Bristol hardcore punk band Grand Collapse release their new album “Empty Plinths”. The album follows two LPs and one EP and comes as a real masterpiece that finds the band in the best of shapes.
Their signature hardcore punk sounds are enriched and enhanced with some thrash, mosh and rock influences, which create, along with their direct and smart politically and socially charged lyrics, an explosive mix for all fans of bands such as Propagandhi, Conflict and Bane.
The album title refers to recent historical facts that happened in their hometown Bristol, which resonated and still keep resonating across the World. Cal, the singer, explains:
“In May 2020 the Black Lives Matter protest in Bristol resulted in protestors removing the statue of 17th century slave trader Edward Colston from its plinth in the city centre and dumping it into the harbour. This is an important day in Bristol’s history and an action I was happy to witness. It sparked a reaction across the world which is still ongoing whereby people are affecting their landscape by removing these relics of tyranny. We called the album Empty Plinths on the back of that day and with a consideration of a cityscape without these farcical monuments. We began writing the record in 2019 and wrote most of it that winter into 2020 at a time where social tension in the UK was peaking. I think that mood is reflected in the record which is a lot darker sounding and a heavier album all round. We’re really happy with how it came out and have to give props to Lewis Johns for once again being great to work with and achieving the sound we wanted. The album takes a few twists and turns and hopefully keeps things interesting throughout. It’s an angry piece of music.”
The album is released by Epidemic Records, TNS Records, Don’t Trust The Hype Records, Mass Prod., Urinal Vinyl on vinyl and it’s available on all digital platforms worldwide.
The band is gearing up for a series of UK shows to promote the album and will get back to touring Europe as soon as possible.
For Fans of: Propagandhi, Conflict, Bane.
Beyond Space And Time is the third full length by Gab De La Vega, a singer-songwriter dedicated to folk, punk and indie sounds who, from his experience in the hardcore punk world, has been able to explore and follow a new path made of hints to modern folk and increasingly present traits of alternative rock, until today, a key moment in his creative journey.
Active with this project since 2011, Gab De La Vega goes full band with this album, after the very successful experiment of I Want Nothing, single released in 2017.
The third album was anticipated by Perfect Texture (which sees the collaboration with Nicola Manzan, known for the project Bologna Violenta) and YYZ, two singles with very different souls, to reveal the different sounds present in the album.
Eleven varied tracks that create a compact and solid work, in which the singer-songwriter explores more rock and explosive sounds, always keeping in mind the identity cultivated in recent years and the influences collected over time.
The distance covered since the previous Never Look Back LP is easy to perceive and it is inevitable to see the new dimension that this musical project acquired with this album.
The new work was recorded and mixed by Simone Piccinelli at La Buca Recording Club in Montichiari and mastered by Jack Shirley, Grammy nominated producer and sound engineer (Deafheaven, Oathbreaker, Jeff Rosenstock, Gouge Away…) at The Atomic Garden Studio in Oakland, California.
Gab De La Vega now performs both solo and with a full band lineup as Gab De La Vega and The Open Cages.
Italian Emo/Indie 4 piece Regarde are back with their 2nd Album.
Formed in 2014 they released two EPs, in March 2014 (“Self Titled”) and in September 2015 (“Perspectives”). They recorded their first Full Length “Leavers” (Epidemic Records, available on our store) in Boston (USA) at Getaway Recordings with Jay Maas, releasing it in October 2017.
“The Blue and You” is a 10-tracks record that talks about the unavoidable struggle within yourself, those moments when you finally face the “Blue” buried deep inside of you. Anxiety, concern and sickness are part of who you are, a projection of your being. Even if sometimes its weight is unbearable, the “Blue” keeps growing inside you, shapeshifting itself into the face reflected in your mirrors, polluting every corner of the places you live in, until you finally get face to face with it, embracing who you are.
Sound wise the record is all about vibe. A perfect bass driven vibe combined with beautiful guitar melodies and catchy hooks. Imagine 2015s Turnover (“Peripheral Vision”) combined with the drive of Title Fight and much of Italian “anima and amore” added and you get the sound of Regarde.
Fierce, metal band based in Trieste, Venice and Padova (Italy) announce their debut full lenght.
The album, titled “Eclipsed From The Duat”, follows a demo (2016, Reabsorption) and an EP (2017, Ashes).
This new work is going to be released by Epidemic Records, Shove Records (both from Italy) e the danish Rakkerpak Records.
On top of what already appears as one of the best metal releases of the year, an amazing album artwork by ViewFromTheCoffin.
