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Suffer the Pain - The last massacre

Should have posted this days ago, but it got lost in the shuffle. Raw metal/punk from Sweden released on cassette, just as it should be. Look for a split 7" with fellow crust-metallers Bombs of Hades in the near future.

Then Comes Silence - Slowly dragging you down

Swedish music distributor is finally up on SoundCloud and the first thing they have posted in the excellent new track from Swedish goth/postpunk/shoegazers Then Comes Silence.

Hombre Malo/Desert Icons - SplitHombre Malo/Desert Icons
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Yep, the crusties will love this! Hombre Malo kick off proceedings off and, to be honest, they do take a while to hit their stride. Once they do though, they just click and you're right in there with them, tearing shit up. The first three tracks are essentially punked-up stoners while closing track "Burial ground for a past life" showcases the Oslo-based sludgers at their finest. The punky stuff might sound cool and all, but when Hombre Malo hit mid-pace before slowing to a drawn-out, doomed halt, it's as pummelling as a bag of pool balls to the cranium. More of this in the future will level cities.

I take it Spain's Desert Icons have listened to a fair bit of Thin Lizzy in the past. The bits on here that do sound like a metalized Lizzy are the downers here. They just lift and brighten the atmosphere a bit too much in something that has the potential to be dark and nasty... in an outstandingly metal way. Out of three songs, opening track "The search" is Alchemist meets Thin Lizzy and the second song, "Animal rage" is Immortal meets Thin Lizzy. And the Lizzy bits are everywhere in both. Closing track "Time for the storm" is the best of the bunch here by miles and it's killer. And there's no Thin Lizzy in it at all! It showcases a band with an identity of their own who sound so fluid when they just run with it rather than trying to show people that they can play like Thin Lizzy. NB. I think this is the most I've ever written Thin Lizzy in my life.
- John Norby

RAS - Råttornas vinter

Check out a sample from the upcoming RAS album, due out in October via :
I don't know anything about this band at all, but instrumental synthpunk is all good by me.

Dalaplan - Trillar i (video + more)

New visuals from Swedish punkrockers Dalaplan as directed by Christian Jönsson for an upcoming documentary due to be released next year. Look for the band's new 7" single "Ta mig när jag faller" to be released by on October 10 to coincide with the start of the band's upcoming Swedish tour.

Heartbreak Stereo "Double EP" stream

Finnish punkrockers Heartbreak Stereo are streaming their entire new "Double EP" in full via SoundCloud.

Knifven - Vaccinet (video)

A new homemade cellphone video from Swedish punkrockers Knifven.

New tunes from Diskonto, Djävulskap, Vicious Irene and more

I don't have the time to listen to all of this stuff myself to filter out the good from the bad, aside from those Desperat tracks which I already posted, so head over to Mosher to check out a round-up of new Swedish punk/hardcore tunes:

Turist i tillvaron vol 5 tracklist

The tracklist for volume 5 of Mikael Sörling's much-heralded punk/hardcore compilation series "Turist i tillvaron" is now confirmed:
Expect a November/December release.

Okkultokrati - No Ouroboros (+ new album news)

Finally, new music from Okkultokrati! The band's upcoming album "Snakereigns" has been officially confirmed for release on October 26 via and they say that musically-speaking, it "is a great leap for the band," and that they build their songs "on straightforward punk beats with the filth of unholy rock n' roll running through their veins." As for the lyrical themes contained therein: "The end of the universe, the end of the world and the end of self." Yes, this is my most anticipated release of 2012.

Desperat split 12" preview

Stream a couple brand new tracks from Swedish råpunks Desperat off their upcoming split 12" with Deathraid.

Holograms in the US

Swedish postpunks Holograms make their live debut in the US today before heading out on the road for the rest of the month:

09/04 - Mercury Lounge, New York, NY
09/05 - Red Palace, Washington, DC
09/06 - Hopscotch Music Festival Raleigh, NC
09/07 - Voyeur, Philadelphia, PA
09/08 - 285 Kent Ave Brooklyn, NY
09/09 - Great Scott, Allston, MA
09/10 - Casa del Popolo, Montreal, QC
09/11 - Parts & Labour, Toronto, ON
09/12 - Happy Dog, Cleveland, OH
09/13 - Magic Stick Lounge, Detroit, MI
09/14 - Schubas Tavern, Chicago, IL
09/17 - The Media Club, Vancouver, BC
09/18 - Barboza, Seattle, WA
09/19 - Mississippi Studios, Portland, OR
09/21 - Rickshaw Stop, San Francisco, CA
09/23 - Part Time punks at The Echo, Los Angeles, CA
09/24 - Soda Bar, San Diego, CA

Vånna Inget - Jag ska fly tills jag hittar hem (video)

New video from Vånna Inget for the title track of their latest EP "Jag ska fly tills jag hittar hem". Sweden's best current punk band? Yes.

Presenting: No Favours

No Favours = Victoria Skoglund (Audrey, Mire Kay) + Anna Jonsson (Kamikatze) and their friend Stefan Holmberg on bass. Look for their debut self-titled album to be released this fall via //.

The return of Kvalität

Kvalität is back up and running with a new website and a new live clip from Stockholm punk/funk act Munnen:
RIYL Black Eyes.