CODE 7 – AUGUST 2017

So Glastonbury, Wimbledon are done -and there are there are officially three months of BST left – So you had best get down to your local indie store or get logging in with your favourite specialist online retailer to order up on some of our August new release highlights before the nights start drawing in…

Please remember that these, and many other, titles can be read about in depth - and also directly pre-ordered from retail – via our monthly online “Decoded magazine”
@ www.code7decoded.com - or head off to your local independent record store.

Also please don’t forget to check out the Code 7 Facebook page for the latest sounds and daily news updates @ www.facebook.com/Code7distribution
Brooklyn, NY instrumental post metal power trio SANNHET formed in late 2010 and since then have been recognized as one of the most promising bands within the genre. Their last album, their sophomore LP “Revisionist” (Flenser Records) that followed their promising debut, 2013’s “Known Flood” (Consouling Sounds), was praised across the board, one of the most celebrated albums in this specific genre of that year, and now with their new full-length album “So Numb” (Profound Lore), SANNHET have undoubtedly delivered their most transcendent album to date.

With “So Numb” the band enlisted respected producer Peter Katis (The National, Interpol, Japandroids, Kurt Vile) who was essential in helping the trio reach a new level with their sound, going beyond the typical trappings of post metal and expanding it even more into the realms that share an aesthetic with the likes of such genres as electronic, experimental, and ambient while still upholding the blueprint for the heavy and punishing SANNHET sound. With “So Numb”, the trio have created songs with a stronger focus on songwriting and on creating stronger and more memorable evocative melodies that permeate throughout the entire album making “So Numb” a listening experience like no other within the genre.
“So Numb” is the follow up to the acclaimed “Revisionist” album, surpassing it and creating a milestone within the post metal/metalgaze genre, and instrumental music in general. For Fans Of: Russian Circles, Godspeed You Black Emperor, Deafheaven, Alcest, Tim Hecker, The Haxan Cloak, Explosions In The Sky, Isis, Pelican, and Prurient.
Woodwind player COLIN STETSON can play powerfully while circular breathing for long periods, can draw multiphonics out of a sax with great skill, and can command an audience's attention with his focus and melodic improvisations. Stetson was born and raised in Ann Arbor, Michigan, where he became proficient on assorted saxophones, clarinet, and flute.
“New History Warfare, Volume 1” (Aagoo/AF) is Colin Stetson's first full-length solo recording. On this album, the vast musical experiences that Stetson has accumulated over a short period of time have been crafted into 12 songs that defy genres, establishing a sound that is Colin Stetson in full bloom.
His newest full length "All This I Do For Glory" was released to some acclaim last month and this older work has never been available in the UK before now...

ROCKPILE were a British rock and roll group of the late 1970s and early 1980s, noted for their strong pub rock, rockabilly and power pop influences, and as a foundational influence on new wave. The band consisted of Dave Edmunds (vocals, guitar), Nick Lowe (vocals, bass guitar), Billy Bremner (vocals, guitar) and Terry Williams (drums). Rockpile recorded four studio albums, though only one (Seconds of Pleasure) was released under the Rockpile banner. Two other albums (Tracks on Wax 4 and Repeat When Necessary) were released as Dave Edmunds solo albums, and one more (Labour of Lust) was released as a Nick Lowe solo album.

This is the very first time “Live At The Palladium” (Mega Dodo) has been available on CD. The Unreleased live US radio broadcast is an absolute cracker and includes ‘Cruel To Be Kind’, ‘I Knew The Bride (When She Used To Rock ‘n’ Roll)’ and ‘Girls Talk’ (known by many for Elvis Costello's own version, released as the B-side of his single "I Can't Stand Up for Falling Down" some years later...)

TIR NA NOG have been described as Alt Folk, Prog Folk, Psych Folk, and even Space Folk! But the duo, formed by Leo O’Kelly & Sonny Condell in 1970, transcends all these categories. What is not in doubt is that they are two of the most original and influential songwriters and performers Ireland has ever produced.
‘The Dark Dance’ released on CD in 2015 is their most recent studio album. Prog Magazine placed it in their top five best album of the year and called it “an acoustically mounted piece of great refinement, on a record often embellished by strings and moments of eastern promise'’. Classic Rock Magazine said: “Each of these deceptively serene songs has an underlying mysticism, an arcane quality that cannot be denied”. Only available until now as CD and download, Mega Dodo has had the album mastered for a vinyl release in a gatefold sleeve.

The You Are The Cosmos Vinyl Reissue of THE JACOBITES - "OLD SCARLETT" – LP is out this August. For the first time on Vinyl format, Old Scarlett (1995) by The Jacobites – (Nikki Sudden & Dave Kusworth) is probably their greatest love & death songs collection. An essential album and band! – First pressing comes with a 30 x 60 cm poster too!

The Svart Records Jazz reissue campaign continues apace with the CD and LP pressing of 1977 jazz funk cult classic OILING BOILING's "Two Faces".

Svart are proud to bring back one of the grooviest items from the Finnish jazz scene of the 70's, never before reissued. Drummer Matti Oiling's quintet's moods shift from mellow samba‐tinged rhythms to the odd, almost techno‐like beats of the closing number "Cyclops Dance".

"Eye For An Eye" is the second solo album from Reverend Bizarre / Lord Vicar guitarist KIMI KARKI.

Kimi Kärki is a Finnish cultural historian, guitar player and singer‐songwriter. Known for his versatile guitar playing and sombre compositions for Reverend Bizarre, Lord Vicar, Orne, E‐Musikgruppe Lux Ohr, and, most recently, Uhrijuhla, Kärki has developed his recognisable playing style within doom metal, progressive, folk, and electric ambient scenes. This variety of mostly underground styles reflects the open and intuitive approach to music, which is in the very heart of Kärki's craft. Available on Svart Records CD and LP.

PEKKA POHJOLA's last three studio albums (Changing Waters, Pewit and Views) have never before been available on vinyl, unti now. Licensed from Rockadilllo / Pohjola Records by Svart, this double LP of Changine Watere is first up and is limited to just 500 copies .
A counterpart of sorts to vocalist Keijo Niinimaa's older group Rotten Sound, MORBID EVILS have become known for exploring slower tempos and the lower end of the sonic spectrum, all topped with a fascination with the morbid realities of our hopeless existence. Having so far survived fluctuating line-ups, touring with Voivod and the impending global eco-catastrophe, Morbid Evils spent the best part of 2016 hidden in sweaty underground conditions perfecting their craft, working on the follow-up to their 2015 album In Hate With The Burning World.

Come 2017, the band emerges from the pit with a paean to death, split in six sections, each examining the subject from various positions. Titled Deceases, the album takes a bold leap from their sludge-death metalish origins and towards a more original, minimalist approach. The air hangs heavy as droning, buzzing walls of down tuned guitars grind against punishingly pummelling drums in slow motion and everything around us seems to be another step closer to death. While wallowing in the unpleasantries of life Morbid Evils manage to churn out something wholly original in the congested sludge metal genre - if a grind/drone hybrid existed, it might sound like this. With their down tuned slo-mo aesthetics, nasty black metal-ish buzzsaw guitar harmonies and a drone metal-like sense of space in music, Morbid Evils are on a path of their own. The album will be released on Svart Records on CD, LP and digital formats on August 25th, if the world doesn't end sooner.

DEMON EYE are back with their third offering and another dose of their own blend of Heavy Classic Rock, Proto Metal and Traditional Doom!
The new album "Prophecies and Lies" (Soulseller) was recorded by Mike Dean of CORROSION OF CONFORMITY in the band's hometown of Raleigh, North Carolina, and displays a strong musical progression with mighty riffs, haunting melodies and fist-raising anthems. DEMON EYE are bringing vintage heavy darkness for modern times and current day evils, giving their listeners dynamic songs to empower them against all adversaries.
TOTENGOTT - "Doppelganger" (Burning World) ; Darkness. Experimentation. Heaviness. Artistic integrity. A band that is born as a tribute to Swiss titans Celtic Frost should have all these concepts as a basic reference when working on their own music.

Formed in 2014 by three off-road musicians with a vast experience in metal, rock, and hardcore bands of Asturias (Spain), In less than three years, they have managed to form a solid base of fans in the metal underground scene of their area. This ode to darkness was depicted in the self-released Demo 2016, a three-song 3-minute-long recording that served as an introduction to TOTENGOTT. The band sold more than 200 copies of this demo and gathered a good number of praising reviews in the Spanish extreme metal scene.
Now they unleash their Vinyl LP "Doppelganger" on the world - and fans of prime time Celtic Frost need to hear this!
London punks, FRESH formed in 2015 when singer Kathryn Woods was just 17, the band quickly released a couple of home recorded EPs, mixing lo-fi acoustic songs and noisy, urgent pop punk with tracks that rarely pass the two minute mark. With their self-titled debut album for Specialist Subject, Fresh hone this formula even more. Written over the past two years this is 11 tracks of genuine teenage angst - trying to pass exams, dealing with depression, confusion about your sexuality and identity, and attending bible camp as an angry young atheist.

Taking a slightly less lo-fi approach the new full length was swiftly recorded over 3 days at The Ranch in Southampton (which has seen records made by likes of Creeper, Muncie Girls and Gnarwolves in recent years), clearly capturing the charm and urgency of the band.
SIR BALD DIDDLEY & HIS RIPCURLS is the latest project of Sir Bald Diddley, musical all rounder, who already brought us bands like his Rockabilly‐Combo “Hipbone Slim & The Kneetremblers”, “The Legs”, “The Beatseeking Missiles” or “The Kneejerk Reactions”. With The Ripcurls his path takes him to a Fratrock‐/Surf/Exotica/Teen‐Sound with a rich, versatile sound which adds up to a fantastic album that won’t leave your turntables so easily!

“Flip Your Wig” (Soundflat) has 16 fabulous tunes are covered in some great artwork by Chris Sick. But the record doesn’t only look good, but it definitely also sounds it. “Bird Stomp” almost sounds like the band’s very own take on THE TRASHMEN’s “Surfin’ Bird” while “Macho Combo Burrito” has a little bit of THE CHAMPS’ classic “Tequila” in it. With “There’s a Merkin Lurkin’” they deliver a very cool instrumental Tittyshaker with a dirty saxophone, exotic percussions and a surfy guitar. “Cut Throat” comes along as a fantastic surfer while “Fly Eyes” will blow your ears with its frantic piano and wild guitars. You’ll definitely start dancing to the fun Frat Rock‐songs “Run Gorilla” or “Gannet For Your Love”. The perfect soundtrack for a surfin’ beach party!

"Like There's No Tommorow"(Sireena) is an eighteen-track gem that showcases EAMONN McCORMACK as a sincere passionate singer who writes heart felt songs topped up by his World Class unique guitar playing that will send shivers down many a listeners spine.

The album features Jonathan Noyce on bass and Darrin Mooney on drums whom many will remember as Gary Moore’s Power house rhythm section and together they form the backbone to Eamonn’s exciting new Power Trio. Production duties were in the capable hands of the legendary Chris Tsangarides (Thin Lizzy, Black Sabbath, Depeche Mode and Mountain). Consisting of eleven full power electric tracks on disc 1 and seven acoustic based tracks on disc 2. In the past, Eamonn for sure paid his dues and sharpened his craft as he played, toured and recorded with everyone from Rory Gallagher to ZZ Top and Johnny Winter to Walter Trout, so it’s safe to say his Bona Fide’s are certainly in order. As a live performer, Eamonn has always been on top of his game and has rocked audiences all over the world leaving them with an experience few will ever forget. Now with this new release and brand new band Eamonn McCormack is set to rock the very foundations of the International Blues-rock circuit.

"Cherry Blossom Life" (TNS Records) is the third album from East Anglian hardcore bruisers, THE DOMESTICS. This record sees them drawing evermore on their Japanese, Swedish and USHC influences, integrating them further into their already ferociously defined sound. It’s fast, it’s rabidly pissed off, but it’s not just another formula hardcore record.

“Stellar…if you’re gonna play hardcore don’t fuck around. THE DOMESTICS got the memo…pissed beyond belief” Maximum Rock ‘n’ Roll

BAD NERVE is the brainchild of Jonas Lyxzen whom, if you know your Swedish HC history, has been a part of a bunch of classic Umeå bands like Abhinanda, Separation, DS-13, Insurgent Kid and so on. Jonas is joined by Melody Almroth (from the local band Trots) on bass and vocals and new comer Mårten Bläckberg on Vocals and Guitar. They’ve already managed to do a short European tour in 2014, a China tour in 2015 and they’ve released a criminally underrated 7” on Ny våg. Ny Våg and also a split 7” with Fanzui Xiangfa from China. Both these were released back in 2014.

Now they are back with a full-length album called "The Lost Ones" (Luftslott). 14 tracks of simple yet innovative and catchy punk rock that mirrors both the Umeå tradition and classic American Hardcore acts like Zero Boys, Bad Brains and Wipers.

MOMENT MANIACS were a side project in the late 90’s comprised of Marduk / Allegiance & Wolfpack / Anti Cimex members. Fronted by Tomas “Jonsson” of Anti Cimex / Wolfpack on vocals, T.F.P. is a punishing onslaught of filthy Swedish punk mixed with old school death metal.

“Two Fuckin Pieces” was recorded in 1998 at Abyss Studios by Peter Tägtgre (Destruction, Immortal, Dimmu Borgir, Hypocrisy etc.). Originally released by Distortion Records on CD in 1999, these ten songs of blistering chaos are now available for the first time on vinyl via Unrest Records.

