joint that seems to exhale the whole of the 20th
century in a single, fascinating breath.
After toiling over two self-produced LPs in the last half-decade, I felt
compelled to bring on an outside production team for Ritualize, Lushlife
(born Raj Haldar) explains. Not only did I want to broaden the musical
palette, but I felt like the group production effort would give me a depth of
focus on lyrical content and emotion that I hadn't previously been afforded.
After a chance encounter with CSLSX, who had been quietly self-releasing
low-fi dance gems to remarkable organic blog buzz, the newly-formed team
set out on a three-year journey that would eventually yield their new joint
album. By the time work began on Ritualize, Lush had already been riding a
small wave of critical acclaim for his 2012 full-length, Plateau Vision, an album
that made several year-end lists and was described by the Sunday New York
Times as a melding of captivating rhymes with audacious, gorgeous production.
Still, with Ritualize, Lushlife and CSLSX seem to have gone one deeper.
From album cut, The Waking World, which finds Lushlife spitting thorough
sixteens from the vantage of Mark David Chapman lying in wait for John
Lennon, to Incantation, a song that's as much inspired by Allen Ginsberg's
Howl as the general, street-level anxieties of urban life, Ritualize is nothing short
of a step forward. For proof, look no further than Toynbee Suite, a 10-minute,
4-movement rap epic that explores the strange Toynbee Tile meta-art
conspiracy that has captivated Philadelphians for decades. As the centerpiece
of the album, Toynbee Suite was the subject of a 2013 documentary, and
itself represents the combined work of 20+ musicians, including RJD2, Nightlands,
Yikes the Zero, and a full chamber orchestra. On the other hand, the
CSLSX-produced, Hong Kong (Lady of Love), a collaboration with weird
music godhead, Ariel Pink, is a sparse yet powerful four-on-the-floor ode to LA,
inspired by the film soundtrack work of Giorgio Moroder, Vangelis, and others.1. Total Mutual Feeling
2. The Waking World (feat. I Break Horses)
3. Hong Kong (Lady of Love) (feat. Ariel Pink)
4. Incantation (feat. Deniro Farrar)
5. Undress Me In The Temple
6. Body Double
7. Toynbee Suite (feat. Nightlands, RJD2)
8. Strawberry Mansion (feat. Freeway)
9. This Ecstatic Cult (feat. Killer Mike)
10. Burt Reynolds (Desert Visions)
11. Integration Loop (feat. Marissa Nadler)
12. Ritualize$18.99Vinyl LP - Sealed AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now
Apocalypse FetishPressed On Clear Vinyl
Apocalypse Fetish is a 5 song extended play release from me, Lou Barlow. The cover features a newborn child peering warily over the edge of her mother's sling into 2016, the year that conspiracy theorists became experts and anger went (even more) mainstream. The song Apocalypse Fetish proposes that, perhaps, many of us have been disappointed that the end of the world has taken too long to come after we've spent most of our lives predicting it. And, perhaps, we've decided to take matters in our own hands and bring it on because, if it doesn't come soon, then didn't we all seem foolish talking about it all. the. time.
There are 4 other songs on the EP, none of which are political in nature but are similarly fired up. The melodic inspirations for the record came from my day in the back stairways and basement of the enormous Eagles Ballroom in Milwaukee, Wisconsin (Dinosaur Jr. were there opening for Primus in August 2015). I was alone and playing my ukulele in the cavernous spaces and tiled showers there. The unique reverberations brought the beginnings of these songs. The hall is reputed to be haunted and I'm not so sure it isn't.
