Touché Amoré / Pianos Become The Teeth "Split"
Format: 7"EP, Digital
A beautiful pairing of two of the most interesting bands playing melodic hardcore today, Touche Amore and Pianos Become The Teeth.
Touche Amore are a thought provoking, passionate band from Los Angeles, CA. Throughout their relentless touring and the release of their album "Parting The Sea Between Brightness and Me", Touche Amore have established themselves as one of the most exciting young bands in contemporary hardcore/punk.
Here, Touche Amore offer up the exceptional "Gravity, Metaphorically", a stripped down and discordant emotional roller coaster of a song. For over four minutes, Touche Amore rattle and buzz through tempo changes and jangly riffs, as vocalist/lyricist Jeremy Bolm pours out his heart and soul in his trademark way. A poignant step forward for a band that continues to impress with every effort.
Pianos Become The Teeth are one of the bands leading the latest generation of emotional hardcore/punk. Led by unique vocalist/lyricist Kyle Durfey, they create moving music with a focus on his powerfully poetic story telling capabilities.
With this release, Pianos Become The Teeth offer up their extraordinary new song "Hiding". Meandering melodic guitar work weaves in and out before Durfey expels "There's no good in your eyes anymore..." telling a weighty and complex tale of the subtle nuances of love and conflict. The song continues to push and pull as emotions do throughout it's five minute run. Slowly building only to beautifully crash in a way that only Pianos Become The Teeth can.
200 - Clear (Touche Amore exclusive color)
200 - Beer (Pianos Become The Teeth exclusive color)
500 - Electric Blue (Deathwish exclusive color)
500 - Gold (Top Shelf exclusive color)
1500 - Electric Blue / Gold split
5129 - Opaque Aqua Blue
Heiress "Early Frost"
Format: LP, Digital
"Early Frost" by Heiress is a grim and discordant artistic journey into the cold soul of the Pacific Northwest.
Recorded by renowned engineer Jack Endino (Nirvana, Seaweed, etc), "Early Frost" opens with the airy post-everything beast "All Ruins" and immediately sets an ominous tone (think Enslaved covering Slint). Wasting no time, Heiress then dive deep into the awe inducing title track "Early Frost". A beautifully haunting song filled with delicate melody and hair raising emotion. Songs like the unforgettable "Beyond Fevering" and eery "Splintering" continue this sonic exploration, experimenting with cryptic vocal stylings before unfurling true sonic power. All of first level observations aside, what is so refreshing is just how non-metal and unpredictable Heiress are, while they carry such a foreboding collective soul. Heiress melodiously twist when other artists would predictably turn up the volume. For example in the stunning track "Again, Before" Heiress masterfully introduce a pan flute, where other artists would inject a stereotypical guitar solo. After nine mesmerizing tracks, we are led through the darkness to the epic closer "Bolt and Tomb", a song which opens with thirty seconds of hypnotic percussion, building to a crescendo of truly glacial proportions. "Early Frost" from Heiress is an essential experience for those who are searching for substance in today's heavy music world.
110 - Red
440 - Green
466 - Black
Code Orange Kids "Love is Love // Return to Dust"
Format: LP, CD, Digital
"Love is Love // Return to Dust" is Code Orange Kids' debut album, recorded at God City Studios by Kurt Ballou (Converge). From the first organic stick clicks of opener "Flowermouth (The Leech)" musical chaos explodes in every direction imaginable. As their tangle of guitars and angular percussion violently lurches about, it's apparent that Code Orange Kids are unconcerned with following the predetermined path of any existing sub-genre (i.e. they are their own unpredictable animal). Code Orange Kids' dirges effortlessly become staccato bursts in "Liars // Trudge" and "Nothing (The Rat), two songs with so many hairpin turns they are difficult to put into words. While adversely, songs like "Colors (Into Nothing)" and "Calm // Breathe" unfurl as beautifully layered musical expanses. As impressive as these dynamics are, it is Code Orange Kids' untamed heaviness and emotion in the title referenced songs "Choices (Love is Love)" and "Bloom (Return to Dust)" that will leave you floored. These two monstrous beasts smear the divisions between art-rock, punk, doom, and noise in a way never heard before. Without a doubt, "Love is Love // Return to Dust" is truly impressive, as much a work of art as it is an album. A shining example of the bright future that awaits the world of aggressive music.
308 - Clear Yellow / Black Vinyl Mix
728 - Opaque Orange Vinyl
2040 - White Vinyl
298 - Opaque Maroon (Code Orange Kids exclusive)
1799 - Opaque Yellow
Converge "All We Love We Leave Behind"
Format: 2XLP (CD and Digital on Epitaph).