After their 1986 demo was released in 1990 as the Death From Above EP, Per Lundström (Agoni) remained the only original member of DISCARD. He went on to recruit Mats Svensson from Asocial on guitar, along with two others to record this solid full- length D-Beat album, Four Minutes Past Midnight. Originally pressed by Ripping Records in 1993, FMPM will now see the light once again on Unrest Records with permission of Mats Svensson. Discard is one of the original D-Beat bands that played furious, bare bones and in-your-face Discharge infused hardcore punk. Even though they began as a Mob 47 side project with a couple of demos, compilations and one live performance, Discard had an impact on bands like Doom. By the time FMPM came out in 1993, the D-Beat epidemic had begun as bands like Disclose, Dischange or Disfear (and Disaster before them) were proudly carrying the banner of Discharge-worship, the patterns of which had been drawn by Discard in 1985. Discard continues to play a crucial role in punk history as they influence the distorted sounds of D-Beat bands to this day. Re-mastered by Brad Boatright at Audiosiege Studios (Portland, USA), this classic repress comes in a gatefold jacket with an embossed and glossed logo / title.

To round off the month Western Star has two great compilations:

"THE BEST OF BRITISH PSYCHOBILLY VOL. 1" – CD features 26 tracks by the best names in British Psychobilly - A great way to get to know the bands on the thriving Psychobilly scene!

And "IT’S A ROCKABILLY RIOT VOL.2" - CD features 26 tracks by the best names in British Rockabilly like Darrel Higham, Jack Rabbit Slim etc.

Many new, unreleased tracks. Most bands on the compilation are gigging busy names, most of which are headliner acts. Again a great way to get to know the bands on this thriving underground Rockabilly scene!

Also please don’t forget to check out the Code 7 Facebook page for the latest sounds and news updates @ www.facebook.com/Code7distribution

See you next month. Peace.
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CODE 7 – JULY 2017

July 2017 has rolled around and it looks like the 'British Summer' has been and gone already - however you can create your own sunshine by getting down to your local indie store or logging in with your favourite specialist online retailer to order up on some of our July new release highlights…

Please remember that these, and many other, titles can be read about in depth - and also directly pre-ordered from retail – via our monthly online “Decoded magazine”
@ www.code7decoded.com - or just head off to your local independent record store.

Also please don’t forget to check out the Code 7 Facebook page for the latest sounds and daily news updates @ www.facebook.com/Code7distribution

"The Ape Regards His Tail" (Sulatron) is SULA BASSANA's first soundtrack album. 60 minutes of totally spaced out and minimalistic music for the Sci-Fi feature- film “The Ape Regards His Tail" (by film maker Michael Yates).
The music was produced on Synthesizers, String-Ensembles, Mellotron, Organ, E-Guitar and E-Piano. It shows the mellow and relaxed, but also deep, dark and melancholy side of Sula Bassana. Wide and floating soundscapes combined with deep melodies and spaced out sounds: Close your eyes and watch a movie inside your head, constructed by those tunes and your mind. Composed, performed, mixed and produced by Sula/Dave Schmidt (of Electric Moon, Zone Six, Krautzone) in late 2016 and early 2017. Cover artwork by Lulu Artwork! Mastered by Krautrock legend Eroc (ex Grobschnitt).

EWIGKEIT “Cosmic Man" (Svart) sees IN THE WOODS vocalist Mr Fog resurrects his solo project!
Fresh from helping to resurrect In The Woods, prolific underground metal artist James Fogarty then immediately began to reconstruct his long‐running solo effort Ewigkeit and record the new album Cosmic Man, which is set for international release on July 14th via Svart Records.
With a history of creating novelty, James' newest Ewigkeit release is not without its own enigma. Lyrically melding the motifs of Terence McKenna and the psychedelic counter‐culture with the music of the various rocks, metals, and alloys, Cosmic Man takes you from the haze of the early '70s via a NWOBHM detour, followed by a refuel and oil‐change at extreme metal. From then on, it's out with the star‐charts for a left turn at Alpha Centauri and straight down the inter‐galactic highway toward the transcendental object at the end of time.

The highly anticipated second album from Cardiff hardcore punks GRAND COLLAPSE "Along The Dew" (Tns) does not disappoint and perfectly follows on from the bands frantic debut "Far From The Callous Crowd". "Along The Dew" delivers everything you want from Grand Collapse; it’s aggressive with loads of energy, massive riffs and non-stop anger. Propaghandi, Tragedy and His Hero Is Gone fans will find much to like here. One of the best intelligent underground UK Hardcore bands for years. Needed now more than ever!

Unrest Records is proud to announce "Burning The Blindfolds Of Bigots" the new album by WARWOUND. Boasting Damian Thompson (Sacrilege), Rat (Varukers), Ian Glasper (Stampin’ Ground), and Stevie James (Hellkrusher), what do you seriously expect? A bass and drum driven beast layered with acute riff laden rhythm and leads, while Rat's vocals are as visceral as ever! - This powerhouse Warwound line-up does not rest on the sounds of their past demos and have strengthened their delivery creating a surgically tight heavyweight metallic punk crossover
fiend of an album. "Old School D-Beaters bring a revitalized sound" say Down For Life Magazine and we could not have put it any better ourselves…a truly blistering album.

KABBALAH is a trio project from Pamplona, Spain signed by former members of Las Culebras, who after several records and a wide path through the rock national stages, initiate a new journey to darker ambience, with a predilection for the occult, witchcraft and 'spooky' sounds...“Spectral Ascent” (Twin Earth) will be out on CD in July 2017 and is a must for fans of Blood Ceremony and Jex Thoth.

Twin Earth Records are pleased to announce that they will release "Black Magic" the debut EP by Swedish doom merchants ALASTOR this July…the band are cryptic about their background and have revealed little info about who they are, preferring only to state "DIE IN FIRE!" which should tip you off on how they sound. This limited Vinyl LP is a must for fans of Electric Wizard, Eyehategod and Sleep.

Fast-forward 50 years to 2012, and Boston Garage legend TRAVIS PIKE located three of the long out of print film "Feelin’ Good’s original five reels, successfully restoring 6 music sequences, which he subsequently posted to YouTube, so at least some of “Feelin’ Good” can now be seen and appreciated by a wider audience than its original (limited) theatrical release would have allowed. State Records are very pleased to be able to present these 2 fine tracks for the first time on vinyl,
officially authorised and sanctioned by Travis himself, as a limited edition seven-inch single in glorious MONO! - Limited to 500 copies on 7” vinyl with front-laminated flip back sleeve; previously unreleased material, officially authorised by Travis Pike and on the cult State Records imprint.

TOTENGOTT - "Doppelganger” (Burning World) Darkness. Experimentation. Heaviness. Artistic integrity. A band that is born as a tribute to Swiss titans Celtic Frost should have all these concepts as a basic reference when working on their own music.
Formed in 2014 by three off-road musicians with a vast experience in metal, rock, and hardcore bands of Asturias (Spain), in less than three years, they have managed to form a solid base of fans in the metal underground scene of their area. This ode to darkness was depicted in the self-released Demo 2016, a three-song 3-minute-long recording that served as an introduction to TOTENGOTT. The band sold more than 200 copies of this demo and gathered a good number of praising reviews in the Spanish extreme metal scene.
Now they unleash their Vinyl LP "Doppelganger" on the world - and trust us; fans of prime time Celtic Frost looking for new blood need to hear the album ASAP!

35 Years of RAW POWER history and finally they find their way to the 'Demons Run Amok' label.
New album "Inferno" is the perfect proof that RAW POWER are still one of the finest European thrash/hardcore bands of all time.
A brand new thrash/metal-hardcore album from the legendary RAW POWER that will crush your skull like a ton of bricks. It’s 15 songs of fast, intense kick-you-in-the-face thrash from a band that’s been going strong and pushing the limits of hardcore and thrash since the early ‘80’s!
As was ever the case; total anger and disdain for the harshness of this world and the people who make it so corrupt fuel the fire of RAW POWER. Italy's most famous Punk band - responsible for the seminal 'Screams From The Gutter' album way back in 1985 - and along with Holland's B.G.K. , one of the few European Punk/HC bands to make a serious impression on the burgeoning U.S. Hardcore scene of that time.

KRISTOFER ASTROM‘s catalogue finally reached the present with "The Story Of A Heart’s Decay" CD/LP (Startracks) this July. Originally released 2015, this is his latest and finest album, and the first one with his new band. One of the first and leading Swedish singer/songwriters in the northern blues wave the ex-FIRESIDE singer's solo career reaches a definite high point on this album; with the work recalling so many great singer songwriters both past and present: Neil Young (check out the Harvest-style sleeve), Nick Drake, Elvis Costello, Ryan Adams, Springsteen, Jay Farrar, and Jeff Tweedy can all be heard at points. Highly recommended.

JIMSONWEED - "Invisible Plan" – LTD LP with Gatefold jacket. Black vinyl, 300 copies made.
Along with Kingston Wall earlier in the 1990s and HIM later in the same decade, Jimsonweed was an integral part of the Helsinki rock scene. Their brand of organic heavy metal was original enough to attract local followers but too original to make it internationally. The band had a wild stage reputation, yet managed to capture their psychedelic Indian-flavoured stoner metal on only one full length album. This is that album. Released on CD only in 1996, the album’s vinyl debut comes in gatefold covers and either black or green vinyl, both limited editions. The last LP side has three extra songs, all of which are previously unreleased.

"We Come From Planet Goo (Full Head Hunter Session)" (Western Star) is the third album from UK Psychobilly/Garage band THE GO GO CULT. These guys have played all over Europe and UK and have a busy year ahead. This is their 3rd and best album to date and is long awaited on the scene.

And finally Svart Records campaign of classic Scandinavian Jazz continues...

First up is THE GROUP’s - “THE GROUP" which has a Double CD and Double LP reissue.

Svart presents a heavily extended reissue of The Group’s only album, originally released on Finn levy’s prog rock imprint Hi‐Hat in 1978. Now a double; the 2nd LP features an extended studio session with the Sibelius academy orchestra, and the extra 7″ have two studio outtakes from the original album.

Followed by the EERO KOIVISTOINEN QUARTET‘s - "LABYRINTH" - Double CD and Double LP reissue.

For this heavy duty reissue of Koivistoinen’s 1977 album we went back to the original multitrack tapes and discovered a heap of alternate takes that were left unmixed at the time. Koivistoinen selected the best and most interesting alternate versions of each track and a new, fresh mix was prepared specifically for this release. The first Disc in this package is the original studio album (Love Records 1977), remastered for vinyl at Finn vox. The second Disc contains the alternate takes,
including two versions of the studio outtake Meat & Potatoes.

And to finish; EERO KOIVISTOINEN QUARTET - "THe Front Is Breaking" - LP reissue.

Eero Koivistoinen's rare 1976 album "The Front Is Breaking" is reissued on Vinyl. Yes siree; the Eero Koivistoinen reissue project continues with his Love Records albums. This 1976 fusion diamond has never before been reissued on vinyl, so it’s finally time to throw those CD reissues away and get in
the groove.

Please remember that these, and many other, titles can be read about in depth - and also directly pre-ordered from retail – via our monthly online “Decoded magazine” @ www.code7decoded.com - or just head off to your local independent record store.

Also please don’t forget to check out the Code 7 Facebook page for the latest sounds and news updates @ www.facebook.com/Code7distribution

See you next month..

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CODE 7 – JUNE 2017

June 2017 has rolled around and the Monster Raving Loony parties are on the rise… for a bit of light relief get down to your local indie store or specialist online retailer this month to check out some of our June new release highlights…

Please remember that these, and many other, titles can be read about in depth - and also directly pre-ordered from retail – via our monthly online “Decoded magazine” @ www.code7decoded.com - or just head off to your local independent record store.

Also please don’t forget to check out the Code 7 Facebook page for the latest sounds and daily news updates @ www.facebook.com/Code7distribution

GRAVETEMPLE - "Impassable Fears" - CD / LP - (Svart) out June 2nd 2017.

Experimental, shamanistic free rock ritual by men from Mayhem and Sunn O)))

Imploding, abstracting, and distorting the concepts of ceremony, volume, and density since 2006, surrealist, esoteric, and experimental rock band Gravetemple (Oren Ambarchi, Stephen O'Malley and Attila Csihar) return with a new album, Impassable Fears, recorded at Orgone with Jaime Gomez Arellano.

On "Impassable Fears", Gravetemple have refined and diversified their nuanced form of all‐consuming, abstract death metal‐inspired heaviness. The essence of their otherworldly vocal exhortations, the maelstrom of frenetic beats and heavy guitar sounds are ever‐present, as is the sheer power of their delivery. Yet "Impassable Fears" is far from unrelenting; there's shifting dynamics, revealing an abundance of unexplored sonic detail, across all intersections, deftly balancing minimalist and maximalist sounds with finesse.

Six doomed years in creation since their debut LP “Despond”, Nashville, Tennessee melancholic death/funeral doom metal band LOSS have completed work on their anticipated masterwork of pure doom death worship “Horizonless”, one of the most anticipated death/doom metal releases of the year set for release on Profound Lore this June.

Reaching further into the void and traveling even more beyond the realms of hopelessness and despair “Horizonless” is a journey devoid of all hope and redemption, one where heartbreak, total death and never ending despondency prevails. Ultimately “Horizonless” will easily become realized as LOSS’ most accomplished work yet.

Produced and engineered by Billy Anderson (Pallbearer, Bell Witch, Neurosis, Red House Painters) in the band’s hometown, giving LOSS their most monumental sound yet, “Horizonless” (which also features guest vocals from Wrest of LEVIATHAN) forges the LOSS’ sound tapestry into more vast and sprawling territory; heavier, darker, more melancholic, and sorrowful. Where “Despond” laid down that foundation that gave LOSS the reputation as the saddest and bleakest band in the death/doom metal movement, “Horizonless” forges that funeral march onwards towards ruin, decay, and utter oblivion.

LOSS’ previous/debut album “Despond”, released six years ago, was one of the most praised death/doom metal albums of 2011 and introduced vocalist Brett Campbell, from then unknown band PALLBEARER, who made a guest appearance on the album and was people’s introduction to his vocals and to PALLBEARER respectively.

"Horizonless" is a must for fans of Pallbearer, Asunder, Bell Witch, and Mournful Congregation...

Australia’s IMPETUOUS RITUAL follow up their last album “Unholy Congregation Of Hypocritical Ambivalence” and their debut “Relentless Execution Of Ceremonial Excrescence” LP with their new musical abomination of ambient death metal surrealism “Blight Upon Martyred Sentience” (Profoune Lore) which takes their unhinged vortex-like death metal chaos into much more abstract, cavernous, and otherworldly realms.

