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BORN AGAINSTThe Rebel Sound of Shit and Failure from Prank
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Eighteen tracks from their split records with MAN IS THE BASTARD, UNIVERSAL ORDER OF ARMAGEDDON, and SCREECHING WEASEL, the "Eulogy" 7", No Answers Flexi and compilation tracks with extensive liner notes and lyrics. Culled from various line-ups of the band from 1989 to 1993, "The Rebel Sound..." ranges from the early years of heavily Life's Blood-style New York hardcore sludginess, to the band's final darker and more experimental release. Includes early version of "Mary and Child" and "Well Fed Fuck", the Jefferson's Theme song, "Eulogy", "Bit Part In A Bad Movie". Re-mastered from the Vermiform version, this is first time this record has been available in four years and features a re-done cover from the earlier Prank Pressing, adhering a little more closely to the original Vermiform release. 1000 made / available for a limited time only.
     
 
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EFFLUXUSDevoid from Prank Records
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Blasting noise edged "headache hardcore" from the SF Bay Area, EFFLUXUS mix caustic influences from blown out Japanese and chaotic European hardcore with their own straight ahead overdrive. Featuring former members of MORPHEME, YADOKAI, SANCTUM and DETONIZE, EFFLUXUS' debut Prank 4 song EP features their trademark harsh buzzsaw guitar distortion, Hauntingly echoing Shouted vocals and thundering drum attack. A raw explosion of Intensity, EFFLUXUS previously released a 12" on Seattle's RUST & MACHINE and have numerous DIY demos released worldwide. One of the strong forces of the current Bay Area DIY Scene, regularly organizing festivals, gigs and tours, EFFLUXUS will tour the west coast in May with Sweden's INFERNOH. Cover art by Guillem from DESTINO FINAL, Mastered by George horn with heavyweight vinyl in textured pocket sleeve with insert.
     
 
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HERATYSNaen Punaista from Prank Records
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Sweden's HERATYS combine the overdrive of D-beat hardcore like TOTALITAR with the savage consonant-laden vocal attack of classic Finnish hardcore, topping this 7-song rampage with blazing guitar leads punctuated with searing quick solos. Featuring members of SCUMBRIGADE and SKITSYSTEM, HERATYS were a unique band in Swedish hardcore, singing entirely in Finnish. They wrote - and thankfully recorded- this final 7" before their unexpected breakup in 2012, as it's one of the most completely raging Scandinavian - or otherwise- hardcore records of recent note, reaching their most seamless combination of the influences that surfaced in their previous 12" and 4 song EP released in Europe. US pressing of this EP was mastered by George Horn with heavyweight vinyl in pocket sleeve with insert. European pressing on LA FAMILIA. Members now play in HARDA TILDER and INSTITUTION.
     
 
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IRON LUNGWhite Glove Test from Iron Lung Records/Prank Records
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"White Glove Test" is the third studio album by Seattle-San Francisco power violence duo IRON LUNG, and a follow up to 2007's "Sexless, No Sex". A claustrophobic, paranoid attack of water tight stop-start intense hardcore hammered between crushing sludge bits mixed with hardcore pummel. Artwork by FEEDING. Recorded at Earhammer Studios over Summer 2012, the deluxe 2XCD version includes the White Glove Test album and the companion "Finds More Filth" noise album, which can be played independently or simultaneously with the hardcore record.
     
  .FUCKINGCOM from Prank
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Stampeding hardcore charge-waltzing back and forth between stripped-down, straight-ahead thrashing to pensive mid-tempo breaks and edges sheened with melody and discordance. Five tracks that echo Vocalist Lyz and guitarist Kevin's time in Antischism and Initial State before this short-lived side project. Blue vinyl!
     
  1332Skinless from Prank
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  ACEPHALIXAcephalix from Prank
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A brutal combination of low end metallic distortion, pummeling riffs and gnarled vocals, San Francisco's ACEPHALIX's debut 4- song 7" takes influence from all over the map of extreme music - from CELTIC FROST to CRO-MAGS and INTEGRITY, from WOLFPACK and later ANTI-CIMEX to SACRILEDGE and AXEGRINDER, but has hammered out and forged its own sound by relentless gigs around the SF Bay Area over the past year. Featuring current and former members of THE RIFFS, DEPRESSOR, POISON IDEA, DEFIANCE, DEATHCHARGE and BLOWN TO BITS, this is the heaviest thing Prank has released in almost fifty releases, a modern attack; yet reminiscent of early classic Prank releases by DAMAD, ELDOPA 1332 and the bleak punk metal fusions of the late 90's and early 00's. First printing in a foil stamped sleeve!
     
  ACEPHALIXAporia from Prank
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Ultra downtuned, crushing metallic punk assault. A tungsten gnarl of immense grimy heaviness, the debut LP by San Francisco’s ACEPHALIX touches on influences of bands from divergent points of punk, metal and hardcore - SACRILEDGE, CRO-MAGS, NAUSEA, MOTORHEAD, HELLSHOCK, ANTI-CIMEX - but none of those exactly pinpoints where the band is at and where the continually evolving band is headed, as they brawl through attacks of D-Beat, dirge and thrash. Classic harmonized metal leads and feedback fly as gutteral vocals spit and growl, with sturdy rhythms supporting the dark melodic undercurrent that drives this crushing, pounding, dense metal-punk hybrid. Massive production by Jef Leppard in the dark attic of Lennon Studios and mastered by George Horn Mastering. The 13 tracks (14 on the CD) are complemented by equally bleak, dark and grim lyrics, making for an impressively solid debut.
     
  ACURSEDTunneln I Ljusets Slut from Prank
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Brutal, devastating metallic hardcore from Sweden, over loaded with feedback as it blasts track after track of savagely shouted, throttling hardcore that slows only to deliver mid-tempo crushing blows. ACURSED, like many of the classic Swedish punk bands, are an enigma that surfaces haphazardly to unleash a new set of harsh tracks, previously with several records on Sweden's PUTRID FILTH CONSPIRACY label and the DISTORTION label. Akin to the HIS HERO IS GONE / TRAGEDY/ FROM ASHES RISE school of dark riffs and mood, and the classic original " Prank Sound", "TUNNELN I LJUSETS SLUT" is ACURSED's years- in-the-making Prank debut, and one of the most bleak releases on the label yet - with minimal artwork, the band chose to not even provide song titles in the packaging to keep from distracting from the music and mood. Members also play in VICTIMS (Havoc Records), SUNDAY MORNING EINSTEINS (Prank), and SAYYADINA (Sound Pollution).
     
  ANTISCHISMAntischism from Prank
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South Carolina’s ANTISCHISM remain legend among the peace- punk community for raising the voice of resistance, defiance and hope in the dark years of American hardcore music of the early 1990s. Innovative hardcore with blasting male and female vocal tradeoffs, offbeat guitar attack and throttling drum beats charged with powerful lyrics. Antischism is a singles collection including tracks from the rare All Their Money Stinks of Death 7” EP, End of Time 7” EP, their side of the split Thinning the Herd LP with SUBVERT and various other outtakes and compilation tracks. A complement to their classic Still Life LP, The CD is similar to an ultra limited and long out of print version produced by Clearview records in the mid-1990s, but is now enhanced with new mastering, and layout with all the lyrics presented. The booklet folds out into a mini poster with foil stamped exterior. The double LP Version comes housed in an embossed sleeve with a 34” x 24” two color poster/lyric sheet. The art has been culled from their original releases and assembled at Stealworks by John Yates who designed many of the bands original releases. Members of ANTISCHISM went on to play in INITIAL STATE, DAMAD, .FUCKING COM and remain a force in today’s hardcore scene in CHRONICLE A.D. , GUYANA PUNCH LINE and KARST.
     
  ANTISCHISMStill Life from Prank
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  ARTIMUS PYLECivil Dead from Prank
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ARTIMUS PYLE formed from the ashes of San Francisco's punk rock maniacs FUCKFACE, taking their former band's manic rage and hyperactive thrash down a darker, heavier path. Slowed into heavily downtuned, sludgey dirges, ARTIMUS PYLE's music spontaneously explodes and implodes into spastic fits of hardcore fury and percussive bombardment. Recorded at Polymorph Studios by Dan Rathbun, Civil Dead is one very, very loud record and meant to be played that way. The CD combines the 8-track 12" with the "Cold Cold Earth" EP for a total of 13 songs.
     
  ARTIMUS PYLECold, Cold Earth from Prank
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Five more songs of pulverizing destruction, mixing spastic thrash fits with ultra low-end tonnage, chaotic drum attack and howled dark lyrics.
     
  ARTIMUS PYLEFortress from Prank
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A thundering cauldron of slamming metallic riffs, torrents of speedy drums blasts and howling vocals, the third seven-inch EP by the Bay Area’s ARTIMUS PYLE features five new tracks of pulverizing intensity. This release marked the debut of their new drummer, Jensen (who previously was in VAE VICTUS, REDRUM and host of other Reno hardcore bands including his current membership in IRON LUNG). His only vocal appearance in Artimus Pyle, here, added an intense CROSSED OUT style downbeat influence. ARTIMUS PYLE recorded this EP with Noah Landis of NEUROSIS at San Francisco’s Mr. Toads studio in the winter of 2001. Limited edition pressing on Pink vinyl.
     
