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 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."

CREDITS

— 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

PRESSING INFORMATION

200 x transparent red vinyl
300 x black vinyl

TRACKLIST

01. Mal Du Siècle
02. Low Empire
03. Tributes And Oblivions
04. Volition
05. Mineral Tears
06. Oculi Lac
07. Tame The Shapes
08. Eros Culture

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 LOVE SEX MACHINE «Asexual Anger»March 31th 2016 · LP, Digital · THRT052

"Deafening isn't a word strong enough when it comes to describe the sound of Lille, northern France's LOVE SEX MACHINE. Their brutal, low-end-obsessed, modern approach to sludge metal garnered them some instant followers with the release of their 2012 self-titled album. Four years and some line-up changes later, the band returns with «Asexual Anger», which achieves to sound even more crushing and vicious. The core of their sound hasn't changed : gut-punching guitars, irresistible slow and chuggy riffs that create an apocalyptic wall of sound only pierced by hellish shrieks. Still entirely recorded, mixed and mastered by themselves, with exquisite artwork designed by Førtifem, «Asexual Anger» is an eight-tracks lesson in absolute heaviness. An unrepentantly ugly record, without any other aim than knocking you down to the ground."

CREDITS

— Artwork by Førtifem

PRESSING INFORMATION

150 x transparent red vinyl
350 x black vinyl

TRACKLIST

01. Asexual Anger
02. Drone Syndrome
03. Black Mountain
04. Aujeszky
05. Devolution
06. Atrocity
07. Infernal Spiral
08. Silent Duck

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 THE RODEO IDIOT ENGINE «Malaise»November 23th 2015 · LP, CD, Digital · THRT051

"Bayonne-based quintet THE RODEO IDIOT ENGINE have been nothing but unstoppable since their very first steps in 2009, tirelessly sculpting a signature sound torn between the most abrasive sides of chaotic hardcore, post-metal or screamo. After gaining a growing reputation all over Europe due to their 250 staggering, seizure-inducing live shows, the band returned to Amaury Sauvé's studio in Laval during summer 2015 to track «Malaise», their third full-length and follow-up to 2013's «Consequences».

While most acts tend to soften with age, the band's work has only become darker over the years. Opener "Le Parfum" sets the tone, with merciless, spasmodic rhythms morphing into bleak, slow-paced heaviness and emotionally-charged vocals screamed to the breaking point. From the straight-up barrage of grinding yet melodic tracks ("Carrying Icons", "Final Relief") to more downtempo, menacing ones ("Syngue Sabour", "Thousand Of Nails"), «Malaise» is a dense album with rich atmospheres and structures. On these nine tracks THE RODEO IDIOT ENGINE's trademark sound has turned more expressive, resulting in nothing but the band's strongest material to date."

CREDITS

— Recorded and mixed by Amaury Sauvé at La Senelle/The Apiary, Laval
— Mastered by Nick Zampiello at New Alliance East Mastering, Boston
— Artwork photos by Louis Triol

PRESSING INFORMATION

200 x ultraclear vinyl
300 x black vinyl
65 x black test presses

TRACKLIST

01. Le Parfum
02. Carrying Icons
03. Passing Daemons
04. Syngue Sabour
05. Je Me Noierai
06. Ildoak
07. Makurrak
08. Final Relief
09. Thousand Of Nails

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 BIRDS IN ROW/WAITC «Split»October 30th 2015 · 10", Digital · THRT050

"The most "local" split you can get - written, recorded, designed, pressed and released in Laval, France. A perfect pairing between two loud and abrasive three-pieces, both tracked and mixed at La Senelle by Amaury Sauvé.

At this point BIRDS IN ROW should need no introduction, spreading their trademark tense and heartfelt hardcore/punk to every single corner of the globe with a P.A. system all along these last six years. These three new anthems make no exception, encapsulating all their savoir-faire whether it comes to raging heaviness or to more powerfully melancholic tracks. This is the band's first installment in a string of splits that will see the light in the future.

Following a bunch of EPs, this split marks WAITC's brutal first steps on vinyl. Founded in 2012 (and formerly known as We Are In The Country) this young band has refined its sound over the years, delivering what could be described as an angst-ridden, noise-infused reinterpretation of Ebullition-era screamo. With their distinctive nervous riffing and triple vocal assault perfectly served by an harsh, in-the-red production, these three tracks are directly establishing the band as a force to be reckoned with."

CREDITS

— Side A mastered by Nick Zampiello at New Alliance East, Boston
— Side B mastered by Karl Daniel Lidén at Studio Gröndahl, Stockholm
— Artwork by Bart Balboa and Matthis Lacroix

PRESSING INFORMATION

300 x ultraclear vinyl
300 x transparent red vinyl
400 x black vinyl
15 x black test presses

TRACKLIST

01. Can't Leave - Birds In Row
02. Can't Lie - Birds In Row
03. Can't Love - Birds In Row
04. Empty Decade/Saturnism - WAITC
05. Velled Ax - WAITC
06. Empty Mailbox - WAITC

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 DEATH ENGINE «Mud»March 2nd 2015 · LP, CD, Digital · THRT049

"Following the release of their abrasive debut EP «Amen», DEATH ENGINE made a brutal entrance in 2013 with a couple of European tours – a string of infernal outbreaks that have little in common with your average live show. The now four-piece from Lorient, France spent most of 2014 working on their debut album «Mud», which was once again recorded by Amaury Sauvé at La Senelle and mastered by Sylvain Biguet.

Behind their ascetic, less-is-more work ethic, DEATH ENGINE's sound remains evasive – oscillating between dark, desperate noise rock and metallic downpours of petrifying violence, bleak shoegazing guitar work and gigantic industrial dirges, cathartic climaxes and merciless tribal-ritual rhythms that could last forever. «Mud» features seven new tracks that deliver the coup de grâce, exploring new fields while still pushing the band’s trademark visceral tension to unreachable highs."

CREDITS

— Recorded and mixed by Amaury Sauvé
— Mastered by Sylvain Biguet
— Artwork by Hugues Pzzl

PRESSING INFORMATION

100 x 180 gram ultraclear vinyl + black 7"
400 x 180 gram black vinyl + black 7"
20 x black test presses

TRACKLIST

01. Medusa
02. Organs
03. Cure
04. Zero
05. Still
06. Entertain
07. Negative

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