Since the beginning Disavow has been about a desperate need to express themselves, choosing hardcore as the vehicle for their message. Featuring members and former members Anchor, Gust, Murderofcrows, Oak and Painted Wolves, this band has solid roots in the hardcore punk community.
Their debut 7” Half Empty (Epidemic Records, 2017) was followed by an intense live activity.
If you loved them with Half Empty, you’re probably going crazy for this first full length!
Additional vocals on ‘See Through Me’ by Chris Colohan (Sect)
Additional vocals on ‘Abstain’ by Andrea Cengic (Waste)
Recorded and mixed by Ulf Blomberg at Hobo Rec/The End Studios.
Mastered by Will Killingsworth at Dead Air Studios.
Artwork by Isabell Kirstinä.
For Fans of: No Tolerance, Trash Talk, Rotting Out.
Second Youth is back with a new EP called “Juvenile”, a blast of Cali-style punk rock!
The release is going to be available worldwide, thanks to the efforts of IndieBox Music (Italy), Epidemic Records (Europe) and Paper and Plastick Records (USA) from April 12th.
“Zero” “Juvenile” “Morons” “Blue”, 4 very inspired songs, show how this band is getting the most of their actual second youth.
Awareness, romanticism, great story telling. The four piece is no less than bigger names in the genre. Their melodies will disarm you and hit you right in the heart.
Get ready for another small yet big masterpiece by Second Youth! (Vinyl is 12”, screenprinted on B-side, 300 copies only!)
To Kill has been one of the most influential European hardcore bands in the last 15 years. After their final shows in 2014, the band has reunited for a single show at Venezia Hardcore Fest in May 2019. Just for this show, they recorded 2 new songs and rerecorded a classic of theirs, plus a Growning Concern cover.
These new recordings are the heaviest songs they have ever produced and they can turn their fans’ nostalgia into a renewed energy and love for their music and their message. Lyrics are still on point and riffs as sharp as a razorblade. This is a one time only release: limited pressing, handnumbered, colored vinyl (transparent orange). Both the band and Epidemic Records decided that there won’t be represses. For all fans of this amazing band, it’s now or never.
Blowfuse is an incredible band both live and on record. Daily Ritual is the record of their maturity. Think of a combination between 90s melodic hardcore / californian skate punk and 90s rock vibes, with a touch of funky sounds. These guy are all about the groove and the melody. Think of the energy of bands such as Nofx, Pennywise, Bad Religion and Lagwagon combined with the groove of bands such as Living Colour, Faith No More, Rage Against The Machine, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Pearl Jam… Is it possible? Yes, it is! Check out this album, every song is different from the other, each one of them is a musical journey, along with personal, smart, deep lyrics.
Marnero from Bologna (Italy) is an amazing four piece band. Their debut was a split with Sinosedesis, before opening their monumental concept saga, which has seen, until now, three chapters: “Naufragio Universale” (2010), “Il Sopravvissuto” (2013) and “La Malora” (2016).
It’s time for a new chapter: “Quando Vedrai Le Navi In Fiamme Sarà Giunta L’Ora”, to be out in October 2018 via Epidemic Records, Sangue Dischi, Dischi Bervisti, To Lose La Track, Shove Records, Sonatine Produzioni, Controcanti (Vinyl and CD). A cooperation between all these Italian labels, which have a long history of friendship and shared values with the band.
Fredag den 13:e is a scandi-core institution based in Gothenburg, Sweden. This band has been around for about a decade now and their sounds resonates with influences from the last 30 years of rock music.
Their metal infused crust-hardcore punk sounds range from fragments of Gothenburg death sounds made famous by At The Gates, followed by raging d-beat and crust (think of Tragedy, but also some other d-beat monsters) . All mixed with a rock’n’roll feeling that reminds of Poison Idea, with heavy hardcore breakdowns on top.
Lyrics are deep and charged with a message about society and politics, with no clichès.
Comes in an elegant gatefold cover, with a 50×50 poster. A wild beast of pure scandinavian sounds, for all the metalheads and the punks out there!
Joliette is one of the most active and acknowledge acts from Mexico, with fans on both sides of the Atlantic. Their sound includes elements of post-hardcore, screamo, math-rock, metal and other punk influences, in a “mezcla” the band defines as “Post-Everything”.
They’ve just recently released a split tape with Frameworks (Deathwish Inc), but they haven’t put out unreleased music for a while… until now.
Epidemic Records puts out a brand new 7” with two brand new tracks. Deathwish Inc. is helping us making it available in North America.
Discomfort put out their incredible third album, called “Fear”.