With a sound even less conventional and even more weirder and alien than its two predecessors, “Blight…” harnesses a much darker atmosphere (if one could even imagine that would be possible),sometimes veering off into abstract noise and dark ambient, creating a much more depraved, violent, torturous and malevolent audial canvas like no other band in extreme death metal today. One could say that with the even stranger and warped sound picture that IMPETUOUS RITUAL have painted with “Blight…”, that the band have transcended and inverted the genre of death metal unto something of their own vision unparalleled.

IMPETUOUS RITUAL feature two members of PORTAL amongst the lineup.

Boisterous indie rock outfit from Gothenburg, Sweden ROME IS NOT A TOWN are endorsed in/on the NME this month by none other than noted Sonic Youth guitar mangler THURSTON MOORE

What Thurston says: “They’re a young band of women and I heard about them because my daughter did some sleeve-work for them. It’s sorta post-Riot grrrl, post-No Wave, experimental music and completely engaging from beginning to end.”

The band's LTD 7" 'Stupid' and LTD 12" 'Careful Like You Cared' are available now on Startracks with a full album to follow in late 2017.

Born in Dublin, ALISON O’DONNELL made her first single, 'Feeling High' for SNP's Simon Napier Bell and David Hemmings at the age of 15 with the cult folk‐rock band, Mellow Candle. The band appeared in concert with the likes of Genesis, Thin Lizzy, Donovan, The Chieftains and Steeleye Span. They signed to Decca's Deram label in the early 70s and gigged their album 'Swaddling Songs' in Ireland and Britain. In the mid 90s their highly collectable vinyl album achieved critical acclaim and is now ranked as a folk rock classic.

In recent years, Alison has collaborated with a number of bands including United Bible Studies, Mr Pine album, The Fieldmouse Conspiracy, contemporary electronic psychedelic band Big Dwarf and 'Songs From The Black Meadow', Compilation, (Black Meadow Song). Alison’s new album, "Climb Sheer The Fields Of Peace", is a collaboration with Dave Colohan and mixes folk with electronica with remarkable effect. Acoustic guitars and snaky synths combine with O’Donnell’s vocals to send shivers down the backbone.

The limited edition LP Of "Climb Sheer" - 300 copies worldwide - Is available on Mega Dodo this month.

CRYSTAL JACQUELINE was born in Wiltshire, England and from an early age she developed a love and a talent for music. In 2010 she recorded her first album and was a founder member of The Honey Pot. She has released several singles and albums for the Fruits de Mer and Mega Dodo labels and has developed a reputation as one of the best female vocalists on the neo‐psych scene.

Her latest album for Mega Dodo, "Await The Queen" is a gorgeous album of rich psychedelic textures and lighter acid‐folk melodies, it mixes both with ease to deliver a sensual mix of textures and sonic landscapes that make it an immersive sonic experience. Her haunting vocals combined with the song writing skills of her producer, Icarus Peel, to once again produce one of those albums that you hear once, play again, and before you know it, an entire day has gone by and you’ve still not heard enough.

RICHARD BONE (born February 3, 1952 - Atlanta, GA) has been creating music since his early teens. He began his professional musical career by creating soundtracks and scores for off-Broadway companies working in experimental theater. In 1979 he released with his band Bone the single Pirate the Islands/Headlines Have It before joining the legendary new-wave band Shox Lumania in 1981. Richard then recorded a 7" entitled Digital Days/Alien Girl independently and was subsequently signed to the UK based label Survival Records where he released several LPs, EPs, singles and contributed to various compilation albums. His 1983 single Joy of Radiation reached #1 on the Hong Kong dance music charts.

Richard created the Quirkworks Laboratory Discs label in 1991 allowing him freedom to create music of a more experimental nature and retain control of his musical direction. Since then Richard has released over twenty-five recordings of new material, several collaborations and contributed to many compilations. Of the new material recordings, three quickly rose to the #1 placement on industry charts and those three, along with several others, have also received numerous other honours. "Age Of Falconry" is available on Mega Dodo this month.

Founded in Bremen by Tom "The Perc" Redecker, from the beginning the project became a multimusical association, which knows no boundaries and seems to feel comfortable in every genre , regardless of whether it is prog-, Kraut-, punk-, jazz- or folkrock. It's not surprising that numerous musicians from such diverse bands as Amon Düül II, Die Ärzte, Grobschnitt, Boa's Voodoo Club, Lokomotive Kreuzberg, Pankow, Rockhaus, Mojo Club, Emsland Hillbillies - to name only a few - joined THE ELECTRIC FAMILY in the studio and on stage. Their new album "Terra Circus" is their finest work yet and is out on CD/LP via Sireena this June.

KRISTOFER ASTROM has been around, both metaphorically and literally. His hardcore punk band Fireside was the first Swedish band to ever play the Lollapalooza Festival and released their seminal 1995 "Do Not Tailgate" album on Def American - notching up a Grammy nomination in the process.

In 1998, Astrom was given a guitar, trust and studio time and has since released ight albums and several EPs under his own name. Spanning folk, country, pop and rock, these records explore both human relationships and, quoting his third album’s title, the condition of “northern blues”. Sometimes with Hidden Truck or The Rainaways next to his name, sometimes singing duets with musicians such as Britta Persson and Maria Taylor. Sometimes releasing two records within one year and sometimes disappearing for three years.

If you haven’t heard Kristofer Åström this important Swedish Singer-Songwriter mines the same vein as seminal American perfomers such as Neil Young and Springsteen, but also has a touch of introspective Nick Drake, but won't be typecast as a singer songwriter - sharing the same eclectic tendencies of his American contemporary Ryan Adams

We are proud to now be handling his Startracks back catalogue in the UK.

The first batch are available this June : 2001's "NORTHERN BLUES" and "LEAVING SONGS", "LOUPITA" from 2004, "SO MUCH FOR STAYING ALIVE" (2005), "RAINAWAY TOWN" (2007)
"SINKADUS" (2009) and 2011's acoustic masterpiece "FROM EAGLE TO SPARROW".

MOMBASA - "SHANGO OVER DEVIL'S MOOR - LIVE AT STAGGE'S HOTEL 1976" (Sireena) is a steamin' set of live recordings (with remastered sound) made during a 1976 performance at the Stagge's Hotel in Osterholz-Scharmbeck, Germany. MOMBASA was a European-African band, put together by American trombonist Lou Blackburn in 1973. All of the group's albums, dating back to 1975-1981, were recorded in Germany and showcase a brilliant mixture of jazz and African styles.

Three Great new full length releases from cult Rockabilly label Western Star available this June.

RUSTI STEEL AND THE STAR TONES - "Don’t Take The Rhythm From The Blues" - CD

4th album by established UK band. One of Western Star’s best sellers. This band have been busy on the circuit for years and are well respected. They play all over the UK and overseas festivals.

THE DEVILS DEUCE - "Supercharged" - CD

Debut album by hot, upcoming young Rockabilly/Psychobilly band. After gigging relentlessly in the pubs, this tight outfit have broken into the festival circuit and have signed to Western Star. Their debut vinyl EP gained a lot of airplay and attention , their first CD album is expected to gain even more of both...

THE BULLETS - "Somethin’ Real Good" - CD

3rd album by TOP UK Rockabilly band. This band have done well and sold well. They’ve played all over Europe and UK and have a busy year ahead. This is their 3rd and best album to date and is eagerly awaited by the Rockabilly community.

THE PARSON RED HEADS fourth full length record, "Blurred Harmony", is a 44‐minute distillation of everything the band has musically cultivated, internalized, and learned over their past 13 years writing and playing together. From the pedal steel soaked cosmic jangle of album opener “Please Come Save Me”, the Paisley Underground riff‐driven “Coming Down”, the ambient, harmony‐bathed ballad “What Have I Become”, all the way to the four‐part power‐pop suite that closes the record, Blurred Harmony could be looked at as an aural‐primer of the band’s various musical loves and influences, projected through the lens of the band’s trademark sound. Available as a LTD LP in gatefold sleeve (with CD) and CD on the 'You Are The Cosmos' label.

MOUNTAIN - "LIVE IN MELLE" - DOUBLE CD (Sirena) - Music by Mountain is high-pressure hardrock in perfection. Songs like „Mississippi Queen“, "Nantucket Sleighride“, "Theme From an Imaginary Western“ and "Blood of the Sun“, to name only a few, belong to the memorable classics of rock music that even decades after their creation haven’t lost any of their vibes and fascination. Founded in 1969 by Felix Papplardi (bass), Leslie West (guitar), Corky Laing (drums) and Steve Knight (keys), the band has a turbulent history, as is expected of a formation existing for such a long time. Mountain in its original line-up only existed for three years but during that time the band was unusually productive and successful and even won three gold discs. After briefly renaming the band and multiple changes in line-up, the band can be experienced here with founding member Laurence "Corky“ Laing of the band and his colleagues Phil Parker and Joe Venti. The gentlemen on this CD can prove that their music still belongs to the best there is and it can be enjoyed here by fans of harder tunes. This CD was recorded during the “German Sleighride Tour” at Kulturwerkstatt Melle-Buer, Germany. It is part of a live
CD collection that is presented and continuously extended by Sireena Records in cooperation with ON STAGE

NEKTAR - "LIVE IN BREMEN" - DOUBLE CD (Sireena) - In 1969, a band was formed that still is one of the most important and most famous progressive and art-rock formations in the world: NEKTAR. Founded by the Brits Roye Albrighton, Allan Freeman, Ron Howden and Derek Moore in Hamburg, the band quickly became world famous and turned into a legendary idol for other musicians at that time. Their terrific live performances have contributed to this reputation, which aside from elaborately created music also offered opulent light installation and slides projections. Even though the gentlemen in 1973 slightly selfironically put the headline “NOT the number one German band in England but the number one English band in Germany“ on one of their posters, they already were stars in all of Europe and the USA. The long-playing records “Remember The Future” and “Down To Earth” achieved gold status, to describe their tours as “well attended” would be a shameless understatement. But as life goes, after some ups and downs in the early 1980ies, the band broke up. Luckily not forever, because in 2001, Albrighton, Freeman and Ray Hardwick revived the band Nektar. And with enormous success until today, as many fans in the world can confirm.

This 2CD set was recorded in 2015 at a concert hosted by the well known Meisenfrei Blues Club in Bremen and is the next issue of a live-collection that is presented by Sireena Records and ON STAGE. It is also the last concert of NEKTAR with its founder Roye Albrighton, who died on July 26, 2016 after a long illness

After two years of careful crafting, the debut album of FELLWARDEN ‘Oathbearer’ is now ready to be proudly unleashed by Eisenwald. Six stirring hymns of strident ambience and powerfully emotive songwriting. A heavily layered, textured release, ‘Oathbearer’ at once convokes the essence of contemporary acts such as Drudkh and Negura Bunget whilst simultaneously channelling the spirit of the old masters – Summoning, Bathory, Abigor, (early) Emperor and (early) Ulver. An epic debut album from one of the UK`s finest.

BLAZE OF SORROW's fifth album ‘Astri’ (Eisenwald) is a fitting tribute to what the band has achieved so far in their career as well as offering a further development of their sound. Delicate acoustic guitars and sibilant, whispered vocals are contrasted with raging chords and furious percussion to deliver a truly immersive and atmospheric experience. Taking cues from legendary acts such as Agalloch and Katatonia, Blaze of Sorrow paint paeans to melancholy on waves of searing melody in a beguiling blend of dark folk and raging extreme metal. The encroaching autumnal twilight and desolate lamentations to the lost are what Blaze of Sorrow call home – and they invite you to join them. RIYL : Alcest, Agalloch or Katatonia.

GODS FORSAKEN - "In A Pitch Black Grave" - CD/LP (Soulseller) - Total Swedish Death Metal ! - From the members of Just before Dawn comes death metal legion Gods Forsaken. Driven by the urge to play filthy old school Swedish death metal with no frills, the trio set out to record an album that takes the best parts of the late 80s, early 90s metal scene. Expect an arsenal of raw, buzzsaw driven death metal from members of bands like Blood Mortized, The Grotesquery and Wombbath.

MAIM - "Ornaments Of Secerity" - CD/LP (Soulseller) - Ascending from the grave, MAIM return with album no. 3. The long overdue successor to the 2011 “Deceased to exist” album is finally upon mankind. Now stripped down to a duo, MAIM are back, more relevant than ever presenting one putrid death metal hammer, beware the ORNAMENTS OF SEVERITY!. For fans of Repugnant, Autopsy, etc

Please remember that these, and many other, titles can be read about in depth - and also directly pre-ordered from retail – via our monthly online “Decoded magazine” @ www.code7decoded.com - or just head off to your local independent record store.

Also please don’t forget to check out the Code 7 Facebook page for the latest sounds and news updates @ www.facebook.com/Code7distribution

Good Luck to you all.

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CODE 7 – MAY 2017 – INTRO

May has rolled around and the madness of RSD 2017 has begun to abate… as we said last month every Friday should be a Record Store Day in our book…why not get down to your local indie store this month to check out some of our May new release highlights…

Please remember that these, and many other, titles can be read about in depth - and also directly pre-ordered from retail – via our monthly online “Decoded magazine” @ www.code7decoded.com - or just head off to your local independent record store.

Also please don’t forget to check out the Code 7 Facebook page for the latest sounds and daily news updates @ www.facebook.com/Code7distribution

FULL OF HELL - "Trumpeting Ecstasy" - Profound Lore - CD / LP - Out 05/05/2017

Maryland/Pennsylvania experimental death-noise band FULL OF HELL have embarked on quite the journey leading up to the impending release of their latest full-length album “Trumpeting Ecstasy”, an album which will see the band deliver their most punishing, virulent, and dynamic album to date.