I wasn't able to fully draw the songs out until I recorded, once again, with Justin Pizzoferrato at Sonelab in Easthampton Massachusetts (May 2016). I recorded my last full-length record (Brace the Wave) there in 2015. I'm happy to consider this EP a follow-up to that album, though, this time, every song is played on ukulele (strung with heavy strings and tuned much lower than a standard uke). Actually, it sounds nothing like a ukulele. For all intents and purposes, it is a 4-string acoustic guitar utilizing the strumming styles and lower toned soundscapes I've been pursuing since my first released ukulele recording: Poledo (on Dinosaur Jr.'s 2nd LP You're Living All Over Me). Yes, I've been doing this for a long time. I'd be proud to have Apocalypse Fetish be my final record. Check it out.1. The Breeze
2. Apocalypse Fetish
3. Anniversary Song
4. Pour Reward
5. Try 2 B$16.99Colored 10 Vinyl EP - Sealed Buy Now
Event II: Instrumentals
Deltron 3030 is composed of a trinity of alt-rap all-stars: Master lyricist Del Tha Funkee Homosapien, superproducer Dan "The Automator" Nakamura and
virtuoso turntablist DJ Kid Koala. Individually, they stand at the top of their respective musical disciplines; together, on the eponymous Deltron 3030, they
warped space, bent time, transcended genre and blew minds, creating an album that still stands today as one of the most important records in the annals
of underground hiphop.
Both timely and avant garde, Deltron 3030 accurately - if surrealistically - captured the spirit of the cusp of the millennium, an era when a technolog ydriven
stock market bubble was on the verge of bursting, when the political world was entering an era of unprecedented partisanship, when global
inequality was beginning to skyrocket. Critics dubbed it a masterpiece: The most purely enjoyable hip-hop album of 2000, NME declared. Vice praised
Deltron 3030 as a dope hip-hop concept album...visionary sci-fi rap for comic book heads, cyberpunks and conspiracy theorists that closed the gaps
between indie-rap, boom bap and future-music. It's not only one of the best albums in either of their catalogs, but one of the best to come out of the new
underground, period, said AllMusic.com. Pitchfork called Nakamura the poet laureate of creepy, oppressive beats, describing the album as an exciting
reimagining of the future from the bottom up that reveals Del as a surprisingly acute social critic.
Now, over a decade later, they're finally releasing the long-awaited follow-up to their debut - an album titled Deltron 3030: Event II. This time, the album
has a specific story, says Del. The Deltron world has gone too far with technology. Everything's destroyed, and you just see the remnants of our
technology. The streets are run by criminals, the police are outnumbered and outgunned, and we're like pirates, running rogue, doing what we do to
survive. That's the scene of it. We're trying to be as literary as possible while dealing with a musical format. I don't know if you could even categorize this
as a hip hop album - it's more like a rock opera, but using rap.
He notes that the words, music and narrative have been deliberately chosen to put listeners into a specific emotional state. This record took 13 years,
and the whole time fans are telling us we better come out with Deltron right now - quit teasing me, laughs Del. Well, this is beyond a regular album.
Because I would say, me, Dan and Koala, we aren't limited by what other rap groups do - we're musicians first. I studied music theory for ten years. Dan
and Koala been learning music since they were kids. We're bringing it all together here, everything, and the fans, the critics, they all going to be surprised
by what we got. You'll see.1. Stardate
2. The Return
3. Pay The Price
4. Nobody Can
5. Lawnchair Quarterback Pt. 1
6. Melding Of The Minds
7. The Agony
8. Back In The Day
9. Talent Supersedes
10. Look Across The Sky
11. The Future of Food
12. My Only Love
13. What Is This Loneliness
14. Lawnchair Quarterback Pt. 2
15. City Rising From The Ashes
16. Do You Remember$18.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Savages (Discontinued)Max Cavalera is the walking embodiment of creative energy, of all of the diverse layers of urgency that are possible from that select few whose artistic output defines genres. Mystic shaman, protest singer, revolutionary hero, everyday metalhead, furious consumer of heavy music of all shades, husband, father, leader, songwriter Cavalera reigns as the adoptive tribal chief of a generation of fans, stretching from the roughest slums of South America to the coldest confines of Russia. Anywhere that people are disenfranchised, the songs of SOULFLY serve as their anthems.
Armed with Cavalera's four-stringed guitars, unmistakable growl and instantly recognizable riffage, the muddy tones and constant rhythmic bounce of SOULFLY has retained its gritty edge while pushing the boundaries of what's possible in metal. »Savages« represents a career-defining moment, solidifying the lineup with longtime lead guitarist Marc Rizzo (who has been in SOULFLY almost as long as Max was in SEPULTURA), bassist Tony Campos (Static X, Ministry, Prong) and Max's 21 year-old Zyon, who splits his time between drumming in LODY KONG and now SOULFLY.