  ARTIMUS PYLEFucked from Birth from Prank
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An unrelenting powerhouse of screamed vocals, pulse pounding drumming, and low end guitar fury, this, the first proper full length for ARTIMUS PYLE, refines all their previous output to precision lethal destructiveness. Recorded by Dan Rathbun at Polymorph Studios, Fucked From Birth is as it suggests: an anguished, brooding powerhouse hardcore record, cut of the dark Prank mold but with ARTIMUS PYLE'S unique and typical twists. Streamlining the manic attack of their earlier records, this follows the Fortress EP by the same new line up (with members of WHAT HAPPENS NEXT?, IRON LUNG, VAE VICTUS, FUCKFACE and more), faster and more thrashy, briefly lurching slow bits before launching back to full throttle.
     
  ASSFORTAssfort from Prank
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Limited re-issue on WHITE vinyl! Manic Tokyo thrash-lunging straight to the jugular with vicious speed, a thrashing drum attack, insane guitar solos and coarse vocals. ASSFORT were the first classic Japanese styled hardcore band to tour in the United States, unleashing a devastating amount of high energy and flooring audiences on both coasts. They released several records, including a split with CHAOS U.K., on Vinyl Japan Records, a CD on the legendary Selfish label, an EP on the mighty Mangrove label and then two Well received follow up LP's in Japan with a new line up. Drummer Kiku currently plays in the world travelling CONQUEST FOR DEATH with members of ARTIMUS PYLE and WHAT HAPPENS NEXT?. This EP's four Classic Assfort tracks were re-recorded in America in 1995 on their first trip to the US by Noah Landis of CHRIST ON PARADE / NEUROSIS.
     
  ASTA KASKAldrig En LP from Prank Records
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Re-issue of the seminal first full length 19 song LP by Sweden's legendary melodic punk band, ASTA KASK from 1986. Re-issued with a new alternate cover and extensive remastering by the band with Peter En Betou with lacquers cut by George Horn. Features "Lasse Lasse Liten" "Ringhals Brinner" and many of the band's legendary tracks they still perform live. ASTA KASK continues to perform in their native Sweden as they pass their 25th anniversary and continues to tour worldwide, most recently playing in Columbia! Includes new liner notes.
     
  ASTA KASKMed Is I Magen from Prank Records
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Limited to 1,000 copies! MED IS I MAGEN is the first 12" by Sweden's legendary punk band ASTA KASK, a cornerstone of Swedish punk rock and its "Trallpunk" genre - where lightning fast delivery of unrelenting melodic and upbeat punk is delivered hardcore tempo. Features many of the band's classic tracks "Psykiskt Instabil", "Till Far", "Valkommen Hem". This was the band's best selling release, though it has become a sought after collector's item since its release in 1985. This is the first time the original 12" version has been re-pressed in its debut format since its initial release. Maximum Rock'N' Roll #31 said in 1985 of the original release, "Yet another outstanding release from this Swedish band. With their tight musicianship, super instrumental hooks, rough lead vocals, and up-tempo sing-along choruses, they remind me of classic punk outfits from the late '70s like STIFF LITTLE FINGERS. ASTA KASK wouldn't know how to write a bad song, so don't ignore this 12". This version features a heavyweight sleeve and new lyric insert with liner notes and lyric explanations. Re-mastered by Peter En Betou with lacquers cut by George Horn. ASTA KASK are still active as they near their 30th anniversary, headlining gigs in Sweden, Japan, Europe and the U.S!
     
  ASTA KASK / CRISPY NUTSsplit from Prank Records
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Split 7" released for ASTA KASK's 2011 JAPAN TOUR. Each band contributes an original track and then a cover of each other's band! All 1,000 copies were released on black vinyl. Japanese Import.
     
  AVSKUMCrucified by the System from Prank
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Limited re-press of the debut 6-Track 1984 E. P. " Crucified By The System" by Swedish legends AVSKUM. A true to the time, lo-fi yet intense dose of rampaging Swedish hardcore with hoarse vocals, pounding drums and rushing guitars. A near-exact replica of the original E.P. , remastered and originally released in a limited quantity in 2005 to coordinate with Avskum's 2005 U.S. tour, this new and final limited edition version is pressed on white vinyl with black labels. AVSKUM will surface again for gigs in the U.K. later this year, and have material set for an all-new LP to be released this year.
     
  AVSKUMIn the Spirit of Massdestruction from Prank
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Storming juggernaut of thundering drums, a sonic wall of guitar and throaty vocal roar. This second LP since reforming in the mid 1990s, by Swedish hardcore legends Avskum takes as many clues from their old Discharge-driven sound as Motorhead and Poison Idea in commanding riff-driven melody. Detonating tough old-style 1980s hardcore with crunching breaks, boisterous sing-a-long, quick solo guitar blasts topped with husky vocal shouts. Sung in English, and occasionally awkward in translation, the meaning of Avskum's songs is never lost with feelings and expression of anger, rebellion, struggle and hope. Recorded by Mieszko Talarczyk at Soundlab studios.
     
  AVSKUMPunkista! from Prank
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Charged and furious, classic Swedish Punk carved out of D-Beat and DISCHARGE, blasting with hoarse vocals and a wall of guitars. This is the third LP by Swedish legend?s AVSKUM, who have existed on and off in the Swedish hardcore punk scene since the early 1980s. This LP is marked with unique twists and turns that challenge and defy the formula while satisfying both fans of the band's old dirgy style ?Ingen Manniska Ar Illegal? and full on DISCHARGE style attack ?Children of War?.
     
  AVSKUMUppror Underifran from Prank
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Devastating! Blasting an unrelenting wall of D-beat hardcore, resonating with vitality, "Uppror Underifran" (translated loosely "Uproar from the Underground") by Swedish legends AVSKUM is stunningly, their most severe record in the band's 26 year history. An overkill attack of smashing drums and guitar riffage, this fourth LP hearkens back to their 1982 origins, with a heavy DISCHARGE bent ala' ANTI-CIMEX mired with the incomprehensibily raw, blunt and brutal song structures found in the original era of Swedish hardcore punk. The MOTORHEAD- ish rock overdrive of their previous Prank LP's is still cranked with the curt economy of masters at the top of their game, capped with AVSKUM's inventive song structures and always great, trademark harsh vocals, all captured in a exceptional recording from Gothenburg's EVIL GRILL studio and slapped in a cool sleeve by Swedish artist CRASH MANGE. Taking a four year break since their last LP, "Punkista", the band took time writing "Uppror Underifran" to deliver 16 incredibly rock solid tracks that transition from their previous recordings to now have largely entirely Swedish lyrics, but still take relevant aim at U.S. war policy, capitalism and mass consumption. Stunningly one of the band's best outings yet that demands to be played loud! No... Louder! Louder! Louder!
     
  BORN AGAINSTBattle Hymns of the Race War from Prank
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  BORN AGAINSTNine Patriotic Hymns For Children from Prank
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  BORN UGLYSThe Born Uglys from Prank
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THE BORN UGLYS is a new band from Greg Valencia, guitarist and sometimes vocalist in GRIMPLE,  ELDOPA1332 and WATCH THEM DIE and returns to the melodic roots of early 90's New Mexico hardcore like early GRIMPLE, the earliest, melodic LOGICAL NONSENSE recordings or the punkier moments of the classic  early 90's Lookout catalog like FILTH, CRIMPSHRINE or BLATZ. Jason Nipples From CROSS STITCHED EYES, THE ENEMYS, & ALARIC joins on drums and Dutch from Prank's wildest New Mexico export WORD SALAD joins on bass, so there's still an abrasive blasting hardcore edge and a searing solo or three. 4 tracks, including a cover of an unreleased LOGICAL NONSENSE track. First pressing on RED vinyl.
     
  BORN/DEAD24 Hostages from Prank
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On ORANGE vinyl! Oakland, California's BORN/DEAD's debut 5- song 7" EP set the blueprint for the bands searing attack of guitar driven hardcore, with harsh dual vocal trade offs spitting bleak Anarcho-punk lyrics and pounding, fast drumming. Re-issued on Gold vinyl with a mini poster, the original artwork, bonus inner sleeve and pressed from the original plates, this release has been out of print for over five years, though the songs have remained staples of BORN/DEAD's live shows worldwide. Prank has licensed this EP from NO OPTIONS records as a re-release, strictly limited to 800 copies, to coincide with BORN/DEAD's 2009 Summer tour of Europe: dates at www.prankrecords.com!
     
  BORN/DEADEndless War - Repetition from Prank
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Searing guitars, throttling drums, & dual vocal shouts with tough anarcho-punk lyrics, "Endless War: Repetition" features 11 re-mastered tracks from Oakland, California's BORN/DEAD's European- only split LP with Seattle's Consume, an ultra-limited 2005 tour-only 12" and the recent "Repetition/Fear" EP on one CD, plus three live mpeg videos filmed at legendary punk venues Gilman Street and Burnt Ramen, and a 12-page booklet of lyrics and photos. These tracks are some of the band's burliest of their Oakland-meets -AUS ROTTEN style punk charge, including a NECROS cover, and have been the core of the band's live set for the past two years, including their recent West Coast tour supporting UK punk legends THE SUBHUMANS!