The embryonic beginnings of Full of Hell displayed their palette at its most primitive, d-beat and blast ridden hardcore punk with spats of noise and caustic rhythm, and within a few short years, they have bloomed into a true force to be reckoned with within the punk and metal communities. Since the release of their Profound Lore Records debut album “Full Of Hell & Merzbow” late 2014, their third full-length album, the band began to truly come into their own, combining elements of grindcore, death/black metal, punk and hardcore with a smattering of sonically laden power electronics and industrial pounding. It would also signal the band being at their most active and prolific ever since their inception in 2009.

The band would tour endlessly non-stop in different parts of the world in places as far off as Japan, Australia (twice), Southeast Asia (Indonesia, Philippines, South Korea etc.), along with several tour runs in Europe and many tour jaunts within the US, along with playing countless festivals and exclusive shows. The band would also add to their repertoire and discography as well during said timeframe releasing a direct collaboration album with The Body and several EPs, one of them being their most-recent split 7”EP with Nails (which debuts #2 on the Billboard Top 100 Singles Chart).

With “Trumpeting Ecstasy”, FULL OF HELL builds upon their progression since the Merzbow collaboration and the releases succeeding it. This time the band decided to go into God City Studios with Kurt Ballou at the production helm to help achieve the intended vision of “Trumpeting Ecstasy”. The result being the best and strongest sounding FULL OF HELL album along with it being their most towering release to date. Sky tearing and sonically cataclysmic, the aural deluge that is “Trumpeting Ecstasy” also features guest appearances by Aaron Turner (Sumac/Old Man Gloom/Mamiffer/Isis), Nate Newton (Converge/Old Man Gloom), Andrew Nolan (Column Of Heaven/The Endless Blockade), and Canadian singer/songwriter Nicole Dollanganger. Expect FULL OF HELL to tour relentlessly in support of “Trumpeting Ecstasy” as well.

Led by vocalist Jamie Myers (ex‐Hammers of Misfortune), SABBATH ASSEMBLY anno 2017 features guitarist Kevin Hufnagel (Gorguts, Dysrhythmia), who has been with the band since 2011; original Sabbath Assembly drummer Dave Nuss; bassist Johnny Deblase, who also played on the band's self‐titled album; and the new addition of second guitarist Ron Varod (Kayo Dot, Psalm Z ero, Z vi).

The "Rites of Passage" (Svart Records) CD/LP marks a moment in which Sabbath Assembly truly "comes of age" as a unique combination of its members, creating progressive metal influenced by Gorguts and Hammers of Misfortune while maintaining a melodic edge true to the roots of the band in the hymnody of the Process Church of the Final Judgment. In a time when others in the occult rock genre remain preoccupied with fantasy and dark mysticism, Sabbath Assembly finds the most profound of transformative moments in everyday experience.

"Rites of Passage" presents its listeners with a set of songs that the band hopes will mirror their own experiences of transition and in some way provide necessary passage.

Norway's ambassadors of macabre romanticism TUSMORKE take a step towards the great beyond with their new album "Hinsides", out on Svart Records on May 12th.

Despite the group's love of all things curious and off the beaten path, they have taken their native Norway by hailstorm and were just recently nominated in the local Grammy awards for best indie album.

Transmission from the band sets the record straight regarding the new album: "Hinsides means Beyond; Past life or past sense Dead or dead drunk; whether on wine, poetry or virtue Sex, drugs or Baudelaire. The entire work deals with death in one form or another. Lingering ghosts of rented apartments. Wishing a violent end to insomnia. Futile existence facing apocalypse. Funeral rites and the burial of loved ones. The grand 24 minute epic "Sankt Sebastians Alter" was composed in commemoration of the 666th anniversary of the Black Death in Norway. This album is less of a gloomy affair than might be expected by its theme, and the tunes are as catchy as the Plague. Join us in the Dance of Death, for verily Tusmørke sayeth unto you: Groove is in the Heart of Darkness."

FIRESIDE's classic "DO NOT TAILGATE" - is reissued via Startracks on May 5th 2017

Swedish punk band Fireside formed in the early '90s and, in some ways, personified the bleak landscapes of their homeland. Pelle Gunnerfeldt (a former pro-skateboarder changed full-time guitarist), Kristofer Astrom (guitar and vocals), Per Nordmark (drums), and Frans Johansson (bass) helped to influence a generation of Swedish hardcore bands like Refused, International Noise, Conspiracy, and Cobalt.

"Do Not Tailgate" is the Album who Rick Rubin released on his AMERICAN RECORDINGS and had them play LOLLAPALOOZA. AMERICAN RECORDINGS/BMG released it in the UK.

On "Do Not Tailgate" the band's angular Guitar driven indie rock shared sonic territory with their American contemporaries such as Quicksand and Helmet as well as fellow Swedish legends Refused. The album went on to win a Swedish Grammy Award for best hard rock Album 1995.

Fireside are back and playing festivals this summer ; tellingly guitarist and vocalist Kristofer Astrom has gone on to forge a burgeoning career as a masterful singer songwriter.

One of the most important indie Albums ever from Sweden.

Re-mastered for vinyl and the first time released in Europe on vinyl - but still with that eye catching Dan Glowes original artwork!

FIRESIDES's back catalogue is also available in re-mastered formats throughout May 2017: The other Startracks titles are "Elite" DLP/CD, "Fantastic Four" CD and the "Uomini D'onore" album on LP.

CINEPLOIT is celebrating its ́s 5th anniversary with a Label Compilation dedicated to the one and only ENNIO MORRICONE. "OMAGGIO AL MAESTRO ENNIO MORRICONE" features 10 exclusive Tracks from all artists of the labels roster including ZOLTAN, RASHOMON, ORGASMO SONORE, THELEMA, SOSPETTO, LAWA (= LEONARD/WANK), VIDEOGRAM, LUIGI PORTO & OSCILLOTRON. As a special surprise ORGASMO SONORE team up with SOSPETTO with a wonderful version of the driving track ADONAI!

Music from Films like EXORCIST 2, THE THING, SPASMO, REVOLVER, LIZARD IN A WOMANS SKIN, BANDITS IN ROME, THE OCTOPUS, THE IRON PREFECT and many more!

Available as: LTD Vinyl LP - 180g vinyl, Gatefold Sleeved LP with UV Spot and printed Inner sleeves plus CD in plastic sleeve

OR as a LTD CD on Cineploit in LP style wallet with 8-page booklet!

‘OMAGGIO A JOE D'AMATO MARCELLO GIOMBINI' by Deak Ferance / Roger Conrad also has a LTD 7" RE-PRESS ON CINEPLOIT this month!

This 7” Ep was released summer 2012 as a start for the Exploit Series on Cineploit and is long sold out and a collector’s item. As Cineploit will release Man-Eater aka Antropophagus this year for the first time in HD in a wonderfully designed 4 Disc Media book it is the right time to repress this 7” EP. 2 Songs of “Antropophagus” and 1 track of “Le Notti erotichi dei Morti Viventi” executed by DEAK FERANCE & ROGER CONRAD and originally by Maestro MARCELLO GIOMBINI. The original recordings are lost and these cover versions are made as close as possible to the originals!

Limited orange and black splatter vinyl repress 7" EP on Cineploit. Edition of just x 350 copies.

EXTREME NOISE TERROR (often abbreviated to ENT) are an English hardcore punk band originally formed in Ipswich in 1985. They are considered one of the earliest and most influential European grindcore bands, particularly in the crustpunk genre. Noted for one of the earliest uses of dual vocalists in hardcore and for recording a number of sessions for BBC Radio 1 DJ John Peel, Extreme Noise Terror started as a crust punk band and helped characterize the early, archetypal grindcore sound with fiercely political lyrics, grinding guitars, extremely fast tempo and often very short songs. "Phonophobia" is highly regarded as one of their best albums, first released in 1991, features tracks such as ‘Pray To Be Saved’, ‘Think About It’ and ‘Lame Brain’.

This re-release, “Phonophobia - The Second Coming” (Grave Wax) was remixed by Dean Jones and Phil Vane in 2009 and also features a bonus live show from 1986.

TIGER LOU is Rasmus Kellerman alias. He plays everything but they are a band live.

His catalogue of Swedish indie pop (often likened to the National by critics) is now available in the UK together for the first ever time. All the release are available on remastered LP and CD via Startracks.

"The Loyal" was released in 2005 and remains his most popular release. Originally released on Startracks/V2 and Eyeball Records (US).

"A Partial Print" followed in 2008, And after seven long years of silence Tiger Lou returned with new material on 2015's "California Hauling".2016's "The Wound Dresser" saw Tiger Lou travel back to a previous physical home and explore an idea of what else home could be but a place. The jagged guitar patterns and bass coupled with striking drumming, beautifully mapping out the expansion of the well-known Tiger Lou sound, have been broadened with synthesizers to extend the soundscape. The latest TL work will go over well with friends of bands such as The National.

DOLCE - "Av Liv Och Gronska” - CD / LP (Startracks) is out May 5th

Beautiful Indie Pop - sang in Swedish but with an international appeal. Beach House meets jazz legend Monica Zetterlund in a unique and outstanding way. Anna dark voice to their playful indie pop stands out and makes it interesting even for an international audience

“Dolce offer up something unique and compelling” – NME (UK)

BEAR QUARTET - "Moby Dick" - LP (Startracks) is out May 5th

"Moby Dick", the critically acclaimed sixth record by The Bear Quartet was originally released on A West Side Fabrication on the 24th of march, 1997 - Now it has a 20 YEARS ANNIVERSARY VINYL RELEASE

From their debut album, released in 1992, and throughout the whole discography of 15 albums and 15 EPs, The Bear Quartet got known for their strong integrity, their timeless songwriting and their amazing lyrics. One of the stand out bands in Sweden with certainly one of the most important indie Albums ever from Sweden. John Peel loved the band and they did a session with him. Doubtless the great man would be delighted to see the album appear for the First time ever on vinyl c/o the Startracks label!

ARCTIC SLEEP's heaviest, biggest-sounding, most epic records to date, 2012's "Arbors" and 2014's "Passage Of Gaia " are both back in print via The Church Within!

"Arbors" brings you a caress of lush cello arrangements greets you briefly before this masterpiece jolts you headlong into the wormhole on a journey through the band's unique world of mystic forests, majestic oceans of sorrow, and other earthen realms. Arctic Sleep creates a soundscape that is
unique among today's heavy bands in that it employs major-key riffing, intense down-tuned distortion, soothing vocals, classical instruments, themes of forestry and nature, along with modern-day production techniques with songwriting that pulls influence from a wide variety of genres including doom metal, 90's rock, space rock, classical, drone/ambient, shoegaze, post-metal, and the list goes on. Join Arctic Sleep on this exciting and blissfully heavy escape from reality.

2014's "Passage Of Gaia" saw the band returning to their roots as a two-man band with a gigantic sound, multi-instrumentalist Keith D and guitarist Mike Gussis once again steal you away from reality and plunge headlong into 54 minutes of pure sonic power, beauty and imagination. This follow-up to their critically acclaimed 2012 album "Arbors" expands on the band's unique musical recipes with their most complex & exciting material yet.

NEW RIDERS OF THE PURPLE SAGE - "Powerglide" - LTD LP REISSUE (Lion Productions)

The band's highest-charting album, reaching number 33 on the Billboard 200 - has its first vinyl re-release! (Incredible...but apparently true)

This LP is cut directly from 24-bit/96kHz master tape transfers and comes with a Four-panel insert w/liner notes by Richard Allen (Shindig!) and Ian Capilouto (Maplewood Records). The album features Jerry Garcia and Bill Kreutzman of the Grateful Dead, Spencer Dryden of Jefferson Airplane, and famed British pianist Nicky Hopkins (Beatles, Kinks, Stones). Includes all original Alton Kelley and Stanley Mouse art elements from the original album.

A real must for all Psych / Dead head’s!

CONSTANTINE - "Day Of Light”- LP

Follow the sound of echoing flutes and sleeping bells; past the willows, far over the hill. Disappear on a journey down the forest path, where kings and magicians are hiding in the trees. Beware the darkness of the forest and enjoy the vibrant colors of the land; harpsichords and Mellotrons as your guide. Come wander til the day has vanished and a new day begins...

"Day of Light" will lead you on a lysergic odyssey filled with Mellotron, harpsichord, sitar, studio effects & more. Fans of the 1969/70 dense, delicate and psychedelic acid folk sound need to get Day of Light into your ears!

A strictly LTD LP reissue on Lion Productions.

THE CHORDS UK - "Heart Of The Matter" - (EPop) is a great new EP release from The Chords UK.

Released to mark Chris Pope and bands London shows at Shepherds Bush Empire on Sat 15th April and on Friday 5th May at the 100 Club.

"Lucid Again" (This Charming Man) is the third long-player from Australia’s no. one hardcore punk outfit CLOWNS, marks a new area for the band. They sound more mature, stocked up from 4 to five band members and widen their style a bit - it's all over a more coming of age, more adult record.

Don't worry - they aren't a lame tiger, doing some lukewarm rock thing - "Lucid Again" is still a punk rock record, but with tons of hooks and cool ideas. the paradigma shifted a bit from the Trash Talk "in your face"-approach they had on "Bad Blood" to a more psychedelic layer-overlayer like sound.

It’s a bit like Fucked Up turned out after doing three albums in four years. delay driven guitars, massive choruses, and overall
Stevies trademark voice.

The band have just completed some successful UK dates, missed them? fear not if you dig the Bronx and Fucked Up, you will love this album.

"Headless" is a new 10” coloured vinyl 6 song mini LP from well established, legendary UK Psychobilly trio THE LONG TALL TEXANS.

Limited edition/coloured vinyl with six brand new recordings on the cult Western Star label.

In these divisive times it is only fitting that Internationalism is the binding force of FILASTINE AND NOVA’s duo collaboration "Drapetomania".

With backgrounds in Indonesian rap, Brazilian percussion and anti-globalization protests, the music they make together is endlessly varied in style and texture. Drapetomania features brand new tracks and songs that first featured in their video series Abandon. CD/LP released via the Jarring Effects label on 5th May 2017.