Following their split with US False Light, “Fear” is a roaring beast of shredding riffs, harsh vocals and devastating drums.
Discomfort worked in the studio with Maurizio Baggio at La Distilleria, and cooperated with Servadio on the artwork.
This new chapter sees guest vocals of Marco Coslovich (The Secret) and also Patrick Thomas and Issy Varoumas (False Light).
The album is out on vinyl, CD and digital via Epidemic Records.
Our favorite power trio is back! Wild Animals from Madrid return with a new LP.
“The Hoax” is the title of this new chapter, 10 songs produced by Santi Garcia, who captured their powerful and melodic sound like never before.
Energetic and entertaining but still deeply “politically-aware”, with “The Hoax” Wild Animals show us what they are capable of. Fans of bands such as Hüsker Dü, RVIVR, Jawbreaker and Dinosaur Jr. will love this album.
La Armada joins Epidemic Records to release their new LP in Europe!
Born in the beginning of the 2000s in Santo Domingo (Dominican Republic), this band moved to Chicago, IL in 2007.
Their new album, called “Anti-Colonial Vol.1”, out via Creep Records (US) and Epidemic Records (Europe), is a call for resistance in reaction to increased visibility and power in the hands of the “alternative right”, religious extremists and white supremacists in the United States and worldwide.
To promote the album they left on tour with Propagandhi and Iron Chic in North America and will come back to Europe soon, after an incredible performance at Punk Rock Holiday last year.
La Armada is a mix of wild, sharp and heavy riffs, angry vocals, irresistible breakdowns; a thrash / hardcore / punk crossover with politically meaningful lyrics.
An explosive sound, ready to detonate, for fans of: Propagandhi, Converge, Bad Brains and Sick Of It All!
Watch “Fire”: https://youtu.be/Ec1U7QXqEpE
Listen to “Unquenchable”: https://youtu.be/NzC7JXq1jjc
(CD Edition is out via Creep Records, available in Europe via Epidemic Records.)
The band, based in Gothenburg, has previously released a demo and started touring across Europe right away after that.
This new release is a 7” called “Half Empty”. Six tracks of pure hardcore fury with no compromise.
Harsh, angry and dark, but still as sharp as a razor blade.
Disavow features current members and former members Anchor, Gust, Murderofcrows, Oak and Painted Wolves.
“Half Empty” has been recorded and mixed by David Zackrisson and mastered by Daniel Husayn at North London Bomb Factory. The artwork has been created by Isabell Kirstinä.
Two tracks sees guest vocals by Derek Archambault (Defeater, on “Sick”) and Fredrik Larzon (Millencolin, on “No Devotion”).
“I Want Nothing” (recorded in May 2017) is Gab De La Vega’s new single. The italian punk-folk-hardcore singer-songwriter worked this time with drummer Marco “Cello” Cellini (previously with Gab in the hardcore punk trio The Smashrooms) and with Simone Piccinelli, who worked on two of his previous LPs (Songs Of Existence and Never Look Back). It’s the first time with a full band arrangement in studio, which Gab defined as “a real attempt to come out of my comfort zone and I feel like I made it with the best of results.”
Side B is an acoustic rendition of The Misfits classic “Some Kinda Hate”.
The post-rock/instrumental band Ornaments (Italy) releases their album “Drama” on vinyl, thanks to the cooperation between Epidemic Records, Sangue Records and Shove Records.
The album came out in digital and CD format in 2016, but the three labels are now making it available in an elegant double 12” packaging. 180 g vinyl; 300 copies made; 200 black and 100 yellow (limited edition).
“Drama” is a concept album inspired by Aeschylus’ tragedy “Prometheus Bound” and it has already taken the band out for live activities.
Hailing from Vicenza, Italy, Regarde plays passionate music, songs full of poetry and tunes you’ll fall in love with immediately.
“Leavers”, first full lenght album of the band, which is coming out this Fall via Epidemic Records, Wiretap Records (both vinyl, Europe and US) and V4V (digital and tape).
It’s been engineered and mixed by Jay Maas (Defeater, Title Fight, Citizen) and Daniel Esteban Florez at Getaway Recordings (Boston, USA) in december 2016. Mastered by Azimuth Masterings (New Jersey, USA) in december 2016.
All fans of Emo Punk of the 90s and current bands such as Title Fight and Basement will love Regarde too!
Zoe Bios, first EP from the band, recorded in 2014, has been reissued, along with a new song called “Anbruch”. CD edition, a very few copies available! Don’t miss the other two releases from the band: “Monument” and “The World Is Nothing”. For fans of Trap Them, Cursed and Botch.