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  BORN/DEADOur Darkest Fears Now Haunt Us from Prank
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BORN/ DEAD deliver charged political hardcore shrouded in the brooding style of East Bay hardcore, carrying forth the lineage of bands like CHRIST ON PARADE, Pain of Mind-era NEUROSIS, ECONOCHRIST, TALK IS POISON etc. A straight- forward yet inventive attack, devastatingly caustic vocal trade-offs, intricate bass lines and dark riffs at peak drum speed topped with dark political lyrics - dire music for dire times. This is the debut 12" and CD for Oakland's BORN/DEAD, who have gigged mercilessly in the San Francisco Bay Area for the past few years, and have gained a dedicated following from their self-released debut 7", which sold out in record time. The CD includes their debut EP tracks.
     
  BORN/DEADRepetition/Fear from Prank
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Oakland, California's BORN/DEAD charge forth with two blasting tracks after a long hiatus! The A- Side is the chanting and unique "Repetition", which has been a focal point of their recent live sets, with a classic UK peace punk feel. The flip "Fear" is back to form with a full tilt hardcore charge of raw and political punk rock. Recorded By Greg Wilkinson (Brainoil), and mastered by John Golden, this is the debut of new drummer Josh and coincides with BORN/DEAD?s current European Tour. Limited edition copies were pressed on colored vinyl and first pressing is in a special edition sleeve.
     
  BORN/DEADThe Final Collapse from Prank
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LP has a gatefold jacket & and 8-page printed booklet! Charging Anarcho-punk, steeped in East Bay hardcore moodiness and UK peace punk politics, this second LP by Oakland's BORN/DEAD offers no let up in blasting fury, with seven new tracks and a raging cover of '90's English band CRESS. Ignited with raw guitar attack and pummeling drums, fueled by dual vocal shouts spewing point blank politics, BORN/DEAD balance their street level, direct punk assault with the dark, artful edges of East Bay hardcore (Ala Dead and Gone, Christ On Parade, Econochrist). Recorded by Greg Wilkinson (Brainoil) at Ear Hammer with a flat UK '82- recording style, this LP comes packaged in a deluxe gatefold sleeve with a printed 8- page lyric booklet.
     
  BURSTConquest: Writhe from Prank
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New-school inspired intensity (a la REFUSED or maybe hints of a more melodic COALESCE) with deft jumps between straight-ahead fast hardcore and melodic guitar-driven melodies like SO MUCH HATE or LIFE... BUT HOW TO LIVE IT? The ten songs here are not easily contained by labels or comparisons to other bands, as they are charged with a multitude of influences from metallic downbeats, thrash, melodic hardcore, new and old metal. The final track is a remix by MERZBOW even! BURST is powered by a dead-on rhythm section, a scathing vocalist and some over-the-top guitarists flinging out quick solos and monster riffs while overlaying the entire procession with somber melody. The vinyl was released by Sweden?s mighty Putrid Filth Conspiracy label; this is Conquest: Writhe's first issue on CD and first release in the US.
     
  BURY THE LIVINGAll the News That's Fit to Scream from Prank
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Tough bare knuckle hardcore with tough intent, charging guitars lead speeding Blast Beats to heavy SXE-styled breakdowns and choruses while hoarse shouting vocals resonate full bore, double barrel, no holds barred political lyrics. Straight forward in overall attack, Memphis, Tennessee's BURY THE LIVING 's second full length LP 's 21 tracks are filled with enough dark twists, experimentation and diverse influences within the hardcore formula (from blast beat mid-'90's hardcore to SXE hardcore to late '80's experimentation with rock) to fit well as their Prank debut. BURY THE LIVING recently completed a US tour with Dutch Punk Legends SEEIN' RED and have released multiple 7"'s EP's, as well as a previous LP on Memphis' SOUL IS CHEAP label in the last seven years. Drummer Ceylon has been a Memphis punk scene fixture since the mid -1980's in Better Youth Organization recording artist's PEZZ, and along with BTL vocalist PAT was in FMD, one of the many great no-nonsense HC bands to emerge from Memphis (COPOUT, DEATHREAT, REUBEN JAMES,etc). Recorded in Memphis with Jason Potter last Spring, "All The News That's Fit To Scream" is an old school '80's 'Reagan-Era' hardcore pairing of urgent lyrics with urgent music, not mired in nostalgia but updated for even darker times. Limited copies on White vinyl. "If You don't weigh in, you don't rassle"!
     
  CHRIST ON PARADELoud & Live from Prank
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13 tracks recorded live on their 2007 West Coast tour on KFJC radio, this represents the set the "all original members" band played on both their West Coast and European tours featuring classic tracks from all eras of the band, with original vocalist Barrie picking up some of the second vocal duties of the later material. It was re-mixed from its original broadcast, and mastered by George Horn Mastering. CHRIST ON PARADE's reunions, including a recent successful one of Japan, have been marked by dedication to presenting the band as they are and were - the equipment and the sound, attack and intent are not falsely "updated" or "modernized", and while this record does peek through a lighter side of the band inbetween tracks, it's very true to their original records and will stoke out both old and new fans. LP's are on Green vinyl and limited to 550 Copies, CD's are limited to 600. Track list: Chaos Breeder / Self-Serving / Drop - Out / Thoughts of War / Final Solution / Another Country / Riding The Flatlands / My Life/ Teach Your Children Well/ Joshua Brown/ Pressured To Succeed / Flash / Everyone's Crazy
     
  CHRIST ON PARADESounds of Nature from Prank/Neurot
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Classic East Bay Hardcore delivered in a whirlwind of speed and anger, with blunt political punk lyrics! This is a re-issue of CHRIST ON PARADE's earliest material, out of print for nearly two decades - the original "Sounds Of Nature" 12" from 1985 on one side, then tracks from THRASHER magazine's Skaterock Vol.3 Compilation, the original, unreleased version of the "Isn't Life A Dream" 7" and an unreleased AVENGERS cover on the flip. The packaging of the LP closely replicates the original "Sounds Of Nature" EP on Pusmort Records, with a large 11x22" insert of the orginal inner sleeve, complete lyrics and full color photos. Members of CHRIST ON PARADE went on to play in NEUROSIS, BLISTER, HELLBILLYS, PLAN 9, ECONOCHRIST and more. CD version available on NEUROT recordings. CHRIST ON PARADE are on tour in Europe in May 2007, and will play two special shows at 924 GIlman Street this summer.
     
  CROWBloody Tear from Prank
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Bombastic crust-metal from Tokyo, an ultra brutal lightning attack of searing riffs, wild solos, screaming vocals and crushing rhythm section. Bleak intent and searing metallic mayhem, CROW have dotted the landscape of Japanese hardcore punk since its inception and just seem to get more devastating with age!! This is a slightly altered and remastered version of their first full length / second LP since the 1980's with 9 tracks that were originally released by Prank in 2007. Some of the songs are intense re-recorded versions of some of their classic tracks (including their Signature track "Give Up All Hope" that has been covered by numerous bands including the UK"s legendary Doom) as well as new recordings of songs from their recent ultra- limited Japanese releases. This is the official vinyl release of this LP, which was released as a CD-only on the Mangrove label in Japan. The LP sequence has slight variations in both track listing and mixes. CROW are touring in California and appearing at the "Chaos in Tejas" Festival in May. 1000 made / available for a limited time only.
     
  CROWFlock of Beast from Prank
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Clear vinyl re-press limited to 500! Tokyo legends Crow deliver two blasting tracks of doomy, metallic punk mayhem - "Flock Of Beast" and "Flock Of Beast 2". Thundering deeper into epic, mid-tempo territory on the A-side with Crow's trademark boisterous vocals over searing riffs, this EP echoes their recent "The Beating Of The Wings Of Destruction" 12" by exploding on the B-side into ferocious, fast paced hardcore. Crow's origins date back to the early Japanese punk scene of the 1980s, but they have attacked in the last decade with a renewed intensity, culminating this decade in three US tours and a second album "Bloody Tear" which was released in the U.S. by Prank in 2007.
     
  CROWNeurotic Organization from Prank
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Back in stock! Dark and bleak hardcore cornered in metallic rock, but thundering with determined intent. Fueled by the upbeat energy of Japanese hardcore, but drawing longer mid tempo compositions of shouted despair, pounded drum beats and screaming guitars influenced by UK bands such as ANTISECT and AMEBIX, the EP includes a rollicking cover of AMEBIX'S "No Sanctuary". Crow has been on and off the hardcore scene for almost two decades, with numerous releases in Japan. This was their first US release in 2001, recorded in Oakland at Polymorph Studios and has been out of print for over six years, with cover art and design by Carl Auge of His Hero Is Gone and Drain the Sky. The cover has been re-worked for this re-release.
     
  CROWThe Beating of the Wings of Destruction PICTURE DISC from Prank
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Pure savagery! A five song 12” EP that fires a punishing volley of metallic riffs, explosive drumming and gravel-raked vocals, Tokyo’s long running hardcore band CROW alternate between a long one-track A-side of thundering dirge and a B-side of four tracks of unleashed, non-stop hardcore fury. Issued in Japan in 2008 on CROW’s own Crow records label, this received miniscule distribution stateside and has absolutely burly cut’n’paste cover art by Crow’s vocalist, so was re-issued as a deluxe 12” picture disc for their recent U.S. shows and appearance at Austin, Texas’s “CHAOS IN TEJAS” festival. One time pressing from the original DMM master plates, limited to 800 copies.
     
  CROW"Vertigo" / "Occupied Japan" from Prank
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On PURPLE vinyl! Blasting metallic fury, the new two-song 7” from Tokyo’s CROW features their trademark searing guitar solos, rumbling mid-tempo charge of bleak, dark metallic hardcore capped with their trademark harsh, deep vocals. Issued in an ultra limited quantity for the “Chaos In Tejas” festival earlier this year, this new pressing features lyric translations.
     
