everyone has one, an opinion and the internet access to share it. aka top 10 of 2012. so here goes ours. in no particular order:
NEUROSIS - HONOR FOUND IN DECAY
obviously. i wanted this so bad i bought it on CD. when the vinyl drops next year it will go on my 2013 list as well. i don't know the last time my CD player saw this much action. spun this so many times i'm afraid it's going to burn up the motor.
TRAGEDY - DARKER DAYS AHEAD
the first few years of tragedy's existence i would pick up every new 7" hoping to like it as much as his hero is gone and never did. when i saw this i grabbed it for the sake of consistency. made me go back and re-listen to all their old stuff and it's totally changed my mind. everything they ever recorded fucking slays.
HOAX - three 7"s
so i guess they have 3 EPs? i'm not exactly sure the dates on them but i picked up all three over the course of the year and any of them could make the list easily regardless of date.
ROT IN HELL / VEGAS - SPLIT 6"
exactly what you'd expect from both of them and i think that's the best compliment i could possibly give it. another obvious one here. i wish it was 1 to 6 inches longer.
COLUMN OF HEAVEN - MISSION FROM GOD
i feel super fortunate to have worked on this project. when andrew first emailed me the tracks i knew it would be on my 10 whether we were able to work together or not.
OAK - SILENT SPRING
this was in with a box of tapes chris from prairie fire/dub ditch picnic sent me and i'm really glad he did because i otherwise might not have heard or heard of this one. if there isn't already talk of giving this the vinyl treatment there should be.
YOUNG AND IN THE WAY - live/2x12"
i don't know if they even had anything new come out in 2012. they're just that good. i guess the 2LP of their stuff from 2010 and 2011 came out this year. and i know the 2nd press of their torch runner split 7" is coming up. did the first press come out in 2012? either way, top 10.
SUTEKH HEXEN - BEHIND THE THRONE
wait, did the empyraisch 12" come out this year too? in that case its a tie.
INTEGRITY / GEHENNA - SPLIT 7"
another obvious one.
IRON LUNG / THE PROCESS - SPLIT 7"
i guess this is a re-release of the same split from 2007. but it's new to me and i've already almost worn out the grooves. best song the process ever recorded.
HORDERS - FIMBULVETR
i'm not enough of an egoist to put my own album on a top 10. but it was really exciting and meant a lot to me to have this album see the light of day. so even just as a personal experience, this was a big one for me for 2012.
Friday, December 14, 2012
Friday, December 7, 2012
mentioned previously how some sisster ssound releases were now available from 7 DEGREES in germany. just got a mess of records from them in the mail. including the 12" vinyl version of the STANDING ON A FLOOR OF BODIES "sacrilegious and culturally deficient" album that sisster ssound did the cassettes of. thanks simon.
Sunday, December 2, 2012
the HORDERS 'fimbulvetr' LP is available now in full for stream and/or download at horders.bandcamp.com. cassettes are now sold out, but the vinyl is still available in the GIVE UP STORE. as well as DOMY BOOKS, END OF AN EAR, and VINYL EDGE in houston and austin, respectively. and direct from FEAST OF TENTACLES in the uk of course.
in sisster distribution news, BLACK COFFEE, STANDING ON A FLOOR OF BODIES, AND RVEVV cassettes are now also being stocked at DOMY BOOKS, END OF AN EAR, and VINYL EDGE. as well as being available now from 7 DEGREES in germany, PRAIRIE FIRE TAPES in canada, and CRUCIAL BLAST in maryland.
on the design front, we're currently working on the art and layout for the upcoming STANDING ON A FLOOR OF BODIES/MAN AMONG WOLVES split 10", the ROT IN HELL "ruined empire" LP, and the second 7" from BLACK COFFEE. plus a couple of others its still a little too early to comment on. more soon.
Monday, November 26, 2012
chris from PRAIRIE FIRE TAPES (responsible for the HORDERS 'fimbulvetr' cassette and the PINK PRIEST split cassette, among others) and DUB DITCH PICNIC, respectively, just sent me a whole mess of new tapes. heavy digestion to ensue here. thanks chris. find out more about these and others at his sites HERE and HERE.
Sunday, November 25, 2012
BREAK TIME just released a video, shot entirely with VHS recorders, for their song "pony tail" from the now out of print tape on SISSTER SSOUND. physical copies of the cassette are long gone, but you can still download this and the rest of the songs off their bandcamp page HERE.
