Friday, March 27, 2009

MMIX: Deathwish/Malfunction/Six Feet Under Sampler

When it comes to modern hardcore there are absolutely no record labels that come to close to matching the quality and consistency of Deathwish. Deathwish regularly put out samplers but this one is the biggest and most exciting so far. Bands included on it are: The Hope Conspiracy, Narrows, Lewd Acts, Coliseum, Victims, Reign Supreme, Trap Them, Nails, Rot In Hell, Mother Of Mercy, Carpathian, 108, Ressurection, End of a Year, Doomriders, Pulling Teeth, Integrity, Supermachiner, J. Bannon, and Rise And Fall.

Where to start? While pretty much all of those bands are quality, I'm most excited about Mother of Mercy (can't wait for their LP to come out), 108 and Doomriders (both bands released killer albums a few years ago and both have new albums coming out this year).

Samplers are one of the best ways to discover new bands and when it's a label like Deathwish, discovering something quality is pretty much a guarantee. Enjoy.


Wednesday, March 11, 2009

These Hands Could Separate the Sky/Arrows - Split EP (2007)

Hobbledehoy Records are doing something pretty cool at the moment in offering all of their releases for free streaming. Along with releases by Hey Mercedes, Blueline Medic, The City on Film and Mike Kinsella's solo project Owen is this split from Brisbane's Arrows and Melbourne's These Hands Could Separate the Sky. In my opinion, it's one of the best Australian splits of recent years and certainly one of my favourites.

Arrows are a great Brisbane indie band in the vein of The Appleseed Cast and Kinsella bands like American Football. Lots of pretty, clean guitars. Their tracks here are a little different from their newer stuff and if you ask me, not quite as good. Still, they're definitely worth checking out.

The two tracks from These Hands Could Separate the Sky are two of the best Australian post-rock tracks ever put to tape. I had the opportunity to see them played live right around the time that this was released and even though I had a terrible cold, I can still remember how fantastic it was (in contrast, I can barely remember any of the other bands I saw that night). Both songs on this record are a lot more polished than their live versions with strings and piano parts.

This isn't a free download, I know, but it's been a while and I felt like I should post something good.