  DAMADBurning Cold from Prank
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Resonating pulse of metallic fury meshed in hypnotic rhythms. A thundering destructo-core hybrid of rock, metal, and punk with serious tonnage riffs, whirling noise, grim-to-grimmer samples all caked over with harsh screeched, howled, growled and cackled vocals. Second full length LP from Savannah, Georgia's Damad. A sound decidedly darker, with intricate guitar work that scavenges elements of Sabbath, death metal, southern rock, and crust. Lyrically, Damad remains a beacon of hope, grounded in concerns for the environment, the paths one walks through life, balance with nature and more. Eight songs recorded at the Jam Room with Billy Anderson (Melvins, Jawbreaker,Sick Of It All, etc.) with cover artwork by Pushead (Misfits, FU's, Metallica, Septic Death)
     
  DAMADRise and Fall from Prank
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A final Limited edition press on either Pink, blue, Grey and other limited colors of vinyl, less than 150 of each color pressed. Moody, intense, swaggering hardcore?churning, dynamic, lumbering metallic crunch, shifting gears between grinding dirge and a pounding hardcore punk assault. A hybrid trespass between the boundaries of punk, metal and rock, yet lyrically remaining punk-rock and inspirational. Nine-song debut at the heart of the "Savannah Sound" and Southern down-tuned crust-metal crossover . Members have since played in KARST, KYLESA and MEATJACK.
     
  DEAD AND GONET.V. Baby from Prank
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Tense explosions of abrasive energy ignited by rage-spewing, scathing vocals combine to create dark and moody hardcore from Emeryville, CA. While being rooted in 80s hardcore thrash, DEAD AND GONE mix in a gloomy and experimental edge, creating an unique and volatile mix. Eight-song 12?/fourteen-song CD including their debut 7?, demo and compilation tracks. Members currently play in YEAR FUTURE, LOOK BACK & LAUGH and were in CREEPS ON CANDY & TALK IS POISON.
     
  DEATHREATRuns Dry from Prank
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Tough, bare-bones hardcore punk from Memphis, TN, with even tougher intent. Charged and angry blasts of terse shouts, clean and jumpy guitars, pounding drums and loads of energy, "recorded live in one take." Influenced by bands like SS Decontrol, Citizen's Arrest, Youth Of Today-there's a lyric sheet there for a reason. 8-song debut. White vinyl.
     
  DESOLATIONDesolation from Prank
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Violent distortion! Breakneck speed hardcore singed with metallic bite and raw thrash overdrive, detonated by harsh barking vocals casting somber imagery. The debut LP/CD from San Francisco's DESOLATION combines influences from the moody dark edge of crust like NAUSEA and AMEBIX with the sweeping anthems and melody of classic Japanese hardcore, and delivers it with the speed and ferocity of the band members' other units BORN/DEAD, STRUNG UP and SCURVY DOGS. LP/ CD comes packaged in a deluxe foil-stamped sleeve designed by PUSHEAD, with artwork by Japanese Artist SUGI, who has penned covers for many classic Japanese hardcore bands (WARHEAD, INSANE YOUTH, DEATHSIDE), and was recently featured in JUXATPOSE magazine. Interior art by Jeremy "Hush" Clark (known best for his headers on Slug and Lettuce Fanzine and recent artwork for KYLESA and IRON LUNG). Recorded by Dan Rathbun at Polymorph Studios in Oakland (TRAGEDY, HIS HERO IS GONE, ARTIMUS PYLE) and mastered by John Golden.
     
  DESOLATIONRest in Panic from Prank
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The Bay Area's DESOLATION return! Blasting metallic hardcore fusing the melodic influence of Japanese "burning spirits" hardcore with straightforward attack of US thrash and the dark tone of European crust. DESOLATION went on hiatus shortly after their self-tilted Prank debut LP of 2005, but return with a new vocalist and three new tracks. Fusing influences of the members' previous and current bands-BORN/DEAD, ABRUPT, STRUNG UP, SCURVY DOGS with a marked inspiration from Japanese hardcore with relentless upbeat energy and searing leads, these are the fastest DESOLATION tracks yet, but still retain the complex song writing and bleak feel of their previous releases. Featured new artwork by Japanese artist SUGI.
     
  DROP DEAD / TOTALITAR from Prank
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On Clear or Pink vinyl! Combining two of the longest running and best- loved hardcore bands on the planet. Rhode Island?s DROPDEAD have flown the flag of extreme political thrash since the early nineties, with numerous 7's, 12"s, 5"s, and even an 11" to their credit. A whopping six tracks are slapped onto one 7" side, representing some of their most savage material since their 1991 debut EP. Sweden's TOTALITAR dates back to the "silver age" of Swedish hardcore in the mid to late 1980s, delivering pounding, classic hardcore punk cast out of the DISCHARGE mold. Always topically astute, TOTALITAR have been even more productive in the last decade, with two LPs, two split LPs and a heap of seven inches to their credit, casting their appeal way beyond a "cult band." Their three songs have a looser and more garage feel, but steamroll within their classic explosive formula.
     
  FORWARDJust Go Forward To Death from Prank Records
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Tokyo, Japan's FORWARD formed in 1996 after the break up of legendary Tokyo hardcore band DEATHSIDE, with lead singer Ishiya and Bassist You joining new members from INSANE YOUTH and KGS to start a new band that would continue "Forward" with new punk sounds. With an edgy, raw hardcore attack, "JUST GO FORWARD TO DEATH" was a culmination of those early years of the band, and was released in 2000 on the H.G. FACT label. One of the band's milestone releases with some of the band's most classic tracks such as "Revolution", What's The Meaning Of Love?", "Set Me Free", as well as the title track, all marked by the band's boisterous vocals, catchy guitar leads and sturdy, pounding rhythm section. This LP was never released in the U.S., has been out of print on vinyl in Japan for years and is newly re-mastered in time for FORWARD'S early summer tour of the Southwest and West Coast, the third time this legendary band has toured the states and first time since their 2006 tour with TRAGEDY.
     
  FORWARDWar Nuke & Death Sentence from Prank Records
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Aggressive melodic hardcore punk attack, Tokyo's FORWARD return with their first new LP since 2004's "Burn Down the Corrupt Justice" with catchy guitar riffs grounded in solid rhythms with intense gravel throated vocals from world punk legend, Ishiya! Their first LP with new drummer Akiyama, FORWARD maintain a constant live schedule in their native Japan and have honed these new tracks to make a solid collection of song-driven anthems hammered with hardcore impact. Lyrically the LP is poetically reflective and many of the songs address the situation of post-tsunami Japan. Formed in 1996 and comprised of former members of DEATHSIDE, INSANE YOUTH and SYSTEMATIC DEATH, this is the band's third full LP and follows a recent set of catalog re-issues on Prank. FORWARD returned to the US for their third stateside tour earlier this year. This vinyl edition comes housed in a U/V gloss heavyweight sleeve with mastering by Jack Control from WORLD BURNS TO DEATH/ ENORMOUS DOOR STUDIOS and lacquer cutting by George Horn.
     
  FORWARDWhat's The Meaning Of Love? from Prank Records
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From the forefront of the Japanese hardcore scene of the last 15 years, FORWARD's fierce hardcore was first released on a series of singles, EP's and compilation appearances in the late 1990's and early 2000's. Collecting the entire tracks from their "Feel The Core Of Self" 7", "Act Then Decide" 7", "We Need The Truth" CD-EP, "What Are You Gonna Get" 7" and rare compilation appearances for the first time in a remastered collection from the original sound sources, shows the band defining its sound of tough vocalled, stripped down hardcore, flourished with guitar solos and melody.
     
  GAUZEBinbou Yusuri No Rizumu Ni Notte from Prank
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The fifth LP from Tokyo, Japanese hardcore legends GAUZE. Since 1981 GAUZE have played some of the world's most intense hardcore punk, and at this point might hold the title of the world's greatest continually playing, original 1980's hardcore band. A "living tradition" of Japanese hardcore that has never mellowed with age, GAUZE have played monthly in Tokyo for 27 years, devoting most of their energy to their live performances. Many of their songs are hammered out at their live shows long before their sporadic recorded releases (their last release was ten years ago!). GAUZE's songs just seem to get FASTER with each record, and the blinding ten tracks here are no exception. Issued in Japan in late 2007 as a CD-only release, this is one of GAUZE's rawest recording yet and it's first appearance on vinyl.
     
  GRIMPLEPhil from Prank
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This is a reissue of Oakland, CA via New Mexico's GRIMPLE's debut 7" EP "Get Me Out of the Van, I Have No Key Phil" from 1993. This 4-song EP was originally issued in a limited quantity of 1,000 on Homemade records, quickly went out of print, and became sought after by collectors paying sky high prices. Classic tracks of a deft fusion between abrasive Hardcore punk and the (then-emerging) East Bay pop-punk sound. Re-mastered and repressed in all its gnarly cut'n'paste gluestick glory. Members of GRIMPLE have since played in ELDOPA, BUZZOVEN, BRAINOIL, WATCH THEM DIE and OJOROJO.
     
