pyrrhon «What Passes For Survival»August 11th 2017 • LP, DIGITAL • THRT064
Continuing to shapeshift and unravel, while using unorthodox songwriting techniques that border on the incomprehensible, avant-garde extreme metal quartet PYRRHON return with What Passes For Survival.
Dense, volatile, and drenched in manic ferocity, What Passes For Survival is an aural challenge that refuses to adhere to genre conventions, merging strategic orchestrated bursts of death metal chaos with expanses of unhinged improvisation.
The latest stage of PYRRHON’s metamorphosis is one that demands repeated audio submersion from the listener, and satisfies those craving sonic extremity that pushes limits.
— Recorded live, mixed, and mastered by Colin Marston at The Thousand Caves
— Artwork by Caroline Harrison
xxx x piss yellow/olive green A side/B side vinyl
xxx x black vinyl
01. The Happy Victim's Creed
02. The Invisible Hand Holds A Whip
03. Goat Mockery Ritual
05. Trash Talk Landfill
06. The Unraveling: Hegemony Of Grasping Fears
07. The Unraveling: Free At Last
08. The Unraveling: Live From The Fresh Corpse
09. Empty Tenement Spirit
Comity «A Long, Eternal Fall»May 26th 2017 • 2xLP, CD, Digital • THRT060
Despite releasing forward-thinking records that have pushed the boundaries of noisy, technical hardcore, Parisian band COMITY has remained one of France's best kept secret since their formation 20 years ago. The band entered the studio during fall 2016 with producer Fred Rochette to track "A Long, Eternal Fall", their fourth album. These eight tracks are the band's most definitive musical statement to date, more extreme than the grinding madness of their early days and more massive than the aerial, post-metal leanings of their two previous release, showcasing their love for all things dissonant.
— Recorded live by Frederic Rochette at P.N.F. Studios
— Mixed and mastered by Comity and Frederic Rochette
— Music and artwork concept by Comity
— Layout by Francis Passini
— Drawings by Peggy Le Guern
230 x royal blue/white A side B side vinyl
345 x black vinyl
Future Faces «Revolt»May 26th 2017 • 12"EP, Digital • THRT061
On their debut EP "Revolt", Switzerland's FUTURE FACES delivers some glacial post-punk of the gloomiest order, with a level of mastery rarely heard on a band's first recording. Formed in 2015 in Geneva by members of Equus and Elizabeth, the three-piece aims for a timeless, personal sound, devoid of any soulless revivalism.
Mastered by Brad Boatright at Audiosiege (Nails, Beastmilk, Okkultokrati…), these four tracks find the perfect balance between the clean and the noisy. With hypnotic drums, abyssal bass lines, elegant yet unpolished guitar work and reverb-drenched vocals, each track is a lesson in stand-out songwriting. "Revolt" is a slow descension into a lightless, enveloping sound, and the birth certificate of a band that is nothing but full of promises.
— Recorded & mixed by Vincent Hanggi at H E X HQ studios
— Mastered by Brad Boatright at Audiosiege
— Artwork by Jonathan Sirit
214 x half ultraclear/half black vinyl
298 x black vinyl
direwolves «The Great Year»May 26th 2017 • 12"EP, CD, DIGITAL • THRT063
Three years after their debut album "Aegri Somnia", Lorient, France's DIREWOLVES return with "The Great Year". This new six tracks EP focuses on the more energetic facet of their sound, refining the band's revigorating blend of melodic crust and screamo-influenced hardcore. Recorded & mixed by Guillaume Doussaud at Swan Sound Studios (Amanda Woodward, Aussitôt Mort…), mastered by Dan Coutant at Sun Room Studios (Coliseum, The Sword, Jawbox…) and with artwork once again designed by Førtifem, "The Great Year" is another implacable display of the band's abrasive yet anthemic vision of punk/hardcore.
— Recorded & mixed by Guillaume Doussaud at Swan Sound Studios
— Mastered by Dan Coutant at Sun Room Studios
— Artwork by Førtifem
215 x bone/blood haze vinyl
289 x black
02. Oaths & Duality
03. From Tomb To Womb
05. Unhousel'd, Unanel'd
06. Paths To Metnal
fange «Pourrissoir»March 17th 2017 • 12", CD, Digital • THRT062
A mere few months after the release of their debut album "Purge", french degenerate sludge quartet FANGE maintains their devouring fire with these six new tracks. With strong visual and lyrical ties to its predecessor, "Pourrissoir" marks the closing of a chapter for the band, while standing both as their most punishing work and as a step outside their comfort zone.
This time showcasing a colder approach in songwriting and production, their appeal for all things gritty gives character to their metallic sludgecore, leaning towards chuggy death metal, noise rock-infused slow-burners or harsh noise. With a now triple-vocal attack and a bigger emphasis on the ear-drilling side of their sound, "Pourrissoir" and its hammering wall of sound - once again captured by KKP in their hometown of Rennes - is one more proof of the band's unending thirst for unpleasant, gut-punching sounds.
