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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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 COWARDS «Rise To Infamy»February 9th 2015 · LP, Digital · THRT048

"Parisian quintet, COWARDS, has become an unrelenting force since their inception in 2012, imposing their ruthless blend of metallic hardcore and sludge through several vinyl releases to date, and having crushed live audiences all across Europe. Having only grown stronger with every step of their brutal journey so far, the band will now unload their second album, «Rise To Infamy».

These ten tracks stand up as their most cohesive work, brutally combining the heritage of Holy Terror/H8000 inspired-hardcore with devastating sludge and black metal savagery. Carrying a deep, oppressive urban coldness behind their spectacularly crushing wall of sound, the level of aggression spilled on «Rise To Infamy» is difficult to endure. Everything has been managed to inflict maximum aural damage; once again recorded by Francis Caste at Sainte Marthe Studio (Arkhon Infaustus, Eibon, Kickback) as with their previous output, the band's monstrous tones sounds colder and more massive than ever. This is nothing but a monument of down-to-earth, unvarnished violence, punishing from start to finish."

CREDITS

— Artwork by Camille Blanchemain
— Recorded, mixed and mastered by Francis Caste at Studio Sainte Marthe

PRESSING INFORMATION

150 x 180 gram ultraclear vinyl
350 x 180 gram black vinyl

TRACKLIST

01. Shame Along Shame
02. Never To Shine
03. Frustration (Is My Girl)
04. Beyond My Hands
05. Birth Of The Sadistic Son
06. Low Esteem
07. Anything But The Highroad
08. Wish For Infamy
09. Bend The Knee
10. So Easy

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 NESSERIA «Fractures»November 15th 2014 · LP, Digital · THRT047

"It's been now ten years that Orleans, France's NESSERIA deliver some of the meanest socially-charged grinding metallic hardcore out there. Marking the definitive takeover of bassist/vocalist Julien on vocal duties, their second full-length «Fractures» shows the band at their most aggressive, combining hoarsely barked vocals with crushing, twisted riffs and pounding drums. Following 2009's self-titled debut and 2011's split LP with CTTTOAFF, these ten tracks were recorded on tape and mixed at Drudenhaus Studio (Aluk Todolo, Anorexia Nervosa) then mastered at New Alliance East (Converge, Gaza...). This is the record of a band that walks hand-in-hand musically and lyrically : intense and pissed as hell, straightforward while staying away from easy paths. No gimmicks, no egos, no frills, and nothing to share besides their cold, hard views."

CREDITS

— Artwork by Alex Eckman-Lawn
— Recorded and mixed by Neb Xort at Drudenhaus Studio
— Mastered at New Alliance East

PRESSING INFORMATION

500 x semi-transparent brown vinyl

TRACKLIST

01. Des Rues Ordinaires
02. Le Malheur Des Autres
03. Leurs Histoires
04. Cent Mille Fois Par Jour
05. Fractures
06. L’Incendie
07. Cette Somme De Problèmes
08. Civitas
09. Ceux Qui Restent
10. Omayra

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