  GRIMPLEUp Your Ass from Prank
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Since its release in 1993, Oakland, CA's (via New Mexico) Grimple have remained legends for delivering perhaps the best fusion of melodic punk and caustic thrash ever. Bouncing between catchy upbeat sing-a-long and over-caffienated hyper thrash, their debut LP was an instant classic of New Mexico hardcore (Logical Nonsense, Word Salad) fused with East Bay melody (Operation Ivy, Crimpshrine) and in line with Filth-style punk ethos. (Hey, the album is called "Up Your Ass!" out punk that!) Bounced around several labels since its release with big gaps in availability, the Grimple catalog has found a home at Prank. Prank's head chief and honcho even penned the LP cover in 1992! The LP is cut from the original plates, and the re- mastered CD version includes their debut 7" and demo tracks!
     
  GUYANA PUNCH LINEIrritainment: Songs to Disturb the Comfortable... from Prank
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A hardcore punk explosion, thirteen songs hurling fragments of melody and bombardments of lyrical attack. This is the second album from Columbia, SC's GUYANA PUNCH LINE and a continuation of their quixotic quest to kick life into counter-culture thinking while trying not to laugh too hard. More to-the-point brutal than their debut Maximum Smashism, the music of Irritainment blends moody, dark, brooding hardcore with abrasive thundering manic thrash, drifting further and further into the deep-end?with bent and destructive guitar riffs combined with a fierce, solid rhythm section back up. Lyrically taking Influence from DEAD KENNEDYS and THE FEEDERZ school of mind-bending concepts and humor fired at rapid pace, Y2K = Year Zero! Plenty of time to smash it all down and start all over again. The record comes equipped with an extensive instruction booklet.
     
  GUYANA PUNCH LINEMaximum Smashism from Prank
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Anthemic terror, swathed in feedback and noise and shining guitar wail. Bombarding crunch edged by spastic fits of thrash. Emo-violence is dead? long live Smashism!!! A barreling quick punk attack from former members of ANTISCHISM, IN/ HUMANITY and .FUCKINGCOM. Ten songs laced with dark humor & political impact, recorded by Jay Matheson at The Jam Room.
     
  HAIL MARYGlorious Morning from Prank
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Four tracks of point-blank hardcore charged with snarling vocals, searing guitar and bleak lyrics delivered with precision. Four-song debut single from this Albany, New York band-marked with heavy Born Against, B'last, Black Flag influences. Members played in Conniption, Eucharist, and Limp Wrist.
     
  HEALTH HAZARD / SUFFERDiscography 1993 - 1996 from Prank
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A volley of abrasive, thrashing, and overpowering blasts of hardcore fury! HEALTH HAZARD were a short-lived English band with caustic female vocals, speeding thrash with hammering guitar and throttling drums. Their progeny, SUFFER, continued with a darker bent and complexity. 44 songs!
     
  HIS HERO IS GONE15 Counts of Arson from Prank
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Back in stock! Originally released in 1996, Memphis, Tennessee's HIS HERO IS GONE'S "15 COUNTS OF ARSON" simultaneously was a genre defying and genre defining classic, combining elements of 90's chaotic emotional thrash, early 80's hardcore, low end down- tuned drudge and power violence stop -start hardcore. Recorded by Dan Rathbun in Oakland, CA at Polymorph and mastered by George Horn, 15 tracks of agitated immensity delivered at explosive velocity, with powerful lyrics fueling volatile chunks of thrash fused with metallic influences in an expansively loud combination of distortion, feedback and noise. Destructo-core with everything amplified into the red. Members have since played in TRAGEDY, DRAIN THE SKY, DEATHREAT, CALL THE POLICE, DIMLAIA, FUNERAL, WARCRY, SEVERED HEAD OF STATE, CRIMINAL DAMAGE, TRAUMA. Includes lyric poster insert.
     
  HIS HERO IS GONEMonuments to Thieves from Prank
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Back in stock! A near-immediate follow up to their first album, HIS HERO IS GONE's second LP "MONUMENTS TO THIEVES" was recorded in 1997 and released shortly after, refining their assault of immense, metallic heaviness with a hint of melody amongst the speeding combustion. Not compromising their intensity, 15 tracks recorded with Dan Rathbun at Polymorph Studios and mastered by George Horn, "Monuments To Thieves" represented some of the band's most powerful lyrical moments and was the first recording with second guitarrist Yannick Lorrain from UNION OF URANUS, written and rehearsed while the band relentlessly criss-crossed the US, Europe and Japan. Includes lyric insert.
     
  HIS HERO IS GONEThe Dead of Night in Eight Movements from Prank
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Memphis destructo-core. A burly snarl of tungsten-heaviness and bursts of harsh vocals casting an apocalyptic lyrical onslaught. A hybrid strain of power-violence intensity, schizoprenic thrashing and skull crushing brutality. Their debut, eight-songs. Members currently play in CRIMINAL DAMAGE, TRAGEDY, DRAIN THE SKY, WARCRY, and were in DEATHREAT, CALL THE POLICE, FUNERAL, DIMLAIA, COPOUT. RE-PRESSED ON CLEAR VINYL!
     
  ICE NINENobody's Son from Prank
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ICE NINE from Indianapolis, Indiana represented everything that was great about resurgent extreme hardcore of the 1990's- an experimental willingness to throw anything against the wall to make its point, incorporating the straightforward attack of 80's hardcore but pulverizing formula through burly low end down beat, intensely frenetic drumming, swirling guitar leads and the fragmentary Midwest stop and start twists. A uniquely original band like their contemporaries HIS HERO IS GONE, IN/HUMANITY, END OF THE CENTURY PARTY and with a sound way ahead of the same stop-melody-start-grind that became popular in the late nineties / early 00's by half a decade, Prank was originally slated to release an LP by ICE NINE in 1996, but the band broke up before it was recorded. Band members went on to play in TIME IN MALTA, BURN IT DOWN, MAHJAS, THE PROBLEMATICS, YOU WILL DIE and THE DREAM IS DEAD. A successful CD collection of ICE NINE's material from the Bovine, Ebullition, Rhetoric labels was released on Happy Couples Never Last in 2004 and in 2009, the band reunited with all original members to play Indianapolis's DUDEFEST. The response was so phenomenal ICE NINE wrote three new tracks that pick up right where they left off.
     
  INITIAL STATEAbort the Soul from Prank
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An evolution of the band ANTISCHISM, but far more moody and intense?INITIAL STATE combined tribal rhythms and blasting thrash beats, layered with guitar caked in feedback and noise to produce a inimitable hardcore explosion. Trade-offs of male and female vocals offering hope, scowling condemnation and pledging resistance with the political intent and weight of ANTISCHISM even further intensified. Re-mastered from its original 1994 release on Clearview Records.
     
  IRON LUNGLife. Iron Lung. Death. from Prank/625/Boredom Noise
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A re-press of the 2004 debut LP by the Reno, Nevada- San Francisco Bay Area- Seattle, Washington power violence duo IRON LUNG. Twenty-one tracks of pure brutality -stop-start- blast-grind-stop madness. Sold out on vinyl for a few years, Prank and 625 Thrash have collaborated on this new repress - for the first time on colored vinyl with a slightly altered cover (a different color Metallic ink and labels than the original press). Since this album's release, IRON LUNG have toured relentlessly around the US, Europe, UK, Australia, hitting spots as diverse as Iceland and Hawaii. They are currently working on a collaboration with RUNNING FOR COVER bassist David Bailey, writing a follow up LP to 2008's "SEXLESS// NO SEX" and preparing for a 2011 tour of Australia, South East Asia and Japan. Drummer Jensen previous was in VAE VICTUS, ARTIMUS PYLE, COLD SWEAT and is currently in SOCIETY NURSE and WALLS. Guitarist Jon was in GOB and also is currently in PIG HEART TRANSPLANT.
     
  IRON LUNGSexless/No Sex from Prank
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Finally back in print, on ORANGE or CLEAR vinyl! Destructive power violence hardcore! The debut Prank LP from Seattle-via-San Francisco-via-Reno's IRON LUNG features their abrasive blend of low end crushing heavy lumbering, split with devastating and inventive fast thrash and bleak lyrics skewed through medical malpractice. A 20-song second LP following up their "Life. Iron Lung.Death" LP on 625 Thrash on top of a ridiculous number of 7"'s, split releases, cassettes, CD-R's and other limited releases. The duo that is IRON LUNG sit at the forefront of the modern power violence resurgence, continually re-inventing the formula and pushing it to new extremes. IRON LUNG members were previously in ARTIMUS PYLE, GEHENNA, GOB and VAE VICTUS and have toured extensively throughout the US and Europe, been on TV in Iceland and also toured Australia, where they will return in 2008. "SEXLESS//NO SEX" was recorded at Polymorph Studios by Dan Rathbun (whose engineering and production includes some of the best of extreme underground hardcore - TRAGEDY, HIS HERO IS GONE, WORLD BURNS TO DEATH, FROM ASHES RISE). The cover artwork is mind blowing pen-and-ink scratching by NICK BLINKO of RUDIMENTARY PENI!
     
  JUDGEMENTJust Be from Prank
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JUDGEMENT "JUST BE" was originally released as a CD- Only EP by Tokyo's HG FACT label in 2001. This was the debut release of the Tokyo bands final line up Comprised of Japanese legends Guitarist ZIGYAKU ( GUDON, HALF YEARS, BASTARD), Drummer MUKAI ( CHICKEN BOWELS, DEATHSIDE) and then-new members singer JHA JHA ( LIPCREAM) and bassist SAKURA. Combining the best elements of the band's previous works with an upbeat spirit, high energy drumming and incredible guitar riffs, "JUST BE"'s is another landmark in the band's impressive catalog of now classic 7" EP's dating back to the band's origins in the mid 1990's. This is the first time these four tracks appear on vinyl. Split release with HG FACT released for JUDGEMENT's recent US performance at Austin's CHAOS IN TEJAS Festival.
     
