Bunch of stuff in this week. First up is the Alliance 12". I did a post on them a few months ago, it's Osamu from Assault's new band. Also featuring the singer from Frigora and bassist from Macrofarge and this recording also has the drummer from Assault. The music continues in the progressive, tasteful metallic hardcore vein that Assault was working in. Takayama san from Punk and Destroy described it as an Antisect for 2010. 180g vinyl, big 3 panel fold out cover, and it comes with a sticker. Limited to 700 copies and by this time its probably sold out from the label. Quite expensive, but its about what you would pay ordering it from overseas. Next is the vinyl treatment of the most recent Systematic Death LP, great record and despite more than a ten year break, it picks right up where they left off. Different song order and reworked artwork from the CD. Also in is the Burial/Antimob 7", from Germany and Greece respectively. Both bands pay tribute to the modern Japanese hc sound, but Burial are started to break out of the mould and establish their own personality. I think its their best song so far. On the Michigan side of things, I have three of the recent State 7"s, some of the last copies of the Heresy 7" (Detroit mid 80s Discharge style), the Pub Life CD from a few years back, and the Final Assault demo. Final Assault are (to my knowledge) the only band in this area playing pure Discharge/Scandi style hardcore. Ex Heresy, Social Outcast, and Pub Life. I saw them a couple months ago with the State and both bands were great. They're playing tonight (Feb 28) at the Magic Stick with UDI. I also got a few copies of the Hellmouth LP from the band, they're possibly the hardest working band in the area and it shows.
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