SANJURO are a mixed bag of a band from Saratoga Springs, New York.

This record sounds like the beginning of something very exciting. In truth the songs are all pretty stylistically different but the common thread is creative riffs and furious, earnestly delivered vocals. Ranging from metallic scramz with elements of powerviolence to slow melodic intros that melt into hopeless head nodding riffs, this band clearly has a lot of interesting ideas and with time to tighten what they’re doing have the potential to make some amazing music. My favourite track is Fix Up, Look Sharp, Make the Change.





Melchior are a dark hardcore band from Adelaide, Australia.

Somehow it took me until 2:30am on a Monday night to finally check this band out. I was aware of them, had heard good things, and their tape came out on LETHAL DOSE so I presumed it would be good. Foolishly I slept on it and only now am I realising how bad I fucked up.

The thing that struck me immediately about Melchior is how real they sound. The desperation and anger in their music is impossible to ignore. Theres something in the vocals that leaves no doubt in my mind that the singer genuinely means and believes every single word on this record, and the lyrics match the music perfectly. I still haven’t decided on a favourite song, but the lyrics to BREAKING A PATTERN fucked me up when I read them:

i’m standing / under boiling water / so i can burn / your fucking fingerprints / off of my skin / my body is raw / my body is blistered / and what is your excuse? / your childhood / was different to mine? / you had it harder? // so you get to treat me badly? / that isn’t how / life fucking works / you don’t get to beat me down / and then tell me to stop / being so hard on myself / while your voice is bludgeoning / my head / against these walls / stop telling me / i’m not good enough / for anyone else // i would love to / destroy / the idea of you // i hope you / will suffer / the way / i have suffered

This band is important, I’m looking forward to seeing what they release next.



For some reason I slept on this record.

I was aware of its existence, excited to hear it and intending to buy it, but being a useless cunt neglected to do this. Turns out I fucked up pretty bad.

Parents are a 4 piece band from Auckland, New Zealand that formed in 2009 and play a blend of music somewhere between screamo, hardcore punk and occasionally powerviolence. Parents new 7″ “Low Life” borrows from their chaotic, scramz influenced past and adds a more noisy and aggressive edge that I had not heard come from this band before, but it is very welcome. Musically my favourite track is RAVAGERS, lyrically I like CHANGE:

I work so hard for nothing. I can’t get no respect in my life. It cuts a hole a hole in me. I’m the beast that won’t submit. I thought it would change, thought it should change, thought it could change. Now I’m in front of you with nothing to lose.