— Recorded by K.K.P. & Valentin Jung
— Artwork by Anterograde
xxx x pale sun vinyl
xxx x black vinyl
satan «Un Deuil Indien»February 17th 2017 • LP, Digital • THRT059
Aptly self-labelled as "possessed punk", the sound of SATAN translates into a crude, glacial approach that nails both extreme punk and second-wave black metal vibes. Founded in 2009 in Grenoble, France, the band has since released several splits as well as one full-length, 2015's "L'Odeur Du Sang".
Mixed and mastered by Today Is The Day's mastermind Steve Austin, their punishing second album "Un Deuil Indien" (An Indian Mourning) is another departure from the band's previous works. While still going straight to the point - barely clocking at 17 minutes - with blizzard-like riffs and drumming, the pared-down production shows SATAN at its rawest form. A feeling reinforced by the vicious, more articulated vocal delivery, highlighting absinthe-fueled, surrealist proses. Corrosive yet surprisingly anthemic, minimalist yet deep in sound and meaning, "Un Deuil Indien" is a record built on contrasts behind its apparent frightening savagery.
— Recorded by Lam Son Nguyen
— Mixed and mastered by Steve Austin at Austin Enterprise
— Artwork by Riton La Mort
219 x milky clear vinyl
319 x black vinyl
VIOLENT MAGIC ORCHESTRA «Catastrophic Anonymous»December 2nd 2016 • LP, Digital • THRT058
VIOLENT MAGIC ORCHESTRA is an unique project comprised of dark techno prodigy Paul Régimbeau (Mondkopf, Extreme Precautions, Autrenoir), Japanese experimental black metal collective Vampillia and noise master Pete Swanson (ex-Yellow Swans). Their ten-tracks debut album "Catastrophic Anonymous" features vocal contributions from Attila Csihar (Sunn o))), Mayhem) and Chip King (The Body).
VMO's overall sound is a multi-headed beast that can't be pitched in a single line. "Catastrophic Anonymous" roots are indubitably those of a harsh record, with expansive black metal guitars powered by Extreme Precautions-style glitchy textures & brain-melting drum machine work as well as Pete Swanson's noisy soundscapes. Then it also covers a wide range of genres - flirting with industrial techno, post-rock or drone - while always sounding effortlessly natural. Mastered by James Plotkin (Khanate, Atomsmasher) and illustrated by french artist Metastazis, "Catastrophic Anonymous" is the fruit of boundary-pushing people, and a refreshing, spectacular experience.
— Vocals on tracks 5, 6 & 8 by Chip King
— Vocals on track 4 by Attila Csihar
— Mixed by Paul Régimbeau
— Mastered by James Plotkin
— Artwork by Metastazis
191 x blood red vinyl
315 x black vinyl
01. The Beginning Of Fortune
02. Acts Of Charity
03. In Favor Of Cruelty
06. One Day Less
07. At The Bank
08. Brick Wall
09. Pursuit Of Dignity
10. Out Of Orbit
COWARDS «Still»December 2nd 2016 • 12"EP, Digital • THRT057
Far from resting on the laurels earned with their monumental second full-length, 2015's "Rise To Infamy", Paris most nothing COWARDS keep it busy with "Still". This brand new EP gather all their abilities - the sharpest riffing, the vilest grooves - on side A, with three tracks between thuggish sludge, unmoshable hardcore and knife-fighting black metal. Side B features two life-crushing covers (The Police "Every Breath You Take" and The Horrorist "One Night In NYC") in the grand COWARDS tradition, recorded during the Rise To Infamy sessions.
Once again produced by Francis Caste at Sainte Marthe Studios and illustrated by Camille Blanchemain, "Still" crowns these full-time lonewolves as one of the most focused, major acts in today's metallic hardcore realm. Played by and for people who have strictly zero concern about fitting in any scene, ever.
— Recorded, mixed and mastered by Francis Caste
— Artwork by Camille Blanchemain
219 x blood red vinyl
319 x black vinyl
Vermin Womb «Decline»October 28th 2016 • LP, CD, Digital • THRT056
"Formed from the ashes of Clinging To The Trees Of A Forest Fire by vocalist/guitarist Ethan McCarthy (also of Primitive Man and Withered) and bassist Zach Harlan, Denver, Colorado's VERMIN WOMB appeared on many a radar with their 2014 EP "Permanence". While the band’s debut album "Decline" marks the arrival of ex-CTTTOAFF JP Damron on drumming duties, these ten tracks sound nothing like a return to form, as the band managed to be faster, uglier and heavier than ever.
VERMIN WOMB’s brand of ultra brutality gives no quarter, enhancing their no-bullshit grinding death metal with dissonant death/black murkiness, war metal savagery and sludgy breakdowns. With McCarthys’s trademark subterranean barks, raw-sounding blast beats and imperial riffs bolstered by Dave Otero’s thick production, Decline is one of these short albums designed for maximum impact. If you ever wondered how extreme metal would sound like once purged of any unnecessary artifices, here’s your answer."