"All of the things that make SOULFLY killer are combined in Savages," Max declares.
»Savages« melds the most brutal, the heaviest and overall the most vibrant components that made up each record in SOULFLY's diverse catalog. By Max's own account, »Savages« is possessed of the tribal groove of the first two SOULFLY albums, particularly in songs like 'Bloodshed', 'Ayatollah of Rock 'N' Rolla' and 'Master of Savagery'. But there's also the thrash metal that was found on DARK AGES and OMEN; whereas the CAVALERA CONSPIRACY records contain short, punky bursts, the new SOULFLY record gets into the epic length territory of early METALLICA. The death metal vibe of SOULFLY's »Enslaved« emerges in songs like 'Fallen' and 'Cannibal Holocaust'.
"I really like the name »Savages«. I like single words that sound powerful, like 'Primitive', 'Roots', 'Arise'," Max explains. "It's about the human condition right now. We have the Internet and we're working on missions to Mars, but we are still decapitating each other and blowing up marathons. We're still savages. Even with technology and how far we've come in the world, our spirit is still that of a savage."
A trailblazing pioneer and musician with millions of albums sold who nevertheless retains boundless street cred due to his grimy, raw and undeniable authenticity; Max Cavalera is one of the most prolific artists the realm of heavy music has ever known. There's CAVALERA CONSPIRACY, which reunited Max with his brother and former bandmate, Igor Cavalera. There was the brutal attack of NAILBOMB, Max's collaboration with Alex Newport from FUDGE TUNNEL, which included members of DEAD KENNEDYS, FRONT LINE ASSEMBLY, BIOHAZARD and NEUROSIS on-stage. There's his forthcoming band with members of THE DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN, MASTODON and THE MARS VOLTA. Of course, there's Max's unassailable work as SEPULTURA's founder, leading the Brazilian band from their badass lo-fi beginnings, through their era of sophisticated thrash classics, up through the cultural landmark that is 'Roots'.
SOULFLY began almost instantaneously after his departure from the band he founded. The eponymously titled debut »Soulfly« sold over 500,000 copies in the United States alone, further expanding upon the tribal foundation of 'Roots' with percussive instrumentation, forays into esoteric sounds and multiple guest performers. Across the seven albums and never-ending tours that followed, Max worked with a who's-who of the heavy music scene as band mates, guest musicians and touring members, including guys from SLIPKNOT, SLAYER, MEGADETH, DEFTONES, RADIOHEAD, STONE SOUR, CYPRESS HILL, MACHINE HEAD, DEVILDRIVER, FEAR FACTORY, MORBID ANGEL, THROWDOWN, S.O.D., SKINDRED, BORKNAGAR, WILL HAVEN and CATTLE DECAPITATION, among others.
In addition to Max's own self-production, a number of important producers have lent their skills to SOULFLY, including »Roots« producer Ross Robinson (KORN, AT THE DRIVE-IN), Toby Wright (Ozzy Osbourne, SLAYER), Andy Sneap (MEGADETH, KILLSWITCH ENGAGE), ex-SOULFLY guitarist Logan Mader (FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH, GORJIA) and Zeuss (HATEBREED, SUICIDE SILENCE) and Terry Date (PANTERA, DEFTONES).
Cavalera asked Date, who had mixed for SOULFLY in the past, to produce the new album. Once studio time with the legendary producer was on the calendar, Max kicked into high gear with the material. Max and Zyon worked on the songs that would comprise »Savages« at home. "Zyon came up to me and said, 'Give me a shot. I'll play on the record for you. I won't let you down," explains the elder Cavalera. "I went into a room with him to jam and it felt great. So I said, 'Fuck yeah, let's do it!"
Generally on a SOULFLY album, the drummers would learn the songs in the studio, based on demo recordings from Max. This time, Max had the luxury of working out the songs at home with Zyon. "We jammed every single day for a month. He knew 90% of the material already when we got into the studio. It reminded me of recording the old Sepultura stuff, like Arise and Chaos A.D., Igor knew exactly what he was going to do before we went into the studio. This was very similar."