Converge need little introduction as they have been innovating and bending the rules of metallic hardcore since 1990, influencing scores of copycats and delivering some of the most forward-thinking and sonically abrasive hardcore ever heard. This new album continues to blaze a new path over 17 tracks of desperation led by the scathing guitar work of Kurt Ballou and tortured howls of frontman Jacob Bannon. Creating what is being considered the best album of their legendary two decade long reign as kings of the genre.
"All We Love We Leave Behind" is a double album comes packaged in a reverse board gatefold jacket, printed with silver embossing.
"#1 ALBUM OF THE YEAR” - Decibel Magazine
110 - Clear
339 - Transparent Blue / White mix
718 - Green / Black mix
805 - Orange / Black mix (Converge exclusive)
1003 - 180 Gram Black
1021 - Transparent Yellow (King's Road exclusive)
4352 - Transparent Red
Birds In Row "You, Me, & The Violence"
Format: CD, LP, Digital
"You, Me, & The Violence" is the latest masterpiece from Birds In Row. The album explodes out of the gates with "Pilori", a sonic crash and bang statement of personal independence among with society's faults and fractures. Birds In Row then continue down this road, expressing disdain and struggle in songs like "Cages", "Guillotine", and "Walter Freeman". All of them musically harboring a beautiful tangle of emotional vocals and distortion. And just when it feels like the album is almost too overpowering, Birds In Row unfurl a moment of musical clarity in "Last Last Chance", a haunting guitar and vocal break. Their collective control of their dynamics is masterful work. "You, Me, & The Violence" and "Grey Hair" are near perfect examples of this, naturally shifting between searing and serene in tone. If you weren't in awe of Birds In Row in the first eleven songs, the twelve minute closer "Lovers Have Their Say" will leave you floored, as it is an ominous epic that artistically unwinds in truly spectacular fashion.
300 - Opaque Yellow Vinyl
685 - White Vinyl
1006 - Clear Vinyl
Converge / Napalm Death "Split"
Format: 7"EP, Digital
Self released by Converge and Napalm Death, exclusively Distributed by Deathwish Direct.
Legendary bands Converge and Napalm Death have come together for a split release, bridging the worlds of personal and politically driven extreme music.
Recorded as part of their new album sessions, Converge offer up the blazing new song "No Light Escapes". Already a staple of their live set, this whirlwind of an emotional charged song is a soon to be a discordant hardcore/metal anthem for the band. Also on the release, Converge offer a "We Are The World" styled rendition of the influential Entombed classic "Wolverine Blues". Joining them in tribute is a number of friends including Tomas Lindberg (Disfear, At The Gates, Lock Up), Aaron Turner (Isis, Old Man Gloom, Split Cranium), Kevin Baker (APMD, The Hope Conspiracy), Brian Izzi (Trap Them), and more. A new Converge album will surface later in 2012 on Epitaph/Deathwish.
On the flip side, metal pioneers Napalm Death offer up two new aural monsters. First, "Will By Mouth" erupts in classic grind fashion. A buzz of brutal guitars and a crushing blast beat lay a foundation for Barney Greenway's vicious vocal attack. All of it uniquely bleeding together to paint a vivid picture of social unrest. Also on the release, Napalm Death offer the slower and textural new song "No Impediment To Triumph (Bhopal)". A deeply resonant number that lyrically sheds light on the horrific Bhopal Gas Tragedy of 1984. Without question, "No Impediment…" is truly a powerful and poignant moment for this legendary band.
4 - Test Presses
1054 - Fluorescent Pink vinyl (Band Color)
1049 - Fluorescent Yellow vinyl (Band Color)
1045 - "Vinyl Bong" Random colors of vinyl (DW Estore Color)
2043 - Gold vinyl (Deathwish Direct Retail/Distro Color)
Touché Amoré "Live on BBC Radio 1"
Format: 7"EP, Digital
Since their inception, Touche Amore have been touring relentlessly, playing their brand of emotional hardcore/punk everywhere from dingy basements to sprawling arenas. While traveling in the UK in 2011, they were invited to record at the legendary BBC Studios for "The Punk Show" with host Mike Davies. Being the music fanatics they are, Touche Amore excitedly accepted the offer. There they worked with acclaimed engineer Simon Askew (Pulp, PJ Harvey, Foo Fighters) during a half day of recording. With a trophy resume like that, you would think that Touche Amore would be presented here in a polished state, but the contrary is true. Here we experience four of their well known anthems in their most stripped down, road worn state. All at goose-bump inducing, speaker blowing volume.
200 - Clear
300 - Transparent Purple
700 - Transparent Orange
1500 - Transparent Blue
2300 - White