Coliseum "Anxiety's Kiss"
Format: CD, LP, Cassette, Digital
Founded by Louisville musician Ryan Patterson and including Kayhan Vaziri and Carter Wilson, power trio Coliseum have grown to become one of today's quintessential contemporary punk bands. Successfully melding progressive musicianship, hardcore fervor, and vital social awareness into one constantly evolving artistic vision.
Over the last decade Coliseum have released music on a host of labels including; Temporary Residence, Relapse, Level Plane, Auxiliary (Ryan’s own label), and Deathwish.
“Anxiety’s Kiss” is the new album from Coliseum, recorded at The Magpie Cage by producer/engineer J. Robbins (Jawbox, Burning Airlines). “Anxiety’s Kiss” is a hook-laden maturation of the Coliseum sound. Nods to their early D-Beat leanings are there, but it is their willingness to embrace Post-Punk melody and explore the space between notes that make “Anxiety’s Kiss” so alluring. Confidently growing within the punk world, without ever leaving it behind.
“We Are The Water” kicks things off with a synth-driven stomp while lyrically serving as a poignant social awakening and call for human empathy. Amidst a tangle and twang of melody, “Course Correction” and “Wrong/Goodbye” then emerge to tackle the ripe subjects of class division and police brutality. “Drums & Amplifiers” picks up pace, taking on those who reflect on their punk past rather than absorb the spirit that still charges the air around us. It’s not all social and subcultural commentary though. The dizzying “Dark Light Of Seduction” and sultry “Sharp Fangs, Pale Flesh” (where J. Robbins guests performing the BulBul Tarang) are darkly provocative narratives about the power of lust and love. In soul and tone, they both interject an emotional underbelly to it all. Robbins also adds bass on “Comedown”, an industrial-tinged romp led by Vaziri’s baritone guitar and Wilson’s booming toms. Coincidentally, it is also the first Coliseum song ever recorded to not feature Patterson on guitar. “Sunlight in a Snowstorm” is the band at their most melodic, with a snow-covered New York City as its lyrical backdrop. The high beam lit, cinematic noir of “Driver at Dusk” and infectious, fuzzed-out “Escape Yr Skull” lastly descend to close out the album. A flawless, yin and yang pairing that is Coliseum at the peak of their experimental and anthemic powers.
01. We Are The Water
02. Course Correction
04. Drums & Amplifiers
05. Dark Life Of Seduction
06. Sharp Fangs, Pale Flesh
08. Sunlight In A Snowstorm
09. Driver At Dusk
10. Escape Yr Skull
315 - Clear w/ Splatter
733 - Semi-Transparent Brown
1047 - Silver
300 - Cassette Tape
Self Defense Family "Talia b/w Taxying"
Format: 7"EP, Digital
Available exclusively from the Deathwish Store beginning on Record Store Day, April 18th, 2015. Features "Talia" the first single from Self Defense Family's "Heaven Is Earth" album as well as an exclusive B-side "Taxying".
Limited 1000 copies on Black vinyl.
Burning Love "Down So Long b/w Medicine Man"
Format: 7"EP, Digital
Burning Love are an unapologetic punk band from Toronto, fronted by vocalist/lyricist Chris Colohan (Cursed, Left For Dead, Ruination, etc). Burning Love's approach is more nuanced than his previous bands. Mixing raw melody and swagger (akin to Laughing Hyenas, Poison Idea, etc) into their hardcore blood. Since 2007, Burning Love have released a number of records on labels like Deranged, High Anxiety, and Southern Lord.
"Down So Long" b/w "Medicine Man" is a two song banger of an EP, recorded by Josh Korody at Candle in Toronto (Fucked Up, etc). Opener "Down So Long" emerges from ghostly feedback with an unrelenting punk romp. Lyrically addressing the social chaos of our world askew, despite the illusion of military and political order. While the infectious "Medicine Man" addresses fashionable drug addiction in the punk world, despite the trail of havoc that it cuts through the most wounded of world populations.
01. Down So Long
02. Medicine Man
03. Secret Solace (Digital Only)
329 - White
769 - Clear w/ White Smoke
1091 - Grey
The highly anticipated vinyl repress of "Two", the sophmore album from Cursed.
This new superior version of "Two" was manufactured using brand new pressing plates, making the release sound more monstrous than ever before. All of it presented in a gatefold jacket with revamped artwork and packaging.
This is the second in a series of singular represses of the entire Cursed full length catalog from Deathwish ("One" is now available). Cursed "Two" and "Three" albums were originally released by the defunct Goodfellow label, and are under exclusive license to Deathwish from Sonic Unyon Distribution.
