YAITW "When Life Comes To Death"
Format: LP, CD, Digital
YAITW (Young and in the Way) are a blackened metal/crust hybrid from the shadows of North Carolina. Over the last four years YAITW have evolved through multiple releases from vicious monster to multi-headed beast. With each offering melding a vicious metal speed and hypnotic atmospherics with a bleak hardcore/punk spirit.†
"When Life Comes To Death" is the newest album from YAITW. It is their eleven song war between the pain of living and the magnetic pull of death. Each song is as dispirited and vitriolic as the next. Embattled opener "Betrayed By Light" emerges from darkness first, setting an ominous tone with haunting buzz-saw guitars, vicious vocals, and crushing d-beat drumming. While YAITW embrace demon speed and emotional dynamics in nihilistic hymns "Be My Blood", "Take My Hand", "We Are Nothing", and more. All leading to closers "Shadow of Murder" and "Embrace Extinction", that together play as an aural eclipse of truly epic proportions.
01. Betrayed By Light
02. Fuck This Life
03. Be My Blood
04. Self Inflicted
05. Loved and Unwanted
06. We Are Nothing
07. Final Dose
08. Weep In My Dust
09. Take My Hand
10. Shadow Of Murder
11. Embrace Extinction
Wovenhand "Refractory Obdurate"
Format: CD, LP, Digital
Wovenhand is a band led by dedicated life-musician and lyricist, David Eugene Edwards. Over the last two decades, his prolific work in both Wovenhand and the legendary 16 Horsepower has influenced and inspired a generation of musicians throughout the expansive alternative music world.
Wovenhand cannot be described in traditional terms. Their sound is an organic, weavework of neo-folk, post rock, punk, old-time, and alternative sounds. All coming together as a vehicle for David's soulful expression and constant spiritual self exploration. Sometimes sad and sorrowed and at other times uplifting, Wovenhand are always unforgettable in spirit and sound.
"Refractory Obdurate" is the latest album from Wovenhand. Joining David on this album are longtime percussionist Ordy Garrison, along with musicians Chuck French and Neil Keener (Planes Mistaken For Stars, Git Some).
"Refractory Obdurate" is a moving masterwork that shows Wovenhand exploring louder roots hinted at on prior albums. As they maintain their melodious course, "Good Shepherd", "Field of Hedon", and "Hiss", stomp forth with a newly amplified punk rock heart. While "The Refractory", "Salome", and "Obdurate Obscura" each ascend epically into a multi-layered haze. Ten songs in all, "Refractory Obdurate" plays as a beautifully crafted patchwork that transcends genres and expectation; a true artistic achievement, that only Wovenhand could offer.
01. Corsicana Clip
02. Masonic Youth
03. The Refractory
04. Good Shepherd
06. King David
07. Field of Hedon
08. Obdurate Obscura
329 - Opaque Red
768 - White / Blue Mix
2095 - Transparent Green
Cult Leader "Nothing For Us Here"
Format: 12"EP, CDEP, Digital
Cult Leader are the next evolutionary leap forward for three-quarters of Gaza, arguably one of the best metallic bands of the last decade. After the early 2013 dissolution of the aforementioned band, remaining members Michael Mason, Casey Hansen, and Anthony Lucero were joined by bassist Sam Richards to form this brand new beast.
"Nothing For Us Here" is a complex crusher as you would expect. Brilliantly heavy, technical musicianship complimented by Anthony Lucero's newfound brutal vocal delivery (previously he played bass in Gaza). All of it coming together as an unconventional tangle of metal/hardcore/punk wreckage. Proving that even in their primordial state, Cult Leader are capable of standing as contemporaries Converge and Coalesce as new monsters of the aggressive music genre.
01. God's Lonely Children
02. Flightless Birds
04. The Indoctrinator's Deathbed
05. Skin Crawler
330 - White
725 - Transparent Brown
2052 - Opaque Tan
Converge "Live at the BBC"
Format: 7"EP, Digital
Converge "Live at the BBC" was recorded live by Simon Askew in the historic Studio MV4 at Maida Vaile Studios at the BBC in London, August 2010. Studio MV4 is the previous home to the legendary John Peel sessions, which birthed legendary recordings from artists like New Order, The Cure, Carcass, Napalm Death and countless others.