  KYLESAKylesa from Prank
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Devastatingly corrosive, erupting with somber, bone-chilling guitar work, pounding rock-driven drumming, and a fierce metallic attack with brutal vocals, KYLESA is a dynamic metal-punk hybrid driven directly and to the point by the musicians who previously made up DAMAD. Former DAMAD members now pick up vocal duties with the addition of second guitarist Laura. KYLESA echoes the zenith of DAMAD, but the music of Savannah, Georgia's KYLESA has its own feel and crushing attack. KYLESA recorded this LP in two sessions at the JAM ROOM in Columbia, SC. The eight songs are diverse, showcasing the intricate playing ability and rock affinity that was apparent in DAMAD, but they also deliver an intensely heavy pounding assault. Cover art by Pushead!
     
  MARTYRDODSekt from Prank
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LIMITED TOUR EDITION! This remastered edition, mastered by Frank Boltz in Germany and cut to lacquers here in the U.S. by George Horn is finished! Thanks to our friends at MONOLITH PRESS, it has a deluxe two-color silk screened limited edition sleeve on chipboard, with a lyric insert and a special vinyl color edition pressed up extra quick by our friends at BILL SMITH CUSTOM RECORDS.
     
  MERDOSOIn Silence from Prank
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A riff-laden attack of D-beat hardcore from San Francisco's MERDOSO, this three song debut builds on sturdy, straight ahead rushing guitars and solid drumming. Using the repetitive nature of D-Beat as its strength, longer, measured doses of the rumbling, sturdy drum attack, scowling vocals and the unrelenting volley of brutally crude guitar riffage give this EP a unique, dark mood. The recording enhances the EP's enigmatic sound, an echoey quality similar to 80's European hardcore EP's (but recorded by Jeff Leppard (VOETSEK, ACEPHALIX) at San Francisco's Lennon Studios), balances out with the crispness of a modern recording. Features former members of PELIGRO SOCIAL, ACEPHALIX and STORMCROW.
     
  MORPHEMEMorpheme from Prank
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Six tracks of rampaging noise! Torrential waves of guitar distortion blast as vocals shout and swirl through the burning chaos, fueled by rapid fire drumming and thundering bass charges. This San Francisco band makes an explosive combination of Japanese- styled noisy hardcore ( KURO, GAI, CONFUSE, DISCLOSE) and heavy early 80's Finnish Hardcore influences - ( KAAOS, BASTARDS, KANSAN UUTISET ), with lyrics sung entirely in Japanese by a Tokyo transplant and Japanese- American. MORPHEME's debut solo release after a quickly sold out demo tape and recently released a split 7" EP with Nagoya Japan's DCLONE, Recorded by Greg Wilkinson at Ear Hammer studios in Oakland, it captures the bands wild live delayed vocal effects and distorted attack. Comes in a hard pocket sleeve with an insert.
     
  N.O.T.A.Live at the Crystal Pistol from Prank
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Blasts of melodic energy, swaggered with distortion and noise, thrashed out at top speed. An intense tremor of the hardcore punk explosion, crash landing into a Tulsa, Oklahoma Cowboy bar in 1983 on "Punk Night". No nonsense, straight-forward hardcore punk rock, soaked and steeped in enough rock and '77 catchy punk to surface hooks, choruses and melody amisdst the blur. Recorded live in 1983, this was originally released as NONE OF THE ABOVE ( N.O.T.A.)'s demo tape.
     
  NO STATIKEverywhere You Aren't Looking from Prank Records
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A chaotic swirl blasting at extreme velocity, the San Francisco Bay Area's NO STATIK's debut 10 -song LP is a torrent of rapid fire drum attack, searing guitar leads and harsh vocals. NO STATIK's sound draws from the fast, chaotic hardcore sound of the 1990's as the band's long pedigree maps DIY hardcore scene of the last two decades - members previously played in SCROTUM GRINDER, MOMENTO MORI, IMPETUS INTER, LOOK BACK AND LAUGH, DESTROY!, ARTIMUS PYLE, WHAT HAPPENS NEXT?, END OF THE CENTURY PARTY, MURDER SUICIDE-PACT, JUD JUD, FUCKFACE, CONQUEST FOR DEATH, SCHOLASTIC DETH, but combines diverse elements of all those past, present and future sounds to ignite another level of sonic mayhem. Bleak lyrics frame this outing, as the single track A-Side has the band again experimenting... with ambient, near-horror movie soundtrack-type eerieness. Recorded at Earhammer and mastered at George Horn.
     
  NO STATIKNo Hospice / Clean Swift Sunshine from Prank
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  NO STATIKWe All Die in the End from Prank
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A limited-to-300 PURPLE vinyl re-press of the long sold out debut 12" by the SF BAY AREA'S NO STATIK. This debut 12" takes a straight forward 80's hardcore charge and detonates it with bursts of chaotic 90's hardcore rapid fire drumming, with guitar leads searing and squealing out of the chaos as brutal vocals dredge and nail down dark, pointed lyrics. Six inventive blasts of thick, stop, start and rampage are on the A-side and the B-side is the title track, an experimental track that weaves the band's hardcore attack in and out of an ambient and rhythmic soundscape. Vocalist Ruby was previously in MOMENTO MORI and SCROTUM GRINDER. Guitarist Mark was in LOOK BACK AND LAUGH and DESTROY!. Drummer B was in SCHOLASTIC DETH and END OF THE CENTURY PARTY and currently plays in REPLICA. Bassist Robert was in ARTIMUS PYLE, WHAT HAPPENS NEXT? and is in CONQUEST FOR DEATH. The band has also released three sold out 7" EP's and their recent 'Everywhere You aren't looking" follow up 12" is also slated for a repress in the next few months. NO STATIK recently completed their third West Coast tour. Re-press limited to 300 copies on transparent purple vinyl.
     
  PAINTBOXRelicts from Prank
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Collecting PAINTBOX's four 7" releases- their debut 7" EP, "DOOR / PROVIDED RAILROAD" 7", "CRY OF THE SHEEPS" and "BACK REPORTER" FLEXI with tracks from tribute records to both POISON IDEA and JAPANESE legend GHOUL, "RELICTS" is as much of an overview of PAINTBOX progression as a litmus of their insane skill at combining diverse music ideas within the framework of "Burning Spirits" styled hardcore. Licensed from and available in Japan From HG FACT.
     
  PAINTBOXSinging Shouting Crying from Prank
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Blasting, energetic rocking hardcore from Tokyo, the debut LP by Tokyo, Japan's PAINTBOX is a stunning blend of traditional "burning spirits" Japanese hardcore mixed with melodic pop and driving hard rock influences, fueled by raging guitar leads, a rampaging rhythm section and husky, tough sung vocals. Original issued on the HG FACT label, It is issued for the first time in the U.S. on vinyl. The Prank Records version features different artwork, a translated lyric sheet, a different A/B side breakdown and improved mastering from a now-deleted vinyl pressing on Canada's Ugly Pop records. Guitarist Chelsea was instrumental to the creation of "burning spirits" sound as a member of 1980's legends DEATHSIDE, but forged new ground with Paintbox with its infectious, upbeat energy.
     
  PAINTBOXTrip, Trance & Traveling from Prank
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The third LP from Tokyo's PAINTBOX! Almost ten years in the making, & finally available on vinyl. Combining the ferocity of Japanese hardcore with influences from across the music spectrum-Classic rock, J-Pop, Psychedelia and more- this double LP is an almost 70 minute journey through a myriad of emotions and soundscapes that stretches the concept of a hardcore LP to its limit in a way only Japanese legends PAINTBOX could. Comes in a heavy weight tip-on Stoughton sleeve with fold-out lyric sheet with English translations. Licensed from and available in Japan From HG FACT.
     
  PESD (POST EXTREME STRESS DISORDER)Politikarepoizonekurvae from Prank
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Powerfully colliding stripped down hardcore with an updated version of the offbeat cold wave / new wave fusion of classic 80?s Polish punk, PESD (POST EXTREME STRESS DISORDER) pull no punches in harsh vocal attack, pounding rhythms and searing hook-laden rockin? hardcore riffs. The fast tracks tear with inventiveness and all-out furor of the best of International hardcore records, then keyboards and early industrial sound effects come out in the mid-tempo songs to cast the record in a dark, near-gothic light, while still retaining the aggressive urgency and mood. An inventive and powerful collaboration project between the guitarist of Poland?s legendary POST REGIMENT and the singer of the equally legendary TRAGEDIA, ?POLITIKAREPOIZONEKURVAE? was originally released in 2005 on CD on Poland?s Trujaca Fala label. This was so glued to the Prank Record?s office stereo and is one of our absolute favorite records of the last few years, we decided to press it stateside. The U.S. version has been re-mastered at Fantasy by George Horn and comes in deluxe packaging. Limited to 1,000 copies with 500 on Orange vinyl!
     