Please remember that these, and many other, titles can be read about in depth - and also directly pre-ordered from retail – via our monthly online “Decoded magazine” @ www.code7decoded.com - or just head off to your local independent record store.

Also please don’t forget to check out the Code 7 Facebook page for the latest sounds and news updates @ www.facebook.com/Code7distribution

If the world hasn't gone up in smoke we will see you next month when we will peer into June 2017's offerings…

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CODE 7 – APRIL 2017 - INTRO

April is here again and with that comes the glory of RSD 2017..love it or hate it its 10 years old.
In all honesty every Friday should be a Record Store Day in our book..not just one day a year..but hey ..everyone likes an event. Talking of events here is our April new release highlights..
Please remember that these, and many other, titles can be read about in depth - and also directly pre-ordered from retail – via our monthly online “Decoded magazine” @ www.code7decoded.com - or just head off to your local independent record store.

Also please don’t forget to check out the Code 7 Facebook page for the latest sounds and daily news updates @ www.facebook.com/Code7distribution

BRINSLEY SCHWARZ released a string of classic Pub Rock albums in the early 1970s, and this could be their best. "It’s All Over Now" was intended to re‐launch the group in America, but like their much‐hyped visit to New York it didn’t go as planned. Indeed, the album languished in Rockfield Studios tape library for years until rescued by the band’s guitarist Ian Gomm, who mixed it at Royal Studios for release on record. But even that didn’t go as planned and once again the album disappeared. A few years ago, Gomm made a few homemade CDRs available from his website, but the album has remained largely ignored. Until now. Twenty‐five years after Ian Gomm rescued and mixed the album, Mega Dodo is set to release a newly mastered version on limited vinyl and CD. The best Brinsley Schwarz album you’ve never heard now sounds even better.

Reissue of the Month in Record Collector's April 2017 issue and available to pre-order both as a limited edition 180 gram black vinyl LP (Just 350 copies worldwide) and for the first time available as a newly re-mastered limited CD.

West Coast U.S. black metal band ASH BORER, over the last several years, has been recognized as one of the more prominent and active bands in the U.S. black metal scene today. With their third full-length album “The Irrepassable Gate”, which follows 2012’s “Cold Of Ages” and was produced by Randall Dunn (Sunn 0))), Marissa Nadler, Wolves In The Throne Room), ASH BORER have created their most dynamic and sprawling album to date. Continuing to harness the wall-of-sound harshness and expansiveness of their signature time-stretching tracks, having Randall Dunn at the engineering helm has helped the band deliver their biggest sounding album yet, creating a much more enveloping all-encompassing atmosphere while still maintaining the raw, abrasive, and primal aura that has defined the band’s sound.

FOLLOWING 2016's HUGE SELLING CD THIS BM CLASSIC IS NOW AVAILABLE AS A LIMITED DOUBLE LP - ONLY X 30 COPIES ARE AVAILABLE IN THE UK - HEAD TO NORMAN MAIL ORDER TO TRY AND SECURE YOURSELF A COPY!

Finnish psychedelic black metal band ORANSSI PAZUZU have their much in demand earlier work available again via Svart Records this April.

The band's combination of Black Metal, Psychedelic Rock, Space Rock, and Progressive Metal really drew some positive attention to the band with their 2016 release "Värähtelijä"

Now you can hear where it all started for the band via the following reissues:
"Muukalainen Puhuu" CD / LP - Debut album reissued - Out of print for years and now back on CD and also on LP.
"Kosmonument" LP - The band's rare 2nd album is back on vinyl - This second pressing comes in a lavish triple fold jacket
"Farmakologinen"- LP - Oranssi Pazuzu's material from the 2010 split with Candy Cane reissued at last on LP

Returning a few years and a few tours after their debut album ‘Helsinki Savagery’ set the world ablaze, Finland’s FORESEEN are back with the topically resonant savage Crossover burst ‘Grave Danger’ CD/LP on Svart Records.

Continuing the direction of its predecessor, ‘Grave Danger’ delivers the punishingly relentless pace and aggression now firmly established by the iron hammer of Foreseen. Here find scraping, throat ripping vocals over lacerating Thrash dominance and possessed Hardcore breakdowns that twist seamlessly with an ever‐increasing 80s Heavy Metal tenacity, exemplified on tracks like ‘Fearmonger’, ‘Bloodline’ and ‘Chemical Heritage’. And Foreseen embrace social commentary and critique
throughout, as heard in the lyrics to ‘Government Cuts’ and ‘Suicide Bomber’ among others.

After three albums and 250 shows in 21 countries during the last five years under their belt, BLACK MAGIC SIX is Finland’s hardest working band in the underground rock´n´roll scene. A power duo consisting of a percussionist and a guitar-wielding singer, BM6 play relentlessly emotional bursts of dark, primal rock’n’roll energy.

With their new album BM6 takes another leap towards the grave this very April when Svart Records puts out their fourth full length album, titled "Choose Death". Even though the group themselves often underline their mental, musical and lyrical stagnation, the new opus is a long leap closer to the edge. The title of the album, Choose Death, epitomizes the band's attitude towards their own history and a possible future.

"More Scared Of You Than You Are Of Me" is the Fourth album from Australia's finest THE SMITH STREET BAND!

The eagerly awaited follow up to 2014’s breakthrough album, 'Throw Me In The River', was written while the band traversed the globe playing music and making friends in countless countries. From enormous festivals like Reading and Leeds (UK), Groezrock (Belgium) and Splendour in the Grass to stageless squats across Europe and American dive bars, the Smith Street Band have seen it all and they’ve poured those experiences into their boldest and most ambitious release to date.

Recorded in the picturesque surrounds of Stinson Beach, California at Panoramic House, the record also features a world class cast behind the desk. The sessions were produced by longtime friend and collaborator Jeff Rosenstock, engineered by Jack Shirley (Joyce Manor, Deafheaven, Hard Girls), mixed by John Agnello (Sonic Youth, Dinosaur Jr., The Hold Steady) and mastered by Greg Calbi (Bob Dylan, Ramones, Bruce Springsteen). Available on either CD or first pressing Blue Vinyl LP.

BILLY CHILDISH needs no introduction. For his combo, BILLY CHILDISH & THE MUSICANS OF THE BRITISH EMPIRE ; BILLY CHILDISH (guitar and voice) enlisted MR. WOLF HOWARD (THE BUFF MEDWAYS, THE PRIME MOVERS, THE SOLARFLARES, DAGGERMEN, JAMES TAYLOR QUARTET) for the instrumentation on drums and NURSE JULIE (THE ALINES.) for bass and her enchanting voice. The two tracks on this 45, "ROSIE JONES" and "LITTLE MISS CONTRARY" are two absolute 60's Garage Punk winners with a cracking lacing of R'N'B! - This 7" was originally released in 2008 and is available once again on Soundflat Records (packaged in a cracking Pop Up ‘Dress The Band’ sleeve) only whilst stocks last.

Finally, it’s happening, the long awaited 5th studio release of ELECTRIC MOON "Stardust Rituals" is released this April on Sulatron Records !

4 tracks, which pack a punch and which went a long way to become what they are now. The oldest tune "Stardust (The Picture)" was already recorded in 2014 and was released as an instrumental version on two live albums so far. But it got refined with overdubs like vocals and stuff, like all the other tracks, too. This is one of the things which make the difference between live albums and studio albums, when that improvisation and songwriting get mixed-up!

"Stardust Ritual" is painting a journey through the inner cosmos and wants to deliver the insight, that no-one and nothing gets ever lost, because space is like a jar which keeps us all, in which form ever... We’re all made of stardust so nothing can happen in the end...

Taking their name from a mis‐heard Rolling Stones lyric, GREEN SEAGULL are the latest band to burst out of London's burgeoning neo‐psych scene. The band formed in 2016 when Paul Nelson (New Electric Ride) approached Paul Milne (Hidden Masters / Magnetic Mind) to work on some songs together. A shared enthusiasm for late‐60s baroque psychedelia and 12‐string jangle soon blossomed into a prolific songwriting team, and before long the duo had more songs than they knew what to do with. They were joined shortly after by Sarah Gonputh on keys and Carlos Redondo on drums, and the newly‐minted quartet set about recording a demo in their rehearsal room on an old cassette 4‐track. These lo‐fi recordings pricked up the ears of Mega Dodo Records who immediately signed the band for an album deal.

Since then the band have played a handful of well‐received shows around London and have been hard at work recording their debut single 'Scarlet / They Just Don't Know' now available to pre-order as a limited edition of 300 - Picture sleeve - Black vinyl 7"

THE INESEKTLIFE CYCLE is one of the Philippines' best kept secrets. This quartet was formed in 2013 with members hailing from Manila's underground metal scene. Brothers Ronaldo Vivo Jr. (Drums) and Ronnel Vivo (Guitars) are from Doom/Sludge/Post Metal band Hateure. They combine forces with Jay Jumawan (Guitars) & Joy Legason (Bass) from full contact death metal band Barabbas to bring you music nonpareil from Asia.

Their work is the result of fusing the dreamlike soundscapes of instrumental rock with the luscious panorama of psychedelic/stoner/progressive rock. Their music engulfs the listener like an amazing technicolor dreamcoat of all four seasons simultaneously. The sonorous impressionism of their approach to instrumentation is a journey of subtle jarringness, avoiding any heavy‐handed approaches in their pursuit to elevate all those within earshot to a state of sonic euphoria.

"Vivid Dreams Parade" (Mega Dodo) is the debut album from the band which has previously had singles released on the boutique labels Static Caravan and Fruits de Mer.

Finally available in the UK...Two albums from U.S. Prog overlords COSMOSQAUD.

"Squadrophenia" (Marmaduke) is the band's second studio release. F from Los Angeles, CA progressive trio COSMOSQUAD featuring guitarist Jeff Kollman (Chad Smith’s Bombastic Meatbats, Glenn Hughes, Mogg/Way, Asia feat. John Payne) , and the stellar rhythm section of Shane Gaalaas (drums) & Barry Sparks (bass) who recorded and toured with the guitar hero crème de la crème (Yngwie Malmsteen, Michael Schenker, Uli Jon Roth, Vinnie Moore) throughout the 1990’s.

"The Morbid Tango" (Marmaduke) meanwhile is the first new studio album in a decade from Los Angeles, CA progressive trio COSMOSQUAD featuring guitarist Jeff Kollman (Chad Smith’s Bombastic Meatbats, Glenn Hughes, Mogg/Way, Asia feat. John Payne), Canadian drummer Shane Gaalaas (B’z, Diesel Machine, MSG, Yngwie Malmsteen), and new addition Kevin Chown (Tarja, Chad Smith’s Bombastic Meatbats, Paul Gilbert, Artension) on bass.

SLOMATICS - "ESTRON" - LP - Limited white vinyl repress released on April 7th.
"Estron" the - 3rd full length by trio Slomatics from Belfast, Northern Ireland, is their second on Burning World Records...sitting alongside their split with Conan,
The first edition vinyl on Head Of Crom has been long sold out, so demand for this Burning World reissue will be high!
'The Quietus' included "Estron" in their top 20 metal releases of 2014.

A duo based in The Netherlands and comprised of members from NIHILL and Dead Neanderthals, CELESTIAL BODIES are exactly the fruit of their unholy union. From Nihill they inherited the pitch-black and noise-drenched sound, as well as a conceptual approach with deep roots in gnosticism and occultism, while from Dead Neanderthals they borrowed the avant-garde sensibility and a free-jazz nature built on improvisation.

The result is “Spit Forth From Chaos”, a blasphemous and cacophonously disturbing blend of anti-cosmic black metal and raw noise, propelled by an imperious drumming that breaks through the gates of perceptions, tossing the listener into a nightmarish, sense-altering dimension where everything is Chaos, and Chaos is everything.
Celestial Bodies‘ debut, “Spit Forth From Chaos”, is one of the most intense, hallucinating and mind-shattering sonic experiences ever put on record.
Now available as a LTD White Vinyl LP on Burning World.

In July 1968 the legendary YARDBIRDS had disappeared, and singer / guitarist Keith Relf and drummer Jim McCarthy found themselves in the short-lived folk duo TOGETHER. This project formed the core of the Folkrock band RENAISSANCE. In addition, keyboardist John Hawken from the Nashville Teens, bassist Louis Cennamo (formerly Jody Grind, The Herd) and Relf's sister Jane Relf, who was responsible for singing and percussion.

Another "Yardbird", Paul Samwell-Smith, produced the debut album of the same name in 1969, and Germany's leading music magazine SOUNDS discovered "melting beautiful classical passages",which were associated with wonderful vocal harmonies and epic broad song structures. The same spirit conjured the album "Illusion" produced by Relf himself the same year. Despite great reviews and exciting concerts, Relf left the band in 1970, the sales figures of the two albums were sobering and for the former "Yardbird" probably too poor. Keith Relf and Louis Cennamo founded ARMAGGEDON, a new harder band project, the rest of the musicians founded ILLUSION. Both projects were not particularly successful. On 14 May 1976, Keith Relf died of the consequences of an electric shock.

The recordings of this "Live At Fillmore West 1970" album were made during the US tour of RENAISSANCE on 6 March 1970 in the legendary Fillmore West in San Francisco. They are from the private archive of Jim McCarthy and are therefore a bit rougher than expensive recorded live recordings of record companies. But it's direct and charming documentaries of a great band from a great time when much was possible! - Limited edition of 1000 copies in 180 gram heavy-weight vinyl on the Sireena label.

HONEST JOHN - "Sailor"" - LP is an unreleased underground Texas hard rock from 1975!