The unstoppable Greek tour machine My Turn is back with 10 tracks of pure hardcore on vinyl!
The album has been recorded and mixed by George Tsavdaridis at Fabric Studios in Larissa (Greece) and mastered by Alan Douches at West West Side Music in New York (USA).
The record is a roaring mix of heavy riffs, angry vocals, blasting drums and sharp lyrics. Fans of bands such as Madball, Backtrack and Bane will definitely love it.
Zeit is a cool band from Venice (Italy) which makes fans of Trap Them, Cursed and Botch jump and bang their heads!
This EP comes in an elegant digipack edition and features unreleased songs and an At The Gates cover.
The french hardcore punk band Nine Eleven comes back with a new LP, called “Sentintels”. Recorded and mixed by Amaury Sauvé and mastered by New East Alliance Studio (USA), “Sentinels” is a solid blend of anger, heavy sounds and melody, which is we all love in this band, but there are also new very interesting ideas and influences, which make this album sound like none of those released before.
180g vinyl with gatefold cover and poster.
Discomfort (Italy) and False Light (USA) share this vinyl, which is out thanks to the efforts internationally between Assurd Records (Italy), Epidemic Records (Italy), Eastrain Records (France) and Headfirst Records (USA).
Both bands are dedicated to wild, heavy, loud and dark sounds, between blast-beats and sludge breakdowns. Also, both False Light and Discomfort have many shows and tours under their belts, including a tour together in the USA.
Cover artwork by Ethan Lee McCarthy (Primitive Man).
Limited edition (red vinyl, only 100 copies made, exclusive of the labels involved) comes with an extra screenprinted fluo artwork on black cardboard that glows in the dark!
Fans of dark, fast, heavy and angry sounds will fall in love with this split for sure!
This Madrid-based punk rock power trio has already gained much attention in Spain as well as in the rest of Europe and their previous release has sold out really fast.
If you expect an average punk rock band, you’re totally wrong. These three Wild Animals are able to deliver deep, full of energy and entertaining songs and at the same time give that “politically-aware/DIY” feeling that we love at Epidemic Records.
Althought nothing provides a better description than putting a vinyl on your turntable, this band is definitely the next favorite band for fans of RVIVR, Hüsker Dü and Dinosaur Jr.
Zeit is a cool band from Venice (Italy) which makes fans of Trap Them, Cursed and Botch jump and bang their heads! This is the reissue of their great album “The World Is Nothing”, for the first time in an elegant digipack CD format.
Filth In My Garage from Italy plays a mix of hardcore punk, post hardcore, noise and post rock. Atmospheric intermissions and raging moments alternate, to create a unique sound that perfectly matches the emotional load of the lyrics.
The album has a vibrant sound, spontaneous yet precise. A very mature songwriting shows how this band has improved thanks to a non-stop touring activity and sincere passion and determination.
Last but not least, the album comes with an absolutely amazing artwork, by Stefano Bonora (singer) and his brother Mattia. The vinyl version also includes a full-side booklet with lyrics and a beautiful artwork for every song too. Fans of (latest) Poison The Well, City Of Ships, Cave In and Everytime I Die will love this band.
This vinyl by Lamantide follows the acclaimed S/T CD.
Ferocious parts alternate downtempo passages. Heavy sounds, mixed with dark shades and a melancholic taste. Discordant riffs and very melodic intermissions. Hints to black metal, crust and post-hardcore. Personal lyrics sung in Italian, with Latin quotes.
The vinyl, which comes in transparent wax, has been recorded and mixed at Raptor Studio in Vicenza (Italy) and mastered at Audiosiege (Portland, USA) by Brad Boatright. Gozer Visions is the hand behind the artwork.
For fans of: Converge, Botch, Alpinist.
Iron is a band from Malmö, Sweden. They teamed up with Epidemic Records and other labels to release a EP called “Midnight Raids”.
For those who are not familiar with this band yet, they play fast, pissed off hardcore punk and identify themselves as a vegan, straight edge, sex positive, queer and vehemently anti-capitalist band.
This 7” vinyl features five songs of rage and passion, spanning over themes such as direct action/animal liberation, sexual freedom and drug free living for the revolution.
Vengeance Today is a straight edge band from Chemnitz / Dresden area (Germany). They play hardcore with a metallic edge. Heavy sounds, sharp riffs, harsh vocals, some melodic hints. Music inspired by the 90s bands, with modern influences. Lyrics are smart and meaningful.
Last but not least, Vengeance Today strictly rejects racism, sexism and homophobia and support a drug free lifestyle. Three of the guys in the band are vegan, all of them live and encourage straight edge.