  PROTESS / SIGNAL LOST from Prank
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Explosive 4 track split EP between two female vocalled hardcore bands, Sapporo, Japan's PROTESS and Austin, Texas's SIGNAL LOST. PROTESS have existed for ten years with various tracks released on venerable Japanese hardcore labels such as DAN DOH and MCR. This is their first release in three years and first US release, mixing a furious hardcore attack with long compositions of textured, expansive melodies. SIGNAL LOST, featuring members of bands as diverse as J CHURCH, SEVERED HEAD OF STATE, TERROR MANAGEMENT THEORY and DEATHREAT, deliver their fastest hardcore blasting yet, followed by one of their trademark unique anthems similar to the tracks on their 2007 "Prosthetic Screams" LP; somewhere vaguely in the direction of bleak 80's New Wave, post punk and dark-edged rock like the WIPERS, yet forging its own path. Artwork by Lydia Crumbley, who did the artwork for SIGNAL LOST's debut LP "Children of the Wasteland". Split release with Japanese Label HG FACT. Limited to 1,000!
     
  REALITY CRISISNot Bound By The Past We Live In The Present from Prank Records
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Explosive hardcore from Nagoya, Japan, REALITY CRISIS take harsh dual vocals that scream, shout, and powerfully punch atop bombastic hardcore, fuel it with titanic pounding build ups and blast everything into raging hardcore songs that strike an intensely pointed balance between straight forward thrashing and a descent into noisy chaos. This new LP features re-recordings of older tracks from the band's various deleted EP's and compilation tracks, completely re-recorded and re-mastered by the band's current line up. Their third domestic US release in addition to an appearance on Prank's US press of the "Nagoya City Hardcore" compilation LP, REALITY CRISIS returned to the US for their second time and first appearance at Austin's Chaos in Tejas Festival this May. Split release with Japan's MCR label.
     
  REPLICAReplica from Prank Records
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The debut 7" EP from the San Francisco Bay Area's REPLICA is fueled by searing guitar, fast blasting drum beats, sturdy tough bass lines and brash, raw vocals. Five tracks that thread many different hardcore influences and sounds - from the metallic thrash and high energy of current Brazilian hardcore to a raw, straight forward punk attack like early LA proto-hardcore or east bay punk to the wild unpredictability of 90's thrash, to make a unique whole. Members from DUCK AND COVER, INFECT, NO STATIK; these tracks were recorded in 2012 at The Dutch Oven by Craigums and mastered at George Horn Mastering. Thick vinyl, foldover sleeve and first press comes with a vinyl sticker.
     
  SCROTUM GRINDERThe Greatest Sonic Abomination Ever from Prank
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Unrelenting! Explosively powerful creative thrash marked with tough metallic breakdowns, floor- punching chunka-chunka, and raucous female vocals. Speeding hardcore filled with abrasive twists and turns, violent vocal trade offs and dark and thoughtful lyrics. SCROTUM GRINDER is composed of members of the bands HANKSHAW (though they sounds nothing alike), FAILURE FACE, along with Steve Kosiba, who was in Misery Index-era ASSUCK and lead vocalist, Michelle who is a punk rock crowd-leaping terror and later sang in MOMENTO MORI! By no means a repeat of past bands or sounds, this tears with inventiveness and imagination while still keeping even keel with a destructive hardcore path, an apocalyptic dark ride with lyrical hope and inspiration as a guide... and yes, Prank knows the band name is terrible!
     
  SIGNAL LOSTChildren of the Wasteland from Prank
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SIGNAL LOST brandish a raw guitar attack and passionate female vocals, playing catchy mid- tempo hardcore punk rock with heavy emphasis on songs, as opposed to over-the-top thrash bludgeoning. Blending the moodiness of '80s UK peace-punk like The MOB & ZOUNDS with the anthemic qualitities of Polish Punk like DEZERTER & POST REGIMENT (and the punchy-yet-tuneful aggression of ARTICLES OF FAITH & PROLETARIAT), SIGNAL LOST carry the rich legacy of Texas punk a step further with a sound that riffs off of familiar elements but has its own distinct identity. Guitarist Stan played in Memphis?s DEATHREAT, as well as the criminally underrated and prolific New York City band BALANCE OF TERROR. The raw guitar sound of those bands remains, but the tempo slows to allow the melodic framework of the songs to shine. Recorded at Jackpot studios in Portland (ELLIOTT SMITH, SLEATER KINNEY) by Larry Crane (Tape Op Magazine), Children Of The Wasteland is a unique record, different than your typical Prank release and a unique addition to the Prank family of bands.
     
  SIGNAL LOSTProsthetic Screams from Prank
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Austin, Texas's SIGNAL LOST second LP and sophomore release "Prosthetic Screams" combines a WIPERS-styled guitar moodiness, AVENGERS-esque sung female vocals, & an on-point rhythm section, altogether echoing everything from mid-period TSOL, classic 80's new wave, UK peace punk and at the same time reveling in the same dark outlook and spirit akin to most stuff on the Prank label. Jokingly and now seemingly stuck with the tag " Dance music for Old Punks", it's a mark of the infectious nature of SIGNAL LOST's songs, and this LP is the strongest definition of the band yet, with widely marked progression within ten varied tracks, ranging from almost radio friendly pop punk to all out hardcore ragers to moody mid tempo tracks with surf-ish guitar. Recorded last year at the Bubble in Austin, mastered by Jerry Tubbs at Terra Nova and featuring art work from Austin Artist Win Wallace, SIGNAL LOST features members of DEATHREAT , BALANCE OF TERROR, SEVERED HEAD OF STATE and J-CHURCH...... Sounds like none of those bands, with their own unique bent , but just as great!

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  SIGNAL LOSTYou'll Never Get Us Down Again from Prank
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Austin, Texas's SIGNAL LOST's second record follows their debut LP in an inventive mix of melodic guitars, impassioned female vocals, and mid-tempo hardcore -edged punk rock with a hint of garage, new wave and '77 punk. These four diverse tracks - from a melodic mid-tempo charger to the bands fastest, most hardcore material - are the debut of new drummer Chris, who previously was in SEVERED HEAD OF STATE and is currently also in J CHURCH. Guitarist Stan, who was previously in BALANCE OF TERROR and DEATHREAT, produced and recorded this stripped down recording which highlights his raw HUSKER DU-ish guitar sound. SIGNAL LOST are currently in Europe, and since their debut LP in June of 2004 have criss- crossed the US multiple times, hitting major DIY punk festivals and touring with Japanese band HAMMER. This EP is available in Europe from Trujca Fala and communichaos. Limited copies available on blue vinyl!
     
  SLANGLife Made Me Hardcore (with Heavyweight Gatefold Sleeve & poster!) from Prank
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Intense Hardcore from Sapporo, Japan, SLANG combines the Manic energy of the best of Japanese Hardcore, a hint of the tough edge of Early East Coast Hardcore, blasting D-beat and crushing metallic riffs. Their fifth album since 1988, "LIFE MADE ME HARDCORE" is a crushing follow up to their 2008 LP " The Immortal Sin" that was released on Canada's Schizophrenic Records. Twelve tracks with absolutely searing riffs and highlighting Vocalist KO's harsh gutteral vocal attack. SLANG toured the U.S. for the first time in 2010, performing at Austin's Chaos in Tejas Festival and across the eastern half of the U.S. with MIND ERASER and WORLD BURNS TO DEATH. The U.S. Version of this release features exclusive artwork by the legendary classic rock artist Joe Petagno (Motorhead) and is housed in a deluxe stoughton Gatefold and comes with a large 2-sided poster / Lyric insert. Released in Europe by Hardware records, Germany. First press of 560 on Red Vinyl.
     
  SMASH DETOXSmash Detox from Prank
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A remarkable cross-border collaboration, SMASH DETOX is ISHIYA (FORWARD), SOUICHI (FORWARD), MUKAI (JUDGEMENT), ZAC (WORLD BURNS TO DEATH), IIZAWA (TETSU AREI) and ANDREA. Two powerful songs - "Shanguri-La" and " Like Water" that take elements of the intense hardcore sounds of each of their classic Japanese and American hardcore bands, but combined to a new and unique whole. Created with intense focus and effort, this recalls many of the classic definitive HG FACT two track EP's that defined the Tokyo punk sound of the late 90's and early 00's, but also has the unmistakable mark of Texas Powerhouse hardcore. Initially recorded and mixed at Toyko's OUR HOUSE studio, with guest vocals by JACK CONTROL (WORLD BURNS TO DEATH). Split release with HG FACT.
     
  SMASH YOUR FACELight Times, Loose Times from Prank
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Yokohama, Japan?s SMASH YOUR FACE?s brings a ?dirty, nasty, fuckin? high energy? mixture of early LA punk (a la GERMS, BLACK FLAG, CIRCLE JERKS), THE DWARVES, THE STOOGES and early Japanese hardcore such as LIPCREAM. Garage-edged hardcore. Three songs.
     
  SUNDAY MORNING EINSTEINSKangnave from Prank
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Charging Swedish punk attack, burning guitars and sore throats, cracked cymbals and worn out DISCHARGE records, Kangnave (pronounced SCHANG-NAA-VEH, meaning Crust Fist) is the second full length album by Stockholm's humor laced SUNDAY MORNING EINSTEINS. Full tilt hardcore with a wickedly bent sense of humor, SUNDAY MORNING EINSTEINS previously released an LP on Minneapolis Sin Fronterias label and a 7" (Svensk Mangel EP) on Prank. This LP follows the Prank EP in a double-time hardcore assault and/or salute on/to the beer sodden crusties who, at peak moments carefully holding a can of beer in one hand, raise the other hand in the Kangnave CRUST FIST!!!! Okay, these guys might be kidding, but that's what they told Prank the concept was. Chalk it up to translation of Swedish humor and a band made up of members of legendary hardcore bands WOLF BRIGADE and SVART SNO not afraid to do a piss-take, at least lyrically, on their own scene. Musically it's up there with the best of detonating hardcore powerhouses, riffing with the complexity and overdrive of SVART SNO, but explosive in its own direction.