Heavy grooves with dense, layered guitars and Deep Purple/Black Sabbath style vocals from bassist T.J. Sanders. Honest John was a band that meant business at a time when most bands were softening their sound for radio. Not these guys! Honest John did release an extremely rare 7" on the Baron label (BRN45006): slinky track 'Brighter Day' b/w the chunky and hard driving 'Face the Crowd'); but that was all that ever emerged from the sessions until now. It was in fact all the world knew of Honest John, aside from folks blown away by hearing them on tour in Texas playing frat parties, bars, military bases, and sleazy rock clubs in the early 1970's. Honest John's "Sailor" is a living, breathing tribute to Ottis Coleman, who should have long ago been celebrated as a true Texas guitar great. Features Coleman's stellar guitar and engineered by future Mojave Audio honcho and key figure in 1970's rock in Houston,Dusty Wakeman. Coleman and Wakeman both later joined Houston blues rockers Buzz Bone, which featured Dan Mitchell and Tom Moore post-Moving Sidewalks. But it has always been the Honest John sessions that they longed to have released. We at Lion Productions are proud to present the album Honest John wanted to release, at long long last. A small press run of 500x copies, housed in a deluxe gatefold tip-on jacket, sourced from original master tapes. A definitive statement of heaviness.

"TWELVE STRING HIGH” is a 'You Are The Comos' label curated compilation featuring 23 bands from around the globe playing 12‐string electric guitar!!
The wide variety of artists and 12-string styles are different enough to prevent predictability in the playlist. Standouts include Erik Voeks (“She Loved Her Jangle Pop,”) The Jangle Band (“Love You Too,”)The Sensitive Drunks (“There She Goes,”) and The Bellowers (“She Reappears.”).

In honour of BLUE ASH ‘s 2016 Spanish Tour, You Are the Cosmos are issuing a 15‐track retrospective of the Youngstown, OH Power Poppers' finest compositions
"15 Number Ones in A Perfect World" features: "Abracadabra (Have You Seen Her?)," "Smash My Guitar," "She's So Nice," and more! Limited edition CD....and a must for fans of Big Star, Badfinger, Raspberries, The Who and Seventies Power Pop.

DEVIL - "To The Gallows" - Out 21ST April via Soulseller on CD and Black Vinyl LP and ultra limited Red Vinyl LP. 4 years after the 2013 sophomore we present the third full Length by the wizards of the riff from Norway!

The band comments: "Bands always say that their newest effort is their greatest. We say fuck that. This is a heavy rock album, and it's up to the listener to decide how good it is. We're darned proud of it, though, and think it sums up the first era of Devil pretty good, with maybe our most heavy metal parts so far, but still building around The Riff, the main ingredient in any heavy metal song writing. We like to think we've come a long way these years, and are happy to end our first trilogy with this album. We're more of a band than ever, and joint efforts have made further improvements to the band. We'd say this is an album still for fans of Black Sabbath, Pentagram, Witchfinder General, etc, but also touching into the 1981 NWOBHM quite a bit, especially on the title track."

PALE KING was founded in 2016 by Jonny Pettersson and Håkan Stuvemark, both known from Wombbath among others, and will unleash their first full-length entitled "Monolith Of The Malign" on 21st April 2017 on CD and Limited LP via Soulseller Records.

Be prepared for high-quality melodic Death Doom Metal with an old school feel, blending influences from bands such as early Paradise Lost, Amorphis, Eucharist and Unanimated!

"URERE" (Eisenwald) Latin for burning, a word that fits perfectly for what KRATER stands in their musical direction and lyrical imagery. A blazing torch that starts as a smoldering ember and ends in a raging fire taking everything away. The honest fury that becomes an inner madness, burning you from inside. URERE is the 3rd full length record for KRATER. Created with blasting whirlwinds, and the gloom of low tempo, URERE was composed with the mind of combining the most diverse musical outbreaks to create a fitting soundtrack of reflection for a disturbed personal vision. The music and lyrics hover in a state of hate, lunacy, frustration and cathartic outbreaks. URERE speaks to the listener on numerous levels, using influences of Black-, Death- and Doom-Metal in synergy with different vocal styles from screaming, choirs, and whispers.

After two demos and an EP German act VARGNATT return with the anticipated follow up 'Grausammler' (Eisenwald). The first full length manifests a new level in the history of the band, even though the songs are rather puristic the music reveals its depth - dreamscapes woven in desolation, sorrow and hope. Greatly influenced by the early Burzum Era as well as Ulver's Nattens Madrigal, „Grausammler“draws the listener into a stream of memorable lead guitars surrounded by harsh vocals. A warm bass-guitar crafts the songs and the drumming by Wiedergaenger (Total Negation, Nachts, ex-Auvandril) rounds it off while fragile string’s and choir performances done by "H.es.a.e. (Nachtreich, Ex-Eudaimony) enclose the sum.

Please remember that these, and many other, titles can be read about in depth - and also directly pre-ordered from retail – via our monthly online “Decoded magazine” @ www.code7decoded.com - or just head off to your local independent record store.

Also please don’t forget to check out the Code 7 Facebook page for the latest sounds and news updates @ www.facebook.com/Code7distribution

If the world hasn't gone up in smoke we will see you next month when we will peer into May 2017's offerings…

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CODE 7 – MARCH 2017 - INTRO

Welcome hopefully to Spring….
Please remember that these, and many other, titles can be read about in depth - and also directly pre-ordered from retail – via our monthly online “Decoded magazine” @ www.code7decoded.com
- or just head off to your local independent record store.

Also please don’t forget to check out the Code 7 Facebook page for the latest sounds and news updates @ www.facebook.com/Code7distribution

PILLORIAN - "OBSIDIAN ARC" – CD (EISENWALD)

PILLORIAN was formed in early summer of 2016 by John Haughm (ex-Agalloch), Stephen Parker (Maestus, ex-Arkhum), and Trevor Matthews (Uada, ex-Infernus) with the goal to create a unique, sinister, and twisted style of dark/black metal. Fusing haunting melodies with avant-garde structures, dark folk elements and blackened walls of furious sound; the music of Pillorian is the perfect aural definition of its namesake.

To promote "Obsidian Arc" in April 2017, the bands' road map includes confirmed appearances at Inferno Festival (Norway), Roadburn (The Netherlands), SWR Metalfest (Portugal) and Dark Easter Metal Meeting (Germany) among other live dates.

BRINSLEY SCHWARZ - "IT'S ALL OVER NOW” - LTD LP / CD (MEGA DODO)

BRINSLEY SCHWARZ released a string of classic Pub Rock albums in the early 1970s, and this could be their best. "It’s All Over Now" was intended to re‐launch the group in America, but like their much‐hyped visit to New York it didn’t go as planned. Indeed, the album languished in Rockfield Studios tape library for years until rescued by the band’s guitarist Ian Gomm, who mixed it at Royal Studios for release on record. But even that didn’t go as planned and once again the album disappeared. A few years ago, Gomm made a few homemade CDRs available from his website, but the album has remained largely ignored. Until now. Twenty‐five years after Ian Gomm rescued and mixed the album, Mega Dodo is set to release a newly mastered version on limited vinyl and CD. The best Brinsley Schwarz album you’ve never heard now sounds even better.

Available as a Limited edition 180 gram black vinyl / 350 copies worldwide and also for the first time available on newly re-mastered CD.

THE WIPERS - "BOX SET" (Burnside/Zeno) – 3CD BOX SET - IS BACK IN PRESS!

THE WIPERS are often referred to as Portland’s first punk band. But calling the band ‘punk’ totally ignores and underestimates what Greg Sage and crew were doing from 1977 onward. Now rightfully acknowledged as hugely influential on the bands who followed them out of the late Eighties / early Nineties underground scene (being cited by The Melvins, Mudhoney, Dinosaur Jr and Nirvana’s Kurt Cobain as a huge influence); the Wipers Box Set collects the band's seminal first three albums "Is This Real?”, "Over The Edge" and "Youth Of America" and adds a few obscurities to make up this stunning 51 song 3 CD Set.

An absolute must for fans of the North West US underground scene and the whole 'Our Band Could Be Your Life' / SST era of American Punk.

ARTIFICIAL BRAIN - "INFRARED HORIZON" – CD - (PROFOUND LORE)

With their second full-length album “Infrared Horizon”, NY-based death metal band ARTIFICIAL BRAIN have created a sophomore release more advanced than their lauded debut album “Labyrinth Constellation”. By taking their brand of singular brutal guttural yet technical and ambient sci-fi death metal to a new galaxial plateau, “Infrared Horizon” sees the sonic architecture laid down by the band go further into the beyond and infinite.

Conceived in 2011 by guitarist Dan Gargiulo (Revocation) and vocalist Will Smith (ex-Biolich), the band would be rounded out by bass player Samuel Smith (Luminous Vault), guitarist Jon Locastro, and drummer Keith Abrami. The band would align themselves with Profound Lore Records and drop their debut album “Labyrinth Constellation” in 2014 to wide praise within the circles of death metal that range from accolades from within technical, dark, guttural, and progressive death metal respectively. Along with decent touring around “Labyrinth Constellation”, the band would also have their music played and were even name dropped on multiple occasions in the popular CBS television shows Elementary and Limitless.

“Infrared Horizon” sees ARTIFICIAL BRAIN traveling towards a sonic realm where the music has become more brutal and dissonant, technical, atmospheric, and just overall more otherworldly. Delving into the lyrics and themes of “Infrared Horizon”, themes such as dealing with the concept of a dystopian future in which robots and cyborgs have outlived human beings. Robots and Cyborgs who believe themselves to be not of creation of the long extinct humans but a more perfect evolution of them. The scenarios take place all over outer space and on unnamed planets (not necessarily Earth). Fans of Gorguts, Demilich, and Deathspell Omega should check these guys out pronto.

FUOCO FATUO - "BACKWATER" – CD - (PROFOUND LORE)

FUOCO FATUO was born in 2011, in the middle of the ghastly lakes of Varese, Italy. Starting out as an occult and oppressive death/doom band with an eerie and gloomy atmosphere, their debut LP “The Viper Slithers In The Ashes Of What Remains”, which followed several EPs, was an exploration of the darkest and most desolate spaces through a sickened development of sound, making it like a flood of impenetrable black magma.

Their new album - for the mighty Profound Lore label - “Backwater” is a massive and suffocating funeral doom opus, the distressing awareness of the nothingness, transcending in the oblivion, and feeding on the black void. The relationship between state of mind and nature, the desolation and vast sense of distance are the main themes. An introspective, mournful journey deeply rooted into the unknown.

Italy’s FUOCO FATUO is one of Europe’s best and most prominent funeral death/doom bands going today. A must for fans of Disembowelment, Evoken, Thergothon, Esoteric...

GNOD - "LIVE AT ROADBURN 2012" - LP - (ROADBURN)

This LP is a special release to celebrate GNOD as artist in residence at the Roadburn Festival 2017.
Pressing of just 300 copies worldwide. Recorded at the prestigious Roadburn Festival 2012 at Patronaat, Tilburg.

Fuelled by maverick spirit and fearsome willpower, GNOD have released dozens of full-length albums, CD-Rs, cassettes and short run releases, each seemingly materializing from the ether, as the band, revolving around key members Chris Haslam and Paddy Shine, is shrouded in mystery.

Always thought-provoking and political oppressive, with a mercurial power and fiery intensity that could come from no-one else, GNOD will play four shows during their residency at Roadburn, and following in the footsteps of Circle, Justin K Broadrick and The Heads among others. Pre-Order this limited Live LP from a local indie or a specialist online retailer - or you WILL miss out

ALUNAH - "SOLENIAL" - CD / LP (SVART)

Over the course of their three albums – 2010’s "Call of Avernus", 2012’s "White Hoarhound" and 2014’s "Awakening The Forest" – cult four‐piece ALUNAH have been a constant force of progression into an individualized take on psychedelic and organic heft. Their material has never lacked structure or groove, but with the melodic vocals of guitarist Sophie
Day ever at the fore, they keep an eye toward the ethereal as well.

That was never more true than on Awakening the Forest, which was released by Napalm Records and followed by 2015 CD reissues of the first two albums via PRC Music
and a vinyl release for Call of Avernus through UK imprint HeviSike Records, with one for White Hoarhound still to come in 2016.

But even that ending was only a beginning...their new Album "Solenial" is out via Svart on March 17th.

HELLO BLACK HOLE - "IN NO GOOD HAND" - LP (SVART)

How to deal with increasing everyday anxiety and social tensions arising from situations you cannot understand?

One option would be to greet them head on, which is exactly what Helsinki‐based power trio HELLO BLACK HOLE state as their mission. The raincoat‐clad Johan "Goatspeed" Snell, whom you may remember as the creative force behind the cult band BEASTMILK, writes catchy, multi‐layered four minute paeans to everything unexplorable and unexplainable. Written under the influence of Pixies and Whitehouse, performed with the help of bassist Pontus and drummer Titus, Hello Black Hole sounds deceptively easy to digest at first, but prolonged exposure reveals many curiosities lying underneath. "Each person's life is a hole, and the challenge is to find out where it leads", comments Snell, "That is the process this music stems from."

Their debut "In No Good Hand" is out on LP via Svart on March 17th.

Roadburn Festival's own "Roadburn Records" imprint has three other new releases out this March:

ORANGE SUNSHINE - "Live at Roadburn 2007" – LP (Roadburn)

10-year anniversary of these recordings - Ultra limited Pressing of just 300 copies worldwide.
Recorded at the prestigious Roadburn Festival 2007 on the Main stage. Mixed and mastered by OS-drummer/singer Guy Tavares at Bunker, The Hague.
Artwork by bassist Mehdi Rouchiche/Godspill.

ELDER - "Live at Roadburn 2013" - LP - Red Vinyl version (Roadburn)

First live-album by Boston’s Elder, one of USA’s best modern day stoner outfits after two studio albums (Elder and Dead Roots Stirring) and one EP (Spires Burn)
This release takes cuts from both studio albums and the EP.
Recorded live at the Roadburn Festival 2013.
Vinyl includes a cd with the whole concert; vinyl has 4 out of the 6 tracks played.
Repress on red vinyl.

DEAD TO A DYING WORLD - ""Live at Roadburn 2013"- LP – (Roadburn)

Pressing of just 300 copies worldwide.
Recorded at the prestigious Roadburn Festival 2016 in the Green Room.
Mixed by Marcel van de Vondervoort, mastered by James Plotkin.
Artwork by Sera Timms (Ides Of Gemini).