Cavalera says he must've written at least 1,000 riffs specifically for »Savages«. "The killer riff is what hooks the whole song together," he says. "For me the writing process is about finding the most killer riffs possible. It's a battle; sometimes I struggle with the guitar for hours. You have to throw it down on the floor and take a break. Come back a few hours later. 'Let's try this again, motherfucker!' Grab it again and go to battle, go to war with the guitar until you get the right riffs."
Max points to BLACK SABBATH's 'Symptom of the Universe' as one of the penultimate riffs of all time, citing SABBATH's Tony Iommi and METALLICA frontman James Hetfield as among the riff-masters he most admires. "I think of riff making as an art-form. I take it really seriously. I think it deserves more attention. It has such value."
Speaking of riffs, Rizzo came into the band a decade ago and his love of thrash metal, death metal and collaborative spirit has energized Max ever since. "When Marc entered Soulfly, it was a drastic change. He's the guitar player I've been looking for my whole life. Andreas [Kisser] and I really clicked when we worked together. I never had that again after that. We had other guys that were cool, but it was never 100% there. When Marc came in, I found it! We've developed a great bond since." Rizzo particularly shines on the opening track on Savages, 'Bloodshed.' "There's stuff all over the song - clean guitars, feedback - he just makes the song better."
Campos has a lengthy resume in the world of metal and Max says they bonded over their shared Latino heritage, among other things. "I had this idea about this guy Vargas, a Venezuelan cannibal, they call him 'El Comegente.' He's the Hannibal Lecter of the Andes. We both read about it. Tony sings some of it in Spanish and I sing in Portuguese. He's a great bass player too, fucking amazing. Killer bass tones, distortion, all balls-out metal. He keeps this shit real heavy, great tone. It's great recording with guys who know what they're doing. I don't have to ask if they know."
Max acknowledges the inherent risk in putting a 21 year-old behind the kit for such an important record, but it was a risk he absolutely wanted to take. "To have my son drumming on the album, that's killer. I like risks. I like to start shit up and see what happens. Even if I fail, at least I knew I tried. Rather than knowing I didn't try at all. To me, that's the bigger failure. It took a little bit of courage to put my son on it. I came to the studio and told Terry there was a young drummer who doesn't play to a click. Terry knew what to do and Zyon did great. The drums sound amazing."
Like all things Max Cavalera, does SOULFLY's »Savages is a family affair. Not only does it mark Zyon's recorded debut with the band, but one of Max's other kids throws down some vocals in the opening track, 'Bloodshed'. "My son Igor has a killer punk rock voice that reminds me of the old CORROSION OF CONFORMITY days," Max says. "The chorus has this old punk style riff, almost like a MISFITS type riff. His voice is killer."
Like every SOULFLY album, »Savages« contains an impressive guest list comprised of veterans and up-and-comers. CLUTCH's Neil Fallon turns up on 'Ayatollah of Rock 'N' Rolla', the title of which was inspired by Mel Gibson's classic Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior movie. Jamie Hanks from I DECLARE WAR brought his high and low deathcore vocals to 'Fallen', a death metal oriented song Max says is in the vein of CANNIBAL CORPSE.
Mitch Harris from NAPALM DEATH contributed vocals to 'K.C.S.' Harris has been around the Cavaleras long enough that there are videos of him changing Zyon's diapers when SOULFLY's new drummer was just one month old. "Mitch came to the studio just to hang out during a day off from tour," Max explains. "I'm like, 'You ready to sing some shit on this record?' I put him on the spot. He's like, 'Right now?' I said, 'Fuck yeah, let's do it!' There was one point where we were recording together where he did a scream and I saw his eyeball popping out of his face like a cartoon. I was like, 'Dude that was the most metal thing I've seen in a long time.'"