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  SUNDAY MORNING EINSTEINSSunday Morning Tour EP from Prank
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  SUNDAY MORNING EINSTEINSSvensk Mangel from Prank
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Stockholm's Sunday Morning Einsteins are new band steeped in Swedish hardcore tradition chiseled out of the Discharge "wall of guitar" sound, but as the band name suggests are a bit more than your average Dis-band. Featuring the guitarist from Sweden's Legendary Svart Snö, this takes off somewhere near their seminal "Smock'n Roll" LP of hyper, fast-paced creative hardcore but cranks the Anti-Cimex knob way in the red with an aggressive, blasting, straight-forward attack and virulent shouts. This debut is what a hardcore 7" should be-short, fast, and loud! Members have since played in ACURSED, MARTYRDOD and more.
     
  SVART SNOSmock'n'Roll from Prank
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Since the mid-'80's, Sweden's SVART SN? (Black Snow) have delivered some of the strongest hardcore noise in the classic and renown style of their home country. Keying the DISCHARGE wall of guitar to their own needs, amidst the hoarse shouts, wall of guitar, and pounding rythms doled out with manic fervor, SVART SN? fall along a more complex, melodic path. Fourteen songs with thoughtful lyrics translated into English; originally released on CD- only by Beat Butchers Records. Guitarist Peter currently plays in SUNDAY MORNING EINSTEINS.
     
  TALK IS POISONCONDENSED HUMANITY: THE PRANK EP'S from Prank
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Out of print for half a decade, the 7" EP's recorded by Oakland's TALK IS POISON have become cult legend among hardcore collectors and fans, pegged as a "modern classic" by the FLEX punk discography, and cited as an influence on many bands that followed them since their brief existence in the late 1990's. A combination of a straight ahead hardcore attack (William Harris from Memphis's now legendary COPOUT), dark edged, bass-driven East Bay hardcore ( Brian Stern, Member of DEAD AND GONE and currently in LOOK BACK AND LAUGH and CALIFORNIA LOVE), Pounding, rock solid drumming (Jim Nastique of BLACK FORK, THE PATTERN) and heavy low end dark pummeling ( Grant Kasten, of ANIMAL FARM, LIVING UNDER LIES, OJOROJO, COLDBRINGER). TALK IS POISON released 17 tracks on two 7" EP's ("Straight to Hell", " Control") and a split 7" with Memphis's DEATHREAT all of which are collected here in a powerful re-mastered version from the original tapes. Innovative lyrically as well as musically, and delivered with the steadfast earnestness of the best of hardcore bands - at the Prank HQ, we feel hands down THIS IS ONE OF THE BEST THINGS WE'VE EVER RELEASED in almost 100 records, easily holding its own against any of the hardcore greats past and present, and are proud to finally have it back in circulation. This will be released later in the year on CD with additional live recording, photos and video.
     
  TOTALITARVi Ar Eliten from Prank
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Rampaging D-beat hardcore punk, Stockholm?s TOTALITAR are one of the longest running and most renowned classic Swedish hardcore bands from the 1980's, with almost twenty releases since their beginnings in 1985. Respected for their challenging political lyrics, integrity and continual inventive spins on a brutal and straightforward formula of rock-driven, blasting hardcore. After a series of farewell shows in Sweden and in the U.S. in 2003, TOTALITAR decided to do one final recording and album- "VI AR ELITEN" (We are the Elite) which features 17 tracks. A combustive steamroller of their trademark desperate angry vocals, pounding rhythm section and searing guitar leads, their third full length album is one of their finest. Mastered at Fantasy Studios, the first pressing of the LP comes in a deluxe old-style gatefold jacket. TOTALITAR have shared split singles with two of the U.S. 's best known and loved underground hardcore punk bands, DROPDEAD and TRAGEDY, and have released two LP's and two 45's on Prank previously. They are a continued critics and cult favorite among hardcore punk circles, as Bruce Roehrs from MAXIMUM ROCK'N'ROLL put it "If you don't like Totalitar, you don't have a punk bone in your body".

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  WORD SALADDeath March 2000 from Prank
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A total eardrum detonation, hyperactive hardcore force. WORD SALAD present a frantic explosion of spastic metallic hardcore, boiling with off time oddball complexity reminiscent of ACCUSED or SEPTIC DEATH or any of the late '80's "speedcore" greats. Ten tracks of frustration and anger and the darker moments of incomprehension in those feelings, this is not one for the timid. Recorded by Dan Rathbun at Polymorph Studios in Oakland, the CD includes their two Prank 7's, plus an extra track. Band members currently play in WATCH THEM DIE.

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  WORD SALADElectric Funeral from Prank
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  WORD SALADSpecimen from Prank
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  WORLD BURNS TO DEATHCease To Exist from Prank
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**THIS DVD IS REGION-FREE** Metallic punk hammered out with raw hardcore fury, World Burns To Death's "Cease to Exist" is the companion piece to their recent "Totalitarian Sodomy" LP. This DVD combines the audio from the LP with additional sounds and syncing it with live video from their appearance and performance of the LP tracks at the 924 Gilman Prank Records ten year anniversary show in 2005 as well as Texas live shows. Shot with multiple camera angles and extensively edited and altered over the last two years, the live footage is combined with collage and found elements. The DVD further underlines the stark and brutal vision of the band's lyrics, with a visual aesthetic akin to the early 80's UK industrial scene, a la Whitehouse, Nurse With Wound, etc... as well as the bombastic energy of classic punk videos... it is gritty, grainy, kinetic, monochromatic, and sure to leave a lasting impression seared into one's psyche. "Totalitarian Sodomy" was a stark treatise on the sensless repetition of historical genocide, and with that, this DVD is not for the weak stomached. Always pushing barriers with their outlandish and severe record covers, this visually falls in line artistically on that point. The DVD is initially limited to 1,000 copies in a deluxe hard-bound leathette DVD case with foil stamped exterior.
     
  WORLD BURNS TO DEATHHuman Meat Tossed to the Dogs of War from Prank
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Re-pressed on new CLEAR VINYL! Blasting thrash ferocity out of Austin, Texas, WORLD BURNS TO DEATH are a vicious band featuring members of SEVERED HEAD OF STATE and SCORCHED EARTH POLICY. Ram-charging a raw Japanese punk influenced sound, an intense punk declaration against the insanity of war.
     
  WORLD BURNS TO DEATHThe Art of Self-Destruction from Prank
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  WORLD BURNS TO DEATHThe Graveyard of Utopia from Prank
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Searing guitars, a thundering and rapid fire drum pound, and harsh vocals spitting forth a brutal vision: this third LP from Austin, Texas's WORLD BURNS TO DEATH further evolves and refines their trademark sound as dark, ramcharging ultra-punk comes full circle... Here is the speed and severity of their debut 45's AND the refinement, heaviness and precision of their two previous landmark albums on Hardcore Holocaust Records. "The Graveyard Of Utopia" was tracked initially in Tokyo, Japan after the WB2D 2007 Japanese tour at the legendary OUR HOUSE studios (where a majority of the classic Tokyo hardcore records have been recorded since the 1980's), with final recording tweaks and mixing done at THE BUBBLE in Austin (who have recorded everything from BUILT TO SPILL and THE MEAT PUPPETS to SIGNAL LOST's 'Prosthetic Screams"). The result is the band's strongest offering to date. Studio time in Tokyo allowed for guest appearances from luminaries from the Japanese Punk scene - with backing vocals from Ishiya FORWARD and Iizawa BASTARD/JUDGEMENT, as well as guest guitar solos from Souichi FORWARD and Keiro AKUTARE and Chelsea DEATHSIDE/PAINTBOX. Studio time in Austin allowed for backing vocals from Ashley SIGNAL LOST. While WB2D's lyrics have always been caged in historical reference, the theme of this LP is rooted in the failures, disasters and massacres of the Soviet State apparatus. This is a split release between Prank and Japanese label HG FACT, with them handling the CD version and Prank releasing the vinyl. WORLD BURNS TO DEATH are currently preparing for their first tour of Europe, hitting four major punk festivals across Continental Europe and Scandinavia in a whirlwind two weeks. Making punk happen indeed! (HEAVY WEIGHT LP SLEEVES + 12 PAGE BOOKLET)
     
  WORLD BURNS TO DEATH / SLANG from Prank
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Marking the 2010 summer U.S. tour of Austin, Texas’s WORLD BURNS TO DEATH and Sapporo, Japan’s veteran hardcore band SLANG, this EP combines two guitar driven blasts of hardcore fury. SLANG have existed for over twenty years, evolving between classic Japanese fast hardcore and downbeat NYHC influences. Their track “ Our Grey Earth” rampages on SLANG’s own path, incorporating the evolution of influences into a fast assault of hardcore that winds to a devastating guitar driven breakdown. WORLD BURNS TO DEATH similarly continue to evolve from caustic bursts of corrosive thrashing to a tempered attack stitched by a melodic guitar riff and glued solid with torrential drum bashing, volatile guitar blasts and harsh vocals, ensuring their track “ Babylon Endures” continues their trademark sheer intensity.
     

 

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