Sunday, November 13, 2011

OUT NOW: RAWHIDE - Branded for Life EP Vinyl Details + Press

Now available on vinyl with download code, or as a 'pay what you want' download. 

"Lets see now... Motorhead while technically English now for all intents and purposes are an LA band. Turbonegro lost its primo front man, so someone has to take up the fight be the crown prince's of PBR fueled motor-rock so it might as well be up to Sweden's Rawhide. Motor-rock are bands who's music is guitar heavy, Motorhead worshiping, cars,beer swilling,outlaw style music. Think Zeke, early Supersuckers, Black Knots, American Speedway. I love this shit!!! Right up my alley and since Europe has few bands playing this purely American style rock n roll these days Rawhide might as well go for it."

"Taking a page out of the careers of Birth A.D. and Hellacopters, Swedish rock'n'roll brigade Rawhide break away from their other jobs in more overbearing bands to try their hand at some good old Gearhead-style rock on Branded For Life. Still, they do more than just tear shit down; they deconstruct it to the point of stripped nuts and broken bolts by pulling from the influence of death punks Turbonegro, balls-out grit gurus New Bomb Turks, the explosive Hookers and the almighty Motörhead. Harkening back to the explosive, pelvic dominance of Red Hot Lovers colliding against Bitchin' Camaros, Branded For Life is a grinding assault of barrelling punk rock'n'roll injected with enough malicious metal to ensure there's even more danger, intensity and cacophony than one would typically expect. Bullet may have held the throne of up-and-coming Swedish dirt rockers, but with one fell swoop, Rawhide have come along, stolen it and turned it into a filthy, salaciously fiendish perch."

"this is a drunken party ride to the gates of Hell"
-HAILS Webzine

"In the vein of such other brutal Scandinavian punk rock heavyweights as Hellacopters and Turbonegro, Rawhide carve out a niche with their blackened sensibilities and  relentless rock riffs."

"Sweden is the land of origin of many rawk ‘n’ roll bands, who keep the legacy of MC5, The Stooges, and others like them very much alive. Also in this line you can place Rawhide; energetic garage punk rock ‘n’ roll is fired at the listener, hitting target as a raging thunderstorm."

In an age where bullshit bands rule the American airwaves, one may be led to believe rock'n'roll is on life support if not dead already. Thank god for Sweden however! Over the years Sweden's greatest export has been high voltage rock'n'roll: HELLACOPTERS, HARDCORE SUPERSTAR, BACKYARD BABIES, NOMADS... and now RAWHIDE.

RAWHIDE's 'Branded For Life' is a full-throttle race down the highway to hell whilst making pit stops at every sleazy bar, strip joint and sanitariums along the way. RAWHIDE features members of Bestial Mockery, Kill and Protector.

Fans of Turbonegro, Gluecifer, Hellacopters, etc. take notice!

Pressing Info:
100x Clear/Blue
400x Black
Includes digital download card

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OUT NOW: FISTULA - LOSER 12" Vinyl Details + Press

500 copies will be pressed including a digital download.
100 copies clear
100 copies blue
300 copies black
Artwork by Eric from GRIEF.


Sludge fiends FISTULA have pulled themselves up out of the gutter they call home and hooked up with Boston’s mighty PATAC Records to release the Loser EP. This brand-new 12” is due out in September. According to FISTULA ringleader Corey Bing, “It’s very dark and sad, twisted humor, dense, heavy, tuned LOW. It sounds like The Hounds: old metal, Venom style with GBH undertones. It sounds like Death playing hopscotch with the apocalypse while finger-bangin’ Autopsy.” The six-song record features the band’s trademark sickening guitar tone, agonized vocals, and wretched attitude, worshipping as always upon the bloodstained altars of Celtic Frost, Winter, EyeHateGod, and Buzzoven.

Following in FISTULA’s long-running tradition of all-out chaos and confusion, the Loser EP features an updated lineup – a nasty cast of characters drawn from the likes of Anal Cunt (drummer Nate Linehan) and King Fire Goat (Steve Barcus, vocals) alongside the OG members.
At the heart of Fistula are guitarist/main man Corey Bing (who sings, plays guitar, and/or drums on some releases, depending on who’s flaking out at the moment) and bassist Bahb Branca, the toxic twins of sludge metal, blood brothers who have been to hell and back together. They started the band in 1998, and live a little cave in Cleveland, Ohio called The Fistula House. And, yeah, being the good guys in a world of shit, they have problems. We won’t name names, but a quick look at these guys’ lives over the last year, and it’s like the kind of shit you’d hear at a 12-step meeting. Divorce. Dependency. Depression. Destruction. Shit just got worse. Some people hammered away at Fistula like they were trying to make ‘em quit. But they didn’t. The band is back. Holy shit, are they back.
“We had our ups and downs,” says Bing. “But shit is ON.”

"Loser sounds a lot like the Mimi Bobeck character.   Fat and ugly"
"grinding sludge played with reckless abandon. Nothing pretty whatsoever. "
"The slow bits are like getting kicked in the head by steel-toed boots. The faster pieces are like kicking some other poor yob in the head."

"whiskey-soaked, bong water-infused sludge, but here’s the twist – it’s also straight punk, almost d-beat at times."

"a beautiful train wreck of malicious sludge and I absolutely love it."
"Crushing, aggressive sludgy filth. That is what Fistula boasts and that is exactly what they deliver. I can ask for nothing else."

"Expect Eyehategod/Buzzoven mixed with Anal Cunt, early Napalm Death, Autopsy/Winter/Coffins... it's a clusterfuck of low end metallic muscle that'll be about as gentle as a brass knuckle enema."
"piss or get off the pot, this is the best Fistula yet!!!!"

"a true hybrid of such genres right down to every detail, rather than the chop and change method adopted by many. Fathered by grind and nurtured from a cynical mother of sludge, this release reeks of qualities of both in a distinctive yet regal fashion."

"doesn't necessarily sound like you're picking up some fine piece of ass at a club, rather some blown out, cellulite-covered white trash motorcycle mama who happens to have your name, and plenty of others, tattooed on her ass. It is horrendous. It is foul. It's goddamn awesome."

"Cleveland, Ohio has produced some of the best metallic hardcore in the universe. Bands like Integrity and Apartment 213 have solidified the town’s reputation as a breeding ground for the dark and brooding side of punk. Fistula is no exception. With a much more sludgy, down-tempo approach to hardcore, Fistula have crafted a really interesting musical portrait in Loser"

"Foul, dejected, inhuman. There are a plaethora of adjectives that go into the sound of a record by Cleveland doom killers Fistula, downtrodden, face in the gutter doom"

"With this EP, the band has captured the sound of merciless degradation in glaring, horrifically pleasing clarity. Haunting at times, violent and deadly at others, Loser is the sound of sanity crumbling to dust. The sound of the death knell ringing in our ears. If what “they” say is true…if the end is truly near, then these guys will quite possibly be playing the farewell party. The record’s title must surely be a nod to the band’s detractors, because Fistula are most definitely winning the battle!!"


"This is nasty doom sludge. It reeks of death and is covered with maggots. "Loser" as it is is fueled by the four "D"s- Divorce, Dependency, Depression, and Destruction. That has been Fistula in a nutshell this last year so its no wonder "Loser" is as shit-faced ugly as it is. This stuff doesn't so much play on your speakers as creep out of them waiting to dissolve you in it's putrid, toxic waste. Approach this one carefully. You've been warned."

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