Even as Max continues to consume new music from band like NINE INCH NAILS, MAN MUST DIE, TRIGGER THE BLOODSHED and I DECLARE WAR, even as he revisits seminal material from METALLICA, SLAYER, C.O.C. and the like, and indulges his penchant for world music, and gets his hands in his other projects and collaborations, it all adds up to a singular, distinct, straightforward and riff-heavy machine known as SOULFLY.LP 1
2. Cannibal Holocaust
4. Ayatollah Of Rock 'N' Rolla
5. Master Of Savagery
1. This Is Violence
3. El Comegente
5. Fuck Reality (Bonus Track)
6. Soulfly IX (Bonus Track)$24.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Connecticut Casual (Discontinued)Veteran Demigodz frontman and Army of the Pharaohs core member, Apathy, releases his 4th official full length solo effort. Connecticut Casual is an album that reveals a hidden side of New England, unfamiliar to most. From the opulent lifestyle of the Kennedy family, to the economically destitute neighborhoods of Connecticut, Rhode Island and Massachusetts. Mansions and projects. Tennis courts and bodegas. Summers spent on the shores of the Atlantic. Mysterious meetings in Masonic lodges. Homicides that go unsolved due to inadequate law enforcement budgets in poor areas, to literally getting away with murder by being well connected to East Coast royalty.
The album is full of conceptual songs that range from underwater nautical tales, Freemasonry, Jack Ruby conspiracies and Beefin' Over Bitches. Songs like Curse Of The Kennedys & Martha Moxley analytically highlight the darker side of America's royal family. The Grass Ain't Greener & Money Makes The World Go Round, address the battle for our souls, against the almighty dollar bill.
Production is handled mostly by Apathy with the addition of Da Beatminerz, The Doppelgangaz,
Teddy Roxpin & Smoke The World. Original cover art by Chris B. Murray.LP1
1. Connecticut Casual
2. Back In New England (feat. Chris Webby)
3. Don't Give Up The Ship (feat. Kappa Gamma)
4. Locals Only! (feat. ANoyd)
5. The Curse Of The Kennedy's
6. Martha Moxley (Rest In Peace)
1. Jack Ruby (feat. Kappa Gamma)
2. The Grass Ain't Greener
3. Money Makes The World Go Round (feat. Hayze & Kappa Gamma)
4. Underground Chick
5. Beefin' Over Bitches (feat. Kappa Gamma)
6. The Grand Leveler$21.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
ADAD-DEA-3811xA Place To Bury Strangers
PinnedA couple of years ago, A Place to Bury Strangers were in search of a new
drummer. Lia Simone Braswell, an L.A. native, had recently moved to
New York, and was playing drums in shows around Brooklyn "just to keep
her chops up." As it turned out, APTBS bassist Dion Lunadon caught one
of those shows and, after seeing her play, was moved to ask her if she'd
want to come to a band practice sometime.
For well over a decade now, A Place to Bury Strangers-Lunadon, founding
guitarist/singer Oliver Ackermann, and, officially, Lia Braswell-have
become well known for their unwavering commitment to unpredictable,
often bewildering live shows, and total, some might say dangerous
This April marks the release of Pinned, their fifth full-length and an album
that finds them converting difficult moments into some of their most
urgent work to date. It's their first since the 2016 election, and their first
since the 2014 closing of Death By Audio, the beloved Brooklyn DIY space
where Ackermann lived, worked, and created with complete freedom.
There are searing meditations on truth and government-led conspiracies
("Execution"), as well as haunting, harmonized responses to the tensions
of our current political climate ("There's Only One of Us"). It all opens
with "Never Coming Back," a frightening crescendo of group vocals,
vertiginous guitar work, and Lunadon's unrelenting bass. It's a clear and
honest statement of intent, not just for everything that follows, but for
this band as a whole.1. Never Coming Back
3. There's Only One Of Us
4. Situations Changes
5. Too Tough To Kill
6. Frustrated Operator
7. Look Me In The Eye
8. Was It Electric
9. I Know I've Done Bad Things
10. Act Your Age
11. Attitude$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Fragile, As Said BeforeNo Sleep Records is proud to announce the signing of revered New England indie-rock band Foreign Tongues. - Debut full-length LP, recorded at Getaway Recording's studio in Boston with Defeater guitarist and producer Jay Maas, whose credits include Polar Bear Club, Title Fight and Bane. - The band has released a handful of critically acclaimed EPs over the last few years, including 2013's Glue (Youth Conspiracy) and their 2014 No Sleep debut split with The Felix Culpa.$18.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
HomesickBefore digging into the steely, handcrafted technoisms of Homesick, you need to
know a few things about Charles Du , the Bay Area artist behind Matrixxman.