JOHN HOYLES (SPIDERS, WITCHCRAFT, TROUBLED HORSE) - DEBUT SOLO ALBUM "NIGHT FLIGHT" - LP (CRUSHER)

John Hoyles was born and bred in London, UK. He moved to Sweden in his early teens where he became the lead guitarist in the legendary doom metal band Witchcraft in the year 2000. Nine years later he founded the band Spiders, together with his friend Axel Sjöberg from Graveyard. Now the time has finally arrived for John Hoyles to release his debut solo album, "Night Flight" (Crusher Records)

While John sings, plays guitar and bass on the album he called in friends Ricard Harryson and Axel Sjöberg to support him on the drums. The eight track long album clocks in at just under 22 minutes and includes the ‘70s British punk rock flavoured opener Talking About You, the psychedelic dreamy Night Flight, the acoustic guitar picking ballad In the Garden, and much more.

Inspired by The Damned, Dead Boys, Pink Fairies and early Stiff Records this is a GREAT album.

ROTTEN MIND - "ROTTEN MIND" - CD / LP (LOVELY)

ROTTEN MIND are back with their second - and self titled album - on Lovely Records, filled with alienation and darkness.

The bands high energy and powerful melodies combined with a broader spectrum of influences makes this a stand out record. The ten track self titled album is a splendid post punk/garage rock mash up from a Swedish band in their prime. The album follows up on the bands’ debut 'I'm Alone Even With You' that was released in the autumn of 2015.

The CD/LP is brim full of Garage rock with silly amount of melodies, bringing to mind The Adverts, Husker Du and Jay Reatard; the band is named after a Jay Reatard song for a reason!

THE DAHMERS - "IN THE DEAD OF NIGHT" - CD / LP (LOVELY)

As dusk settles in and night time approaches THE DAHMERS rise from their coffins once more.

Like bloodthirsty creatures of rock n roll they will burst out into the moonlight leaving solitude behind on a rampage for terror. 13 nerve breaking songs dedicated to the darkest of hours that will cut you down ruthlessly. A mutation of garage punk, energetic rock and 60s pop makes 'In The Dead Of Night' (Lovely Records) a Frankenstein’s monster of music.

THE NEIGHBOURHOOD STRANGE - "LET’S GET HIGH"/"ONE LAST CHANCE" - 7" / CDS (STRANGE)

"LETS GET HIGH"/"ONE LAST CHANCE" is the second release from THE NEIGHBOURHOOD STRANGE from Salisbury who formed in late 2015.
This release was once again recorded at The Crows Nest studios, London with Olly Betts of “The Duke Spirit” at the controls…Killer Garage Rock 'oft compared to the likes of early “Love”, ”Velvet Underground” and ”The Reigning Sound”...Available as LTD 7" and CD EP on Strange Recordings.

ARMS AND SLEEPERS - "Life Is Everywhere" - LP - (Fake Chapter)

As they wrap up celebrations for their 10 year anniversary, Boston duo ARMS AND SLEEPERS prepare to ring in the New Year with a new full length, "Life Is Everywhere" (Fake Chapter) out on March 24th, 2017. The album, which was produced by Sun Glitters and features appearances from acclaimed MC Serengeti and Airøspace, expands on the melodies of their previous work but with a darker and more reflective quality. In a recent interview with Impose Magazine, Mirza Ramic (half of the duo) stated, 'Integrity has no borders' when talking about his past as a child refugee, the importance of art, and the socioeconomic and systematic discrimination we face today — the latter being what inspired the album after he spent the summer with underprivileged youth in Chicago's notorious South Side. With its 90s hip-hop and jazzy vibe, "Life Is Everywhere" combines an 'end of times' feel, which perfectly captures our world today, with glimpses of hope.

EDWIN ASTLEY - "The Baron: Original Soundtrack" - LP (Network)

Mastered from original analogue tapes unearthed in 2014, specially selected tracks from those existing music cues have been used here to create superb episodic music suites featuring the work of Edwin Astley, one of the 20th century's premier soundtrack composers. Listeners of this 12" LP will detect new depths and textures previously unheard in the television broadcast versions of these themes and incidental cues. This audiophile-level album is presented on 180g virgin vinyl featuring new transfers from original analogue tape elements. Mastering engineers Ray Staff and John Webber at Sir George Martin’s legendary AIR studios mastered the audio for this and cut the lacquers.

Everything you would expect from a Network release. New transfers from original analogue tape elements. Superb retro gatefold sleeve. Mastering/vinyl cutting by Ray Staff (one of the best audio engineers in the world). High quality pressing by the renowned Pallas pressing plant in Germany. 180g virgin vinyl – superb sound reproduction.

ROBERT EARLEY - "Themes For TV Drama: The Music of Robert Earley" - 10" (Network)

Lancashire-born Robert Sharples is probably best remembered as the musical director of prototype TV talent show Opportunity Knocks, but it was under the pseudonym Robert Earley that he provided memorable themes and incidental cues for a range of ITV drama series during the late '60s and early '70s. Themes for TV Drama brings together some of Earley's best-known compositions, ranging from the smokey, jazz tinged Public Eye to the brassy, urgent aggression of Special Branch. This EP is presented as a 10" EP on 80g virgin vinyl featuring new transfers from original analogue tape elements. Mastering engineers Ray Staff and John Webber at Sir George Martin’s legendary AIR studios mastered the audio for this and cut the lacquers.

Everything you would expect from a Network release. New transfers from original analogue tape elements. Mastering/vinyl cutting by Ray Staff (one of the best audio engineers in the world). High quality pressing by the renowned Pallas pressing plant in Germany.

GORGOROTH - "DESTROYER" - REISSUED ON CD / LP - (Soulseller)

19 years after its original release the classic Norwegian Black Metal album is presented again. With no further introduction needed, the early Norwegian black metal band Gorgoroth had been crushing everything on its path ever since their birth in 1992 and with this, their 4th studio album, things were no different. Introducing Gaahl on vocals on the opening track, and with guest appearances of Frost (Satyricon), Daimonion (Enslaved), Ares (Aeternus) in addition to the reaping vocal performance by legendary singer Pest, all under the supervising leadership of Infernus, the message was clear: total Norwegian black metal destruction!
With art directions led by founding member Infernus, “Destroyer, or about how to philosophize with the hammer” now finally sees the darkness according to his wishes 100%.
In addition of this special re-issue it comes with exclusive liner notes from Jon “Metalion” Kristiansen, of the mighty Slayer Mag.

The re-issue of this great album is available in a dizzying array of CD and LP formats on Soulseller Records.

PATRIA - “MAGNA ADVERSIA” - CD / LP - (Soulseller)

The new PATRIA studio album offering ten tracks under the tenuous line between Black Metal and experimental avant-garde music, mixing the South American metal madness with the classic and dark Scandinavian vein. It was co-produced, mixed and mastered by Øystein G. Brun (Borknagar), features Asgeir Mickelson (Ihsahn, Sarke, Borknagar, Spiral Architect…) on drums and Fabiano Penna (Rebaelliun) as special guest on the orchestrations.

Another future BM classic from the Soulseller label.

Please remember that these, and many other, titles can be read about in depth - and also directly pre-ordered from retail – via our monthly online “Decoded magazine” @ www.code7decoded.com - or just head off to your local independent record store.

Also please don’t forget to check out the Code 7 Facebook page for the latest sounds and news updates @ www.facebook.com/Code7distribution

If the world hasn't gone up in smoke we will see you next month when we will peer into April 2017's offerings…

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CODE 7 – FEB 2017 - INTRO

How is the New Year a month old already - Insane! - let us move swiftly on to February 2017 to see what the New Year's second batch of releases have in store.

Please remember that these, and many other, titles can be read about in depth - and also directly pre-ordered from retail – via our monthly online “Decoded magazine” @ www.code7decoded.com - or just head off to your local independent record store.

Also please don’t forget to check out the Code 7 Facebook page for the latest sounds and news updates @ www.facebook.com/Code7distribution

PILLORIAN was formed in early summer of 2016 by Stephen Parker (Maestus, ex-Arkhum), John Haughm (ex-Agalloch), and Trevor Matthews (Uada, ex-Infernus) with the goal to create a unique, sinister, and twisted style of dark/black metal. Fusing haunting melodies with avant-garde structures, dark folk elements and blackened walls of furious sound; the music of Pillorian is the perfect aural definition of its namesake.

"A Stygian Pyre" (Eisenwald) is a Limited vinyl release of just x500 copies) - and With the Agalloch connection this WILL sell out fast. An absolute must for fans of: AGALLOCH, UADA, IN THE WOODS, MORBUS CHRON, Dark Metal, Black/Death Metal, and Avantgarde Music

Progressive shoegazing? Music of the outer spheres? An irrevocably mentally unstable Gentle Giant and a severely alcoholic Todd Rundgren having a love child which, after being adopted to Russia, finds himself performing a rock opera in the Ural Mountains? It is typical of the human mind to try and classify things, but when confronted with KAIRON; IRSE!, many are at a loss for words. Behind the moniker KAIRON IRSE! there are four inner space travelers from western Finland. Debut album "Ujubasajuba" already knocked the planet off its orbit, even though it was done as a DIY Bandcamp release. Despite the lack of a physical release the album found itself on many best albums of the year-list in 2014.

Since then the band has performed at various large festivals and meticulously written the new album. Titled "Ruination", the album will be released by Svart Records in February 2017 on CD, double LP and digital. The band describes their music as an appreciation of the ideas and overall mentality of experimental pop musicians of the 60s and 70s, combined with a modern approach and original musical vision. Whereas the debut album was largely born out of improvisation and jam sessions, "Ruination" is the fruit of two years of careful composing and arranging work, taking control of the chaos. Though often bundled with the shoegazer movement, Kairon; IRSE!'s music has since the beginning been a rare bird inside the scene: it rings out with a different tone, and already on the first album the influence of classic progressive rock was evident. On Ruination the curiously named quartet heads further, beyond the point of no return, into their own world of sound, where power chords, arpeggios and quirky vocal harmonies flow.

Svart Records is set to release both "Ruination" and the group's first album "Ujubasajuba" on February 3, 2017, on CD/2LP.

EXTREME NOISE TERROR are an English hardcore punk band originally formed in Ipswich in 1985. They are considered one of the earliest and most influential European grindcore bands, particularly in the crustpunk genre. Noted for one of the earliest uses of dual vocalists in hardcore and for recording a number of sessions for BBC Radio 1 DJ John Peel, Extreme Noise Terror started as a crust punk band and helped characterize the early, archetypal grindcore sound with fiercely political lyrics, grinding guitars, extremely fast tempo and often very short songs. With this eponymous release, EXTREME NOISE TERROR are back to their crust punk original sound, harder, faster and better than ever!

Last year's self titled CD is now available to Pre-Order as a Special edition White heavyweight gatefold vinyl edition on Grave Wax Records!

MINAMI DEUTSSCH’s self titled debut album (Sulatron) is sated with an absolute love toward Krautrock and the driving Motorik beat. Minami Deutsch was formed by Kyotaro Miula (guitar, vocals, and synthesizer) in Tokyo in 2014. Their sound is influenced by both their love for Krautrock legends such as Can and Neu!, and the band members being self-professed "repetition freaks" who heavily listen to minimal techno.

The music proceeds straightforwardly with the Motorik beat (Hammer beat), devised by Klaus Dinger (Kraftwerk, Neu!), as its central axis. Humorous, yet bizarre Japanese lyrics are whispered over a hard, cold beat that is maniacally repeated, creating a pleasant ambience of electronic pulses drifting in space. Sharp guitar tones reminiscent of Michael Karoli (Can) occasionally explode into fuzz distortion, on the verge of collapse.

Time has come – once more: SULA BASSANA walks on electronic trails again and produces an album in the attitude of electronic kraut-rock!

After the successful forerunner "Shipwrecked" (2016), which was built mostly on electronic instruments, the sound is a bit more relaxed on this album. "Organ Accumulator" accrued on the application of portable keyboards and little organs, also synthesizers, drumboxes, etc... In addition to the album "Organ Accumulator", the CD has "Disappear" as a bonus, the whole Sula Bassana side of the Split LP with 3AM (which was only released as vinyl on Headspin NL). On the tracks of "Disappear", there are notable more guitars, drums and some vocals (by Komet Lulu and Sula) but also the music is very relaxing and fits wonderfully to the tracks of "Organ Accumulator". CD limited to 500 in 100% recycled cardboard fold out digi-sleeve c/o Sulatron Records.

MARK AND THE CLOUDS is a London based band playing a blend of timeless and powerful pop. Evolving from Instant Flight, a band so cool they persuaded the legendary Arthur Brown to sing on their debut album "Colours & Lights", Mark & The Clouds is fronted by vocalist and songwriter Marco Magnani. "Cumulus" is Mark and The Clouds difficult second album. Although there’s nothing difficult about it. Like their debut, it’s full of intoxicating bright, jangly pop and rock with more hooks than an angler’s bait box. Think Kinks, Jam and the best power pop imaginable and that’s Mark & The Clouds. Another belter from the Mega Dodo stable on CD and LP.

The Rome-based Teen Sound Records, one of the most dedicated new-Sixties labels around, delivers a precious reissue of this classic 80s psychedelic album on its 30th anniversary. THE STEPPES "Drop of The Creature" comes housed in a full coloured gatefold sleeve, enriched by the song’s lyrics and rare vintage pictures, as well as two excellent and rare bonus tracks from the period that fit perfectly in the albums mood. The Fallon brothers band penetrated psychedelic folk territories, even digging into their Irish ancestry, with brilliant, sometimes epic results, characterized by mature writing that does not disdain the groups subtle references to the Beatles, Kinks, Byrds and a touch of eerie medieval atmosphere, all presented in an absolutely original way. An essential timepiece for fans of the 1980's Californian Paisley Underground scene...

BOOK OF WYRMS - "Sci-fi/Fanstasy" (Twin Earth Records0 is an outstanding Space metal from Richmond, VA featuring members of Bearstorm, Uproar, Divine Suffering, Sematary, and The Hotdamn. This will pulverize your core with spaced-out blues/stoner metal.

