HOT GUTS – ‘Wilds’ LP
The second full-length from Philadelphia based post-industrial group. What started off as a raw and gritty post-punk band in 2007 eventually evolved into a more refined foray into territories that cross between the electronic and organic, as well as the harsh and beautiful. Currently a duo, Wes Russell’s signature rich baritone and unorthodox guitar stylings (at times more reminiscent of construction machinery than a guitar) are still very present while counterpart Shari Wallin (also of Void Vision) provides the synths and drum machines as well as backing vocals. Within this web of minimal electronics there are hints of EBM, neofolk, tribal industrial but there is an element of experimentalism that has always been present in Hot Guts that keeps things sounding fresh, and strangely contemporary throughout the recordings. Comes on 33rpm black 12″ vinyl.
LOST TRIBE – ‘Solace’ LP
Richmond, VA goth peace-punk combo is back after their huge 2011 s/t debut LP on Blind Prophet. Once again their sound is an epic odyssey through the graveyard dimension of punk, drawing inspiration from early crust, 80s California deathrock, UK anarchopunk, and the more tribal side of postpunk bands like Killing Joke. Solace combines piercing bass lines with earthquake-like drumming, strong vocals, darkly atmospheric synths, and razor-like guitars to weave a spell of death, lamentation, destruction, and disease over the listener. Punk from the wrong side of midnight. Released in Europe by Avant! and in the US by Mass Media Recs. 33rpm black vinyl 12″, comes with insert sheet with lyrics.