The recording boasts live in the studio renditions of "Dark Horse", "Axe To Fall", "Damages", as well as a rare, electrified version of "Hanging Moon" (the original "You Fail Me" recording features only acoustic guitars).
Special thanks to Epitaph Records, Tschepitz & Nomads of Prague, and Daniel Carter & The BBC for making this recording a reality.
01. Dark Horse (BBC Live Version)
02. Axe To Fall (BBC Live Version)
03. Damages (BBC Live Version)
04. Hanging Moon (BBC Live Version)
333 - White (Deathwish Exclusive)
550 - Opaque Orange (Epitaph Exclusive)
774 - Transparent Pink w/ White Smoke (Deathwish Exclusive)
778 - Opaque Blue Marble (Converge Exclusive)
5304 - Transparent Green
New Lows "Abhorrent Endings"
Format: 12"EP, Digital
New Lows are one of Boston's heaviest bands, taking inspiration from legends like Ringworm, (early) Bolt Thrower, and others. Their previous release "Harvest of the Carcass" (Deathwish 2011) was highly praised by kids and critics worldwide as one of the heaviest releases of that year. A release that led to New Lows infamously touring the United States with Nails, Ringworm, and label mates Bitter End.
"Abhorrent Endings" is the latest offering from New Lows. A crude five song crusher that shows the band digging into the rubble in search of something darker and heavier than ever before. A purposefully unpolished and brilliantly flawed exercise in aural chaos that will leave you bruised yet wanting more.
01. Abhorrent Endings
02. There's No Roses In The Rubble
03. Osaka Sun
04. Carving Crosses
05. Shelter Shard
547 - Clear w/ White Smoke (w/ hand painted B Side)
550 - Clear w/ Black Smoke (w/ hand painted B Side)
983 - White (w/ hand painted B Side)
Death of Lovers "Buried Under a World of Roses"
Format: 12"EP, Digital
Death Of Lovers is a new band featuring current members of Whirr and Nothing, formed from a bond members made while touring together in 2013.
Although Death Of Lovers carries qualities of members previously applauded efforts, they carry a shimmer and fuzz all their own. Dreary vocals, slow motion melody, and plodding percussion swirl together to create a crushingly depressing atmosphere. Kicking up the dust of their prominent influences (Joy Division, The Cure, etc) as they explore the fractured depths the of their uniquely haunting sound. A beautifully addictive introduction to their greatness to come.
01. Cold Heaven
03. Buried Under a World of Roses
04. The Blue of Noon
1006 - Transparent Gold
656 - Transparent Gold w/ Opaque Light Blue
310 - Opaque Light Blue
Self Defense Family "Try Me"
Format: CD, 2XLP, Digital
Your favorite bandís favorite band, Self Defense Family enjoys a distinct renown within the punk community. Well-respected and critically lauded but difficult and idiosyncratic, the band has done things their way almost to a fault. Eschewing sing-alongs and easy anthems in favor of personal lyrics, they stand apart from their contemporaries in punk and hardcore. Their strangely tense guitar-work framed within otherwise hook laden songs lends the band an unmistakable sound. Opting to be heavy in emotion rather than heavy in sound.
Led by vocalist, lyricist, and personality Patrick Kindlon, Self Defense Family have extended their branches to organically include touring and session musicians. Allowing them to evolve into a musical collective with more than ten active members at any given time. Interestingly enough, no member of the assemblage has played every show or played on every recording by the collective.
"Try Me", Self Defense Family's latest full length offering, will be released January 7th, 2014 on Deathwish.
01. Tithe Pig
02. Nail House Music
03. Turn The Fan On
04. Mistress Appears At A Funeral
05. Apport Birds
06. Angelique One
08. Fear Of Poverty In Old Age
09. Weird Fingering
10. Dingo Fence
11. Angelique Two
300 - Clear and Black
700 - White and Black
2000 - Pink and Black