MORTIIS (EX OF EMPEROR) SIDE PROJECT "VOND" REISSUES HIS LONG OUT-OF-PRINT RECORDINGS THIS FEBRUARY VIA 'FUNERAL INDUSTRIES'

Recorded and released between 1993 and in 1997, "The Dark River", "Green Eyed Demon", "Selvmord" and "To the People" are q quartet of rare and challenging pieces of work that should be a must for fans of both Emperor and all Avant Garde music....

NAKED STAR is the new musical outlet of Tim Schmidt (Seamount) and Jim Grant (Vampyromorpha), born in a night with a lot of booze, horror movies and a blood moon. In spring 2016 the 10’’ EP “Bloodmoon Prophecy” has already been released via Voize Of Azram Records, followed by a tape version from Auric Records.

After the collaboration had turned out to be very fertile, the duo began working on their full-length debut "The Ancient Rites" very soon and found the right label with "Church Within Records". Expect a full dose of pure and extremely HEAVY Doom in the vein of Saint Vitus, Goatsnake, Black Sabbath, Electric Wizard, Count Raven, Hour Of 13 and the likes

PARANOID ‘s “Cover Of The Month” has a limited one time pressing of x 1000 LP's released on February the 3rd from Svart Records. After the wildly successful debut full length album Satyagraha (2015) the Swedish d beat punks PARANOID embarked upon a 12 month project, with one new cover track appearing on the bands Youtube channel each month. The results were also released as a limited tape edition, and now it is time to put this concoction of old school true metal and raw hardcore crust on vinyl. This is a onetime pressing of 1000 copies and it comes with a gigantic poster and a 6 page insert.

Absolutely blasting Covers of everything from Celtic Frost and Sepultura through to Anti-Cimex and Kaaos – Terrific fun!

ARDUINI/BALICH is the result of two very powerful figures in their own right of the metal scene. VICTOR ARDUINI needs no introduction being one of the founding members of FATES WARNING; same can be said for BRIAN “BUTCH” BALICH, the mighty voice of ARGUS.

“Dawn Of Ages” (Cruz Del Sur) is one of the most ambitious records ever released on Cruz Del Sur Music. A monumental piece of music, a rollercoaster of emotions, an album that captures the collisions of two worlds, progressive and doom. The final result is a really amazing journey inside human soul. Through six original compositions that last for more than an hour, the audience will be captured and hypnotized by the eclectically familiar Victor’s guitar melodies empowered by Butch’s passionate interpretation. Indeed “Dawn of Ages” is an album that could have been easily recorded in the mid/late 70s for the total dedication that transpires through each and every note of it. It is not an album that wants to please any old or new trend in metal, rather an intimate expression of two musicians who have always put their passion for heavy music before anything else.

PRAY U PREY, based in Cheltenham England, features members of such luminaries as UK thrashers SUICIDE WATCH, UK grind legends PROPHECY OF DOOM and noize-mongers ALEHAMMER. The band was formed autumn 2014 with the sole intention of laying down some of the most brutal death metal and grindcore the UK had ever produced! With over 30 years recording & gigging experience between the various band members, it wasn’t difficult to come up with an EP's worth of songs. Within six months the band had a MCD ready to go and an incendiary live set to boot. Figure the 8 (Selfmadegod) is a must for crust/grind fans old and new.

Following the critical acclaim for her 2015 debut solo album Emperors of Medieval Japan, LISA RONSON, daughter of David Bowies legendary guitarist Mick Ronson, is to release new single, TALES OF THE CITY (Maniac Squat) backed by her new band THE LAST DAY SECT. TALES OF THE CITY was co-written by legendary songwriters Geoff Deane (Modern Romance, Leyton Buzzards) and Paul Gendler (Modern Romance, Roachford, Spice Girls) and Lisa Ronson. Lisa was born and brought up in the US, living in Woodstock, New York, and later in New York City itself, relocating to London in 2012. TALES OF THE CITY recalls the music and the streets of Lisa’s native New York; its eccentric, flamboyant and dysfunctional characters. The 7 Inch limited to x500 copies only; and with BBC plays from the likes of Gary Crowley, Alex Lester and Billy Sloan this will sell out fast!

COMPLICATED MEN OF LEISURE is a new band featuring members of Jaya The Cat and Random Hand.

Their album "I’m Sorry If I Did Something You Feel I Need To Apologise For" (Bomber) is a very Limited Edition Vanilla Coloured Vinyl only release - LIMITED TO X 50 COPIES FOR THE UK!

DOOKOOM, the infamous Afro-punk noise rap crew that is currently deadlocked in a historic battle with a white Afrikaans ‘civil rights’ group at the Human Rights Commission in South Africa, accused of ‘incitement to violence’ and ‘hate speech’ for raising issues of inequality, land ownership and structural violence with their track ‘LarneyJou Poes’, are back with their debut album, ’NO!’, on I.O.T Records. For Fans of: Dalek and Death Grips.

Please remember that these, and many other, titles can be read about in depth - and also directly pre-ordered from retail – via our monthly online “Decoded magazine” @ www.code7decoded.com - or just head off to your local independent record store.

Also please don’t forget to check out the Code 7 Facebook page for the latest sounds and news updates @ www.facebook.com/Code7distribution

If the world hasn't gone up in smoke we will see you next month when we will peer into March 2017's offerings…

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CODE 7 – JANUARY 2017

Safe to say 2016 has not been to everyone's taste - So let us move swiftly on to January 2017 to see what the New Year's first batch of releases have in store.

Please remember that these, and many other, titles can be read about in depth - and also directly pre-ordered from retail – via our monthly online “Decoded magazine” @ www.code7decoded.com
- or just head off to your local independent record store.

Also please don’t forget to check out the Code 7 Facebook page for the latest sounds and news updates @ www.facebook.com/Code7distribution

The laser-punk duo RAINBOWLICKER, consisting of Johan (ex-Beastmilk) and Peps (ex-Creepy Crawlie), has for quite some time aroused attention with their live performances, but until now the worrisome twosome hasn't been successfully persuaded to enter the studio. Svart Records forced the duo to record an album, titled "I Saw The Light But Turned It Off", to be released in January.

Peps and Johan's music draws inspiration from the fury of punk rock and riot grrrl subculture and drowns them in electronic pulsating waves of sound. The eclectic electric group has been difficult to pin down, and their music has shaken the walls of art galleries as well as rat-infested Russian squats.

Available in January 2017 on CD/LP from the fine folk @ Svart Records.

On the “Magick Rites and Spells” (Soulseller) CD/LP PSYCHEDELIC WITCHCRAFT follow the release of the debut album "The Vision" and gather all the songs that were not included on the debut album.

The first part of “Magick rites and spells” brings tracks that were not included on the debut, though had an important meaning to the band. The second part features the band's first EP that blends perfectly to the first half, with sounds, atmosphere and magick.

Feel the bluesy atmosphere, without ever missing the energy of rock and roll. Feel the spell...

Psychedelic Witchcraft fans should also be drawn to MAGNET, who were founded in the first half of 2016 and is lead by the bassist of Psychedelic Witchcraft, Riccardo Giuffrè, who is taking place on guitars and vocals here. Their debut album “Feel Your Fire” (Soulseller) promises a magical mixture of high energy 70's blues and rock and roll. With a sound focused on energetic vocals and fast tempos, you will also be thrown in a void of slow and dreamy rhythms. It's literally like feeling a fire!

The Magnet debut CD / LP is a must for fans of Psychedelic Witchcraft, Graveyard, Kadavar...

'Escape Mask' (Other Voices) by MERZBOW is a rather unusual album if you know MERZBOW by his trademark wall of pure noise.

Recorded back in 1983 'Escape Mask' reveals us well hidden side of Masami Akita. Psychedelic atonal guitar‐driven noise, samples, technoid drum machine patterns and even some inclusions of vocals all together evoke sweet memories of Throbbing Gristle or early SPK. Originally released as C‐60 cassette (zsfm‐010) on ZSF Produkt, Japan and digitally re‐mastered from original cassette in July 2012 at Munemihouse, Tokyo.

On April 5, 1982, German project TRIO (Stephan Remmler vocals, Casio, Kralle Krawinkel guitar and Peter Behrens drums) appeared in the studio of Radio Bremen to present their then current stage program live. These three guys had a great day then, presented a fantastic performance and, of course, the people in front of the stage were enthusiastic about the show. Big cinema! Some Thirty four years later "Live At Beatclub" (Sireena) arrives on DVD for the first ever time. A Fascinating timepiece from one of Germany's most successful ever bands.

For the now very iconic movie "Nero Su Bianco" / "Black on White" by the Italian cult director Tinto Brass, Procol Harum alumni FREEDOM contributed the soundtrack and met exactly the musical nerve of that time: psychedelic sound collages, sprawling flirren keyboard passages, fuzzy guitars and lulling vocals - just the stuff that wanted to hear by the young music fans back then!

Unfortunately the album only appeared at the Italian offshoot of Atlantic Records, and further editions were never released. SIREENA Records is very proud to publish this little masterpiece on white, 180 gram vinyl in a limited edition of 1000 copies.

In 1999, after more than 400 gigs the legendary German Art rock band RAMSES took time out from the stage and went into their own studio to record the new "Control Me" album free from any time pressure. Supported by the wonderful female vocalist Danni Greinke, who added her own sense of depth and feeling to some of the songs, they created an album ranging from romantic over hard to easy rock songs dealing with Lady Di, love, obsession and the fight between good and evil.

Now, 16 years later, Sireena is proud to re-release this fine kind of music digitally remastered with bonus tracks on CD.

North-American band THE FLIGHT OF SLEIPNIR returns with the sixth full-length “Skadi” (Eisnwald Records) - Formed in 2007 by David Csicsely and Clayton Cushman, The Flight of Sleipnir explores ethereal and progressive sounds with lyrics that pursue the rich literature of ancient Scandinavia. Throughout a demo, splits, and five full-length records they have continued to refine their sound; weaving acoustics, blackened metal, doom, and psychedelic all thread into one fine art piece. Freshly equipped with two live and studio members, they are now looking forward to adding the next chapter to the band’s development.

Available as a Gatefold CD edition and Gatefold vinyl edition with big fold out poster - and an absolute must for fans of: Opeth, Bathory, Mastodon, Solstafir, Agalloch or The Gates of Slumber.

MOSAIC's homage to winter in conception, an explosion of expressions in perception, OLD MAN'S WYNTAR (Eisenwald) is an astonishing masterpiece of soundscaping. Its highly complex structure takes the listener onto a many-faceted journey into the deepest realms of ice, snow and darkness. With a unique mix of Black Metal, Avantgarde, Neofolk, Ambient, Neue Deutsche Todeskunst and many other elements and influences, it lures the mind and beckons to venture beyond the borders of its usual conversance. The course of the EP is shape shifting between incantation, melancholy, desperation, fierce bitterness, harsh coldness and enticing tranquility. Its frostbitten, sharp sound entwines and channels the lyrical concept and musical fabric in towering manner toward the ecstasy of white, hostile solitude. OLD MAN'S WYNTAR's grave repercussions echo forth a long time after its last note has died away; its hard-to-grab multidimensionality and eerie temptation inflict succumbing to revisit the ephemeral spheres this record conjures.

This very special, extended version finally turns the EP into the treat of a Full-Length. Enhanced with an additional chapter, the total playing time advanced to an incredible 74 minutes of allurement that will see the last unfrozen souls enchanted. Complete with a thick A5 book, reworked and extended artwork and booklet, as well as full English translations of all lyrics for the first time ever.

BASTARD SONS OF CAVAN - "Masks, Megaphones & Mayhem" (Western Star) is the great second album by this crazy UK Psychobilly/Punkabilly band

This is by far the most enjoyable album yet from this lunatic London-based Trio. 13 shambolic, punky Psychobilly tracks.

THE GO GO CULT "The Beat Of…" (Western Star) is the third CD album by this unique Garage/Punk/Psychobilly band.

This is by far the best album yet from this Reading based band...

JUDE JOHNSTONE is one of the most respected and acclaimed songwriters of her generation. Johnstone’s lyrical depth and memorable melodies have attracted an impressive list of recording legends that have covered her songs including Johnny Cash, Stevie Nicks, Bette Midler, Bonnie Raitt, Emmylou Harris, Trisha Yearwood, Jennifer Warnes, and Clarence Clemmons. These artists were drawn to the emotional truth found in Johnstone’s songs that are without pretense or posturing. Johnstone’s work is poignantly heartfelt and deeply emotional. Music supervisors have begun to spotlight Johnstone as well, with television shows Lifetime’s “Army Wives,” Showtime’s “Nurse Jackie” and Fox’s “Lie to Me” using her songs in emotional scenes and ending credits.

About new album "A Woman's Work" (Burnside) Johnstone says”It is an unapologetic record —pretty raw, recorded live in the studio in two days”
In agreement 'No Depression' say “It is very much introspective and focused on the female perspective.”

NORMAN BLAKE is an American instrumentalist, vocalist, and songwriter. In a career spanning more than 60 years Blake has played in a number of folk and country groups. He is considered one of the leading figures in the bluegrass revival of the 1970s and is still active today, playing concert dates and making albums with his wife Nancy Blake.

"Brushwood (Songs and Stories)" (Burnside) is nineteen all-new Blake original Old Time Country Songs and Stories on the heels of Norman Blake’s "Wood, Wire & Words" Grammy Nomination for Best Folk Album of 2015

Norman Blake has played with June Carter Cash, Johnny Cash, Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, Ralph Stanley, Steve Earle, Kris Kristofferson, John Hartford, The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band among many others...You may even know him from the "O'Brother Where Art Thou" soundtrack...

Please remember that these, and many other, titles can be read about in depth - and also directly pre-ordered from retail – via our monthly online “Decoded magazine” @ www.code7decoded.com
- or just head off to your local independent record store.

Also please don’t forget to check out the Code 7 Facebook page for the latest sounds and news updates @ www.facebook.com/Code7distribution

See you next month when we will peer into February 2017 hoping to see the very first shoots of Spring.