— Recorded by Dave Otero
— Artwork by Ethan McCarthy
300 x bone white vinyl
700 x black vinyl
04. Present Day
05. Rank & File
07. Age Of Neglect
08. Inner World
09. Slave Money
Fange «Purge»September 2nd 2016 • LP, CD, Digital • THRT055
Founded in 2013 in Rennes (western France) by Huata’s bassist B.Moreau with the will of pushing sludge in its more abrasive, mind-numbing corners, FANGE’s debut EP «Poisse» revealed a band with an uncommon take of the genre. Re-appropriating the classic Swedish death metal sound with detours to harsh noise, crust or metallic hardcore, the band now fully realize their sound on their first album «Purge», strengthened by a new line-up that features drummer B.Louvet and vocalist M.Jungbluth (Calvaiire).
With only one guitar throwing out monstrous HM-2 fueled riffs, stomach-kicking yet versatile drum work and bile-gargling, mutilated vocals, «Purge» marks a filthier turn in the band’s uncompromising wall of sound. Entirely recorded by KKP (Abjvration, Huata, Ataraxie…) and enhanced by ear-piercing layers of noise, these six tracks are an exhausting aural experience. This is ignorant music for the Educated Man. For fans of : irrational feelings of guilt, Tom G.Warrior vocal gimmicks, body negativity.
— Recorded by K.K.P.
— Artwork by Anterograde
xxx x HM-2 transparent orange vinyl
xxx x black vinyl
Verdun «The Eternal Drift's Canticles»April 29th 2016 • 2xLP, CD, Digital • THRT054
Arisen in 2011 from the fertile scene of Montpellier, France, VERDUN made a name in the realm of slow and heavy music on the basis of a simple three-tracks demo, leaving a strong impression on every witness of the band’s thunderous live shows. With a line-up solidified after a few european tours and opening slots for forefathers such as Electric Wizard, Eyehategod or YOB, the band finally delivers their long-awaited debut album, mixed and mastered by Tad Doyle.
«The Eternal Drift’s Canticles» is the fruit of three years of crafting; far from simple amp-worship, the band excels at creating memorable tracks with their science of instant-classic riffs. A richer background emanate from these guitars, able to tint their sludge/doom roots with metallic hardcore toughness or burden-of-the-world melodies. Another strong component of VERDUN’s trademark sound comes from these charismatic vocals, switching between echoed screams from outer space, spoken words or mournful clean vocals. With an arid, heavy as hell sound, «The Eternal Drift’s Canticles» is a 55-minutes dark and painful procession that transcends the heritage of too-often codified scenes, running away from simply rehashing the past.
— Recorded by Mathieu Croux
— Mixed and mastered by Tad Doyle
— Artwork by Dadoo Jaxa
496 x 180 gram ultraclear vinyl
01. Mankind Sepukku
02. Self-Inflicted Mutalitation
03. Dark Matter Crisis
04. Glowing Shadows
05. Jupiter's Cover
Plebeian Grandstand «False Highs, True Lows»April 29th 2016 • LP, CD, Digital • THRT053
Great bands inspire vocations, PLEBEIAN GRANDSTAND annihilate them. It’s hard not to laugh hysterically while listening to the band’s third album «False Highs, True Lows», which destroys any desire to play music that intense. Formed in Toulouse in 2005, the french quartet never ceased to feed its insatiable appetite for dissonance and bleakness, slowly morphing from their former noisy, metallic hardcore to what could be the ultimate blend of black metal, sludge and noise. On the heels of their acclaimed 2014 album «Lowgazers» and after countless shows in North America, India and Europe that forged their new rhythmical section, the band returned to Amaury Sauvé’s The Apiary studio during december 2015 to prove that their previous body of work was just a ladder to something even more suffocating.
«False Highs, True Lows» is PLEBEIAN GRANDSTAND’s most accomplished effort to date; with guitars ranging between dry-heaving riffs, light-speed melodies and crushing sludgier parts, a terrifying, surgically savage drum performance full of maniacal blasts beats and martial rhythms, and the most angst-ridden vocal performance since the invention of waterboarding. Despite the fact that the record was tracked live and no matter how organic the spectacular production job sounds, everything seems barely played by humans. This is the culmination of three decades of extreme and forward-thinking music spitted out with the visceral, abrasive approach of their early days, and an out-of-this-world recording by one of the most intimidating, essential acts ouf our time.
— Recorded and mixed by Amaury Sauvé at The Apiary studio, Laval
— Mastered by Nick Zampiello and Rob Gonnella At New Alliance East Mastering, Boston
— Artwork by Olivier Lolmède
200 x transparent red vinyl
300 x black vinyl
01. Mal Du Siècle
02. Low Empire
03. Tributes And Oblivions
05. Mineral Tears
06. Oculi Lac
07. Tame The Shapes
08. Eros Culture