A final limited box set of all three albums and a book of Cursed related material by Chris Colohan will be released later down the road via a partnership of Deathwish and Colohan's own label, High Anxiety.
Cursed were Canada's metallic monstrosity fronted by vocalist/lyricist Chris Colohan formerly of The Swarm, Left For Dead, and Ruination. The band also featured former Ire and Black Hand members.
Originally released in 2005, "Two" was the intense second album from Cursed. Distinctly their own animal, Cursed took the most powerful qualities of the aggressive sub-genres and turned them into something raw and explosive. Ultimately influencing and shaping the heavy music world as we know it today.
01. Intro / Fatalist
04. Head Of The Baptist
05. The Void
07. Old Money
08. Clocked In Punched Out
09. Model Home Invasion
10. Hell Comes Home
11. Outro Reprise
315 - Clear Multi Splatter
733 - Silver / Black Mix
2023 - Silver
Touché Amoré / Self Defense Family "Self Love"
Format: 7"EP, Digital
TASDF “Self Love” is a collaborative release between Touche Amore and Self Defense Family members. “Self Love” was created by 15 musicians working together as one band, all eventually captured by engineer Will Yip (Blacklisted, Title Fight) at Studio 4 in Conshohocken, PA.
A-Side “Circa 95” is an upbeat combination of Touche Amore’s explosive emotional leanings and Self Defense Family’s trademark cynicism. As the song twist and turns, it peels and curls to reveal layers of guitars and dueling percussion. All while lyrically paying subtle homage to hardcore legends Unbroken. While B-Side “Low Beams” begins with a contagious jangle before erupting into an catchy sonic finale. Telling the story of nomadic displacement; the highs, lows, and in between that many who travel the open road experience.
01. Circa 95
02. Low Beams
200 - Clear
200 - White
300 - Opaque Light Pink
726 - Transparent Orange
5320 - Opaque Grey
Self Defense Family / Creative Adult "Split"
Format: 7"EP, Digital
A split release between Deathwish and Run For Cover Records.
Creative Adult comes from the diverse musical breeding ground of California's North Bay Punk scene. With hardcore roots, they explore noisy, sometimes psychedelic sounds with an undeniable Dischord styled edge. Their song “Americans” meanders and builds as if were an ’85 era Punk anthem. Using musical repetition and biting social commentary to create a dark, infectious atmosphere.
Self Defense Family are one of the most prolific Punk bands out there today. Through countless releases and as many musical contributors (they have had more than ten active members at any given time), the collective has grown in both sound and vision. Their song here, “Somertron” is the band at their best. An experimental tangle of guitar melody swirls as Patrick Kindlon’s unmistakable story telling swells into a beautiful, fracturing crescendo.
01. Americans - Creative Adult
02. Somerton - Self Defense Family
332 - Transparent Red
330 - Transparent Green
332 - Opaque White
2295 - Clear
Harm's Way "Rust"
Format: CD, LP, Digital
“Rust” is the new album from Harm’s Way. Recorded at Brick Top Recordings by Andy Nelson (Weekend Nachos, Dead In The Dirt), mixed at God City Studios by Kurt Ballou (Converge, High On Fire), and mastered by Brad Boatright at Audiosiege (Obituary, Nails). Brutally and meticulously refined, “Rust” brilliantly combines industrial repetition (think Godflesh), metal attack (think Sepultura, Helmet, Celtic Frost), and hardcore aggression. Showing that Harm’s Way have emerged from the wreckage of past genres as the new high watermark of heavy in contemporary aggressive music.
Opener “Infestation” stomps with machine-like precision before plunging into a depressing sonic dirge. While songs like “Law Of The Land”, “Hope”, “Cancerous Ways”, and others introduce guitar and electronic driven atmospherics into the arsenal. These subtle dynamics bleed into other aspects of “Rust” as well. Mid-album beast “Left To Disintegrate” unfurls as an unforgettable anti-anthem ripe with infectious creeping metallic undertones. While “Amongst The Rust” and “Turn To Stone” introduce guest vocals from Colin Young (Twitching Tongues) and Emily Jancetic. Both of them adding haunting nuance to the brute force of the band. All of this leads to the epic closer “Ease My Mind”; a take-no-prisoners aural bludgeoning so heavy that it needs to be heard to be believed.
02. Law Of The Land
05. Cancerous Ways
06. Amongst The Rust
08. Docile Bodies
09. Turn To Stone
10. Ease My Mind
314 - Rust
707 - Cloudy Clear
2100 - Ginger Ale