Left In Ruins from Trento (Italy) confirms its potential with this energetic album titled “Ghost”. Fast and raw hardcore punk, straight to the point: a perfect blend of old school, powerviolence, fastcore and unpredictable hints of grunge. Left In Ruins’ immediate and in-your-face sound is the appropriate soundtrack for the band’s lyrics, where disillusion and anger mix together. One-sided vinyl, black or transparent. Nice rendition of Jefferson Airplane’s “Somebody To Love” included. A total blast.
The Smashrooms are back with a new, incredible, LP! The band express its new sound in this album. More technical, more melodic yet aggressive and furious, with better songwriting and better vocals. Lyrics charged with a political message, far from easy slogans.First listeners compared this new album from the italian hardcore trio as a blend of Propagandhi, early Ignite and something like Trial. We don’t know if these references are correct, so let the songs speak for themselves! Available both in vinyl (12″) and CD edition.
The vegan wolfpack strikes again! Darker, heavier, angrier: Painted Wolves consolidate the sound of the previous “Unholy” 7″, adding new ingredients to their sound. The scandinavian influences and the dark atmosphere are mixed together, in a blend of hardcore punk with cutting edges. Painted Wolves is an incredible band, with members of Death Is Not Glamorous, Anchor, Dead Vows, 8 Days Of Nothing and The Smackdown.
Introducing Painted Wolves, from the Scandinavian lands! With members of Death Is Not Glamorous, Anchor, Dead Vows, 8 Days Of Nothing and The Smackdown. Aggressive and dark hardcore punk, angry vocals and sharp riffs. An impressive impact condensed in 4 songs; you won’t survive this vegan wolfpack!
Raindance (formerly known as Outrage) is a band from Massachussets/Rhode Island, US.“Sold Souls” is an incredible record, with two unreleased songs from the band and an amazing cover of Helmet (yeah, I said Helmet!) pressed in white wax! Fans of Unbroken, 108, Deftones and the 90s school will love this record!
The Smashrooms is a hardcore punk trio based in Brescia, Italy. It’s a politically aware band, pretty active in the DIY scene. This record is a mix between anthemic old school and 90s hardcore influences. Lyrics are expressed from a personal point of view but charged with messages.
From Austria, Plague Mass is one of the most particular realities in european hardcore punk scene. They toured the US once and Europe several times.
Furious riffings and desperate screaming vocals are mixed with atmospheric, obscure and melancholic intermissions. Rage, passion, commitment, heart. Fury and melody for a poetry of revolution!
Hailing from Rome/Abruzzo, Italy, these guys play an excellent mix betweeen Strife, Tragedy and Ensign. Furious but melodic riffs and screaming vocals, lyrics with a lot of things to say!This first full lenght comes after a couple of demos and gave the chance to Rise From The Agony to visit some european countries to bring their music and message!
Brescia (Italy) hardcore trio’s “The Wind Of Tomorrow” is an Intense and passionate piece of hardcore mixing the immediacy of the old school with more modern sounds. Politically charged songs with a personal touch to bring the message straight to your heart!
German fast-thrash-core commando strikes again! Nervous Breakdown plays fast paced songs with slow and heavy intermissions, still keeping it at full speed and in your face.Angry lyrics and frantic rhythm: this 10” LP (that comes out with a cool gatefold cover) is a must for those who love old school fast hardcore punk. Many kids around Europe and the US got the chance to see them live and they can confirm: this band is dynamite!
German political vegan straight edge Sink Or Swim (Now two of them play in Wolf Down) vs finnish skate straight edge band In One Piece (Now they have members playing in Foreseen). Both bands are deeply committed, sincere… and extremely powerful!
Affluente/Contrasto – Insurrezione – Split – 7″ (2008)l
Ludd – E’ tempo di partire – CD (2008)
RFT – La cognizione del dolore – CD (2008)
Le Tormenta/Gargantha – Split – 7″ (2008)
L.E.A.R.N./Common Enemy – Till death – Split 7″ (2008)
No White Rag – Nothing left – CD (2008)
Anxtv – Neve rosso sangue – 7″ (2007)
Lobotomy Refusal – Gabbie di sbarre – CD (2007)
The Smashrooms – Rest in war – CD (2007)
Milizia HC – L’inferno dell’uguaglianza – CD (2007)
Vilification – …To my worst enemy – CD (2006)
Lucida Follia – Oltre l’orizzonte degli eventi – CD (2005)
The Smashrooms – The right and the wrong – CD (2004)