Sunday, November 18, 2012
Tuesday, November 13, 2012
been on pretty heavy rotation the past handful of months. picked up 'luciform' first, and the others as i stumbled across them. a little late to the party i'm sure. slept too hard on the first pressing of the 'shadows' 7" and missed the boat. i'm aware of a handful of other 7"s and cassettes, but a little reluctant to go down the google/discogs rabbit hole as it will probably just hurt my feelings. if anyone has anything other than those pictured here and are interested in trading message me at email@example.com.
Saturday, November 10, 2012
pretty clever marketing. especially considering most people will probably just rip this (or any other record) off the internet anyway. i liked "prowler..." a lot. and i liked "terrifier". by the time "phantom limb" came out it didn't really hit so hard for me, so i wasn't sure exactly what to expect with this one. gave it a spin and i'm kind of feeling it. a little different. made me go back and listen to a few tracks off "phantom limb" again to kind of get a feel for the progression. which ultimately made me appreciate both that and this a little more.
Wednesday, October 17, 2012
Friday, October 12, 2012
did some lettering for MINE and their new label CULT CULTURE recently and just got these tapes and shirts with the respective efforts in the mail. pretty elaborate packaging going on here with the folded corrugated cardboard box and stenciling. cassette cover photo by the homey mike jensen. thanks chris.
Monday, September 24, 2012
the second endeavor for SISSTER SSOUND with the UK's drone master RVEVV. this time coming as a split label release from his own private imprint STRIVVE RECORDINGS. this MMXII cassette picks up right where the MMXI tape left off. with the previous being more a collection of tracks never released in a physical form, this most recent cassette is a calculated, cohesive unit. with one song flowing seamlessly into the next, leading down a sonic path of despair. delivering 8 tracks in just under 40 minutes, RVEVV's 'MMXII' builds mammoth guitar rooted walls of sound, all contained in digestible spans. interspersed with minimal samples, field recordings and harsh noise, without ever losing the underlying melody not present in many offerings within the genre.
strictly limited to 60 copies, with 30 on red shells for US distribution, 30 on grey for the UK. each cassette comes housed in a full color jcard with b&w back designed by GIVE UP, along with a second black on black over-cover card with a cut out window.
available NOW in the GIVE UP STORE, coming soon to the SISSTER STORE.
stream at STRIVVE RECORDINGS.
just wrapped up these shirts for BLACK COFFEE. using the same art from the SISSTER SSOUND cassette/DEATH EXCLAMATIONS 7" release. pro printed using plastisol ink on regular fit, heavyweight, 100% cotton tshirts. limited availability up now in the GIVE UP store, coming soon to the SISSTER store.
Monday, September 10, 2012
Tuesday, September 4, 2012
Monday, September 3, 2012
the 6th official release from sissterssound - STANDING ON A FLOOR OF BODIES' "sacrilegious & culturally deficient" cassette. two headed bay area grind assault from mike and bunny stitches. brutal, disgusting, and apocalyptic. featuring a guest spot by pete pontikoff of BENUMB. 14 songs in just over 16 minutes with the program repeating on both sides.
package includes a 17"x11" two-sided fold out poster, full color jcards, and pro-dubbed imprinted cassettes, all designed and laid out by mike stitches. housed in sealed black plastic "body bags". strictly limited to 100.
available NOW in the sisster STORE.
Friday, August 17, 2012
Sunday, August 12, 2012
Wednesday, August 8, 2012
new TXHC band featuring members of older TXHC bands playing even older sounding music. somewhere in the vein of early DC hardcore mixed with negative approach, while still maintaining an independent voice and keeping current. somehow more punk even if that makes sense at all. engineered by william hesser, who over a handful of recent years has become the houston recording go-to guy, BLACK COFFEE features members that have served time in such previous acts as the burden, your mistake, and street dogs, to name a few. this cassette version is released by SISSTER SSOUND (SS007) in a limited edition of 80 to go along with the DEATH EXCLAMATIONS release of the 7" vinyl. cassette features the same 6 songs as the vinyl (five originals and a cover), but also includes a bonus live song not featured on the 7". all art and layout by GIVE UP. available NOW in the sissterssound WEBSTORE.
when mike finger asked me to do a poster for GROWN FEST 6 it wasn't a thing i could really turn down. already had the skeleton together from a previous poster that didn't pan out. so i was able to re-scan my original elements and knock this one out pretty quick. leave anything you can't see broken at home for this one, check your glasses at the door.
Friday, August 3, 2012
recently finished the art/layout for the new COLUMN OF HEAVEN lp from SPHC. couldn't be happier with the final product or the opportunity to work with these guys. features members of THE ENDLESS BLOCKADE, mixing grind/power violence/hardcore with elements of noise and sound manipulation and samples. album of the year. listen to COLUMN OF HEAVEN HERE. buy this record from sissterssound HERE.