Perhaps most importantly, he is a dedicated futurist-quick to name Google's
director of engineering, Ray Kurzweil, as a major personal inspiration, and prone to
contemplating artificial intelligence and a true post-corporeal reality. He's also a
voracious information junkie, soaking up government conspiracies and
contemporary science-fiction like a proper X-Files fanatic. These cultural reference
points are as integral to the background of Homesick as Detroit, Chicago, and
Berlin's musical legacies. Across the record's versatile tracklist, Matrixxman uses
the language of machines and dancefloors like a hungry pulp novelist, weaving
together his divergent narratives and characters under one sprawling dystopian
If you listened to house and techno in 2014, you've undoubtedly heard the name
Matrixxman. The guy has been on a prolific tear since debuting his project in 2013,
having issued no fewer than 12 cold-ass futuristic releases and taken his
genre-blurring DJ sets around the world in under two years. But his story reaches
much further into the past: back to being a drum & bass-obsessed teenager in the
late '90s, back to when Du 's best friend changed his life with a Juan Atkins mix
CD in 2001, back to producing for hotly tipped MCs like Le1f, Ty Dolla Sign, and YG.
Matrixxman is already a venerable pro with workmanlike constitution, to say the
least, and yet his debut album has only just materialized.
My obsession with the darker sides of humanity's exploits gone awry is secondary
to the more important matter at heart: evolutionary transcendence, Matrixxman
explains. And his focus on cybernetic themes shines through the music. Emergent
AI, interplanetary travel, neuroenhancement drugs, incredible opulence
juxtaposed with abject poverty, leaving physical form and existing as data-Homesick
distills the concepts into thick acid lines, brawny 909 patterns, tonal contrasts,
dynamic aesthetics, and viscous pads steeped in digital ephemera. It begins with
Necronomicon, a massive black cloud of noxious ambience looming over our
story, and ends on the astral mysticism of Earth Like Conditions. Yes, there is an
arc built into Homesick, and the sci-fi epic it illustrates seizes your undivided
Even the tracklist speaks volumes to the record's music and narrative-from the
enhanced motorik systems of Augmented and Network Failure's cognitive
dissonance, to the dark hedonism in Opium Den and the drum machine violence
that drives Switchblade. As Matrixxman says himself, The titles correlate to
distinct, separate scenes. And those visuals just about come alive on tracks like
Packard Plant-a whirring, windswept homage to the desolate Detroit
landmark-or the album's haunted and distant centerpiece, Annika's Theme. Du
is quick to share Annika's identity: She's an incredibly gifted neuroscientist,
pursuing cutting-edge research in fields that will have a profound impact on
humanity. But what exactly she accomplishes and where she goes is unexplained.
Homesick outlines the cues needed to follow along, careful to leave room for us to
fill in the details.
Matrixxman uses his debut album to evoke visions of a not-too-distant-future with
music made both for the dancefloor and the early morning zone-outs that follow.
These are the real world applications of Homesick, though Du comes to it all from
an entirely di erent mindset. We will have the technological capability to fully
map out a human brain in its entirety within 30 years, he starts. The implications
of such a possibility are deep and far reaching. We will be crossing a rubicon
towards a new phase in human consciousness. I am one person that is prepared to
take that step. Once you emerge on the other side of Homesick, it seems possible
that Matrixxman already has.1. Necronomicon
3. Red Light District
4. Packard Plant
6. Network Failure
7. False Pattern Recognition
8. Opium Den
9. Annika's Theme
10. HMU (Hit Me Up) feat. Vin Sol
12. Earth Like Conditions$20.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Burn The WorldAC4 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, 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 unforgettable.1. Curva
2. Who's the Enemy
3. All Talked Out
4. Die Like a Dog
5. Morality Match
7. Dont Belong
8. Diplomacy is Dead
9. Burn the World
10. Eye For an Eye
11. I Won't Play Along
13. Extraordinary Rendition
14. I Don't Want It
15. Off the Hook
16. Left You Behind$15.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
ADAD-DEA-0955xRise and Fall
FaithFaith is Rise And Fall's artistic exploration on the concepts of faith and fate, nature and nurture, and life and death. Struggles that we can all relate to in our daily lives. Sonically, the album melds an impassioned technical proficiency and emotional performance unlike any other previous Rise And Fall release. Showing that in their maturity, Rise And Fall have gained creative depth without losing the ferocity that earned them their rightful place on the throne of the Belgian hardcore community.
Faith was engineered and recorded by Kurt Ballou (Converge) at God City studios. It includes guest appearances by Kurt himself, Stephen Brodsky (Cave In), Justin De Tore (Mind Eraser, etc.), Kevin Baker (The Hope Conspiracy, APMD, etc).
With the first murky chords of opener A Hammer And Nails, Rise And Fall shake the ground with noise rock discordance, weighty hardcore heaviness, and trademark punk metal rage. As the song recedes, they rise up again and unleash Deceiver and The Gallows Await, two truly vicious anthems. While it's welcoming to hear Rise And Fall hit this familiar (yet evolved) stride, it is in their new found dynamics where they really shine. For example, Breathe carries an infectious/hazy jangle that pays homage to the Am Rep world before exploring unorthodox directions. And songs like Burning At Both Ends and Things Are Different Now take unpredictable melodious twists and turns before collapsing into powerful dirges. Not only have Rise And Fall grown musically but lyrically as well. In fact all throughout Faith, soul searching lyrics are more revealing than ever before. Exploring the concept of broken faith, separation from the natural world, and the search for direction in life. This theme and its aural counterpart coalesce in the nearly seven minute epic closer Faith/Fate. A song that metamorphosizes through a hypnotic ebb and flow, only to strip away layers to reveal something primal at the core; audio of the actual heartbeat of Vince's newborn daughter. This is truly a rare and powerful moment to hear in aggressive music; one where real life and art fuse together as one.1. A Hammer and Nails
3. The Gallows Await
4. Burning At Both Ends
5. Things Are Different Now
7. Hidden Hands
9. Dead Weight
10. Faith / Fate$15.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Heavy WindowAfter three LPs and a clutch of 45s, Southern Indiana's Apache Dropout have
loosened an adherence to the divine mono sound and forged a scaly stereo
technique for HEAVY WINDOW This is a deeper, blown out swagger of peer-less
rock 'n' roll filtered through a lush three-dimensional spectrum.
These 11 songs hoist Sonny Blood as one of today's finest guitarist/writers stewed in
the melodic tonic of Sir Winston & The Commons and his own fug'ed 'n' frenzied,
black-out solos. Overdubbed and bounced between tracks until saturation set in,
Sonny's fuzz drenches the caveman rhythms into a timeless sound poetry smacking
onto our suffering, circumstance and flesh. Yet this trio's songs about conspiracies,
revolutionaries and paranoia remain maverick, compact pop songs tethered to a
chorus and groove.
Just as their self-titled debut snapped heads back, Apache Dropout has proven again
they can rescore the garage rock aesthetic and remain undisputed purveyors of true
lysergic North American boogie.
Formed in 2008, Apache Dropout have toured the sub-U.S. underground insistently
while chaste to their uncompromising, out-of-step vision. After previous full-lengths
on Trouble In Mind and Family Vineyard, Apache Dropout return to Magnetic South,
the imprint of their debut single and the publishing arm of their analogue studio, for
this LP/CD release. John Dawson recorded this album at the Bloomington, Indiana
studio during fall 2013.1. Sittin' Around
2. Heavy Window
3. Trash Is Treasure
4. Movie Magic
5. Little Georgie
6. Tired Old Story
7. Crystal Ball
8. Left the Nest
10. Radio Double Agent
11. After the Space Age$18.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now