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MATW - Discography

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Cheap Tragedies Volume 1: Souvenirs and Evidence LP

Following hot on the heels of 7"s on Livewire Records and High Anxiety 416/ No Idea Records, Cheap Tragedies waste no time in dropping an absolute rager of an LP. Comprised of some well-seasoned clevo vets, including a maniacal Tony Erba delivering his best vocal performance ever, they tear through 12 tracks of amped up, hardcore punk rock n roll on their debut Volume 1: Souvenirs and Evidence the way only Cleveland miscreants can. Recorded by Bill Korecky at Mars Studio (Face Value, Integrity, 9 Shocks Terror, Terror, etc), the sound is incendiary and justifies their reputation as "hardcore arena rock destroyers"

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Battletorn Terminal Dawn

Mad at the World's favorite thrash duo return with what appears to be the final chapter in the life of their beloved mascot Tungar, and with "Terminal Dawn," he goes down in flames! Battletorn crank the brutality up higher with their apocalyptic thrash; filtering some early 80's hardcore fury through thrash metal unruliness via Marshall stacks. They blast through 16 shattering songs that recall late 80's UK Earache Records acts as it does some Negative FX/ early D.R.I. style hardcore mania. All packaged in a gatefold LP, hand-numbered and limited to 500 copies.

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Misguided Fuggets 1981 - '84 CD

One of the original “NY Thrash” bands, the Misguided, along with HEARTATTACK, THE FALSE PROPHETS, and THE MOB, were amongst the first generation of NY hardcore. This retrospective of studio, demo, and live material bears witness to that exciting, restless, and sometimes awkward time after the punk explosion in NY when kids forged their own sound with only the “loud, fast rules!” ethic as their blueprint. Refreshingly absent is the metal crunch that characterized later generations of NYHC. Influenced by the Dead Boys or the Jam, the Misguided took some cues from the DC bands of the time, stripped that sound down to its elements and injected it with a momentum and vigor almost bursting at the seams. Many people the world over front on that NYHC ’81 sound; listen here for yourself. Includes members that later formed influential SST Records’ proto-grunge act DAS DAMEN.

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the Arsons Too True to Be Good CD

"Too True to Be Good" marks Ernie Parada's highly anticipated return to playing guitars and contributing heavily to vocal duties for the Arsons, as well as the Arsons second full length for Mad at the World. Hardcore enthusiasts will note that the Arsons' last album, "Bridges Down," was the first recorded material featuring Ernie on drums since his days in TOKEN ENTRY. The Arsons continue to pack a melodic hardcore punch in a similar style to the one Ernie and co-conspirator Jason made popular with their last band GREY AREA. The band's signature guitar hooks and vocal melodies collide with an uncontainable energy and vigor that belies their collective experience. "Too True to be Good" serves as a refreshing reminder that melodic punk doesn't need an "emo" tag; not terribly surprising considering that members of the Arsons helped set the standard for the genre with their past bands, and led the BOUNCING SOULS' Bryan Kienlen to say, "Ernie Parada is a genius. Everything he does is better than everything I and everyone else I know does..."

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Battletorn Burn Fast 7"

Battletorn erupted onto the NYC music scene with a bash 'n crash hardcore sound and a take-no-prisoners attitude. Although they started as a guitar/ drums/ vocals 3 piece, and recently slimmed down to a two piece attack, they make the most of their minimalist line-up with a full on wall of noise sound. They've got a classic, ragged hardcore sound. Battletorn will bring their one-two punch of a live show anywhere-- hardcore shows, metal shows, rock shows, and even hipster-indie shows, leaving many an audience member with dropped jaws at the near riotous response they often get. This 7" follows up a recent LP on Troubleman Records.

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Major Conflict Sounds Like 1983 CD

Just short of a half- hour long glimpse into the wild and reckless world of early 1980’s New York hardcore. As fellow travelers Urban Waste dissolved following the release of their now classic EP, three quarters of that band, including original UW singer Billy Phillips, teamed up with other local hoods to form Major Conflict, then a veritable supergroup of NYHC. Destined to have become a classic were it not for the whirlwind speed with which they burst on the scene and left it, this record gives a detailed retrospective of Queens-style hardcore, and includes the band’s unreleased studio recording featuring Kraut’s Johnny Feedback on drums.

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Out Cold Goodbye Cruel World LP

As long terms fans of Out Cold, Mad at the World is happy to release Out Cold’s sixth full length studio album. Since the late 1980’s, Out Cold has ploughed their way through white knuckled hardcore with bulldozing precision. Out Cold’s abysmally bad attitude propels them through this album of frantically desperate, warp-speed punk, just the kind of hardcore punk legions of Out Cold enthusiasts have come to expect.

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Deride LP

Thrashy Japanese hardcore with a lightfooted speed and rousing grit rarely found among their stateside brethren. For fans of whirlwind Japanese rock like OAC, GISM, Assfort…

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9 Shocks Terror s/t CDep/ DVD

A limited CD/ DVD package containing 9 Shocks Terror's songs from the split LP with Out Cold (which was subsequently scrapped and released on 7" format), and a complete DVD (worldwide territory) of live appearances by the band in Cleveland, Boston, LA, and more by one of the spearheads of the current thrashy hardcore punk scene. Blisteringly volatile hardcore thrash with the band's hallmark Japanese hardcore influences and heavy Motorhead- style bombast.

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the Arsons Bridges Down CD

The second album from this New York hardcore band comprised of ex-members of GREY AREA, IN YOUR FACE, TOKEN ENTRY, WARZONE, BLACK TRAIN JACK, and others. An uncompromising album of powerful HC punk that operates on passion as much as on amps and electricity, as the band ceases trying to capture a sound, and simply becomes one.

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Nihilistics s/t LP

Re-release of this seminal New York hardcore punk band's debut album pressed onto vinyl. The Nihilistics originally hailed from Long Island, but gigged around Manhatten in clubs like A7, CBGB's and the Mudd Club, and appeared on the legendary New York Thrash compilation with THE BEASTIE BOYS, THE MAD, and THE BAD BRAINS. Through their wild live shows, they developed a reputation as one of the most damaged and misanthropic bands in New York City.

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Battletorn Terminal Dawn

Terminal Dawn

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Urban Waste s/t 12"

A re-issue of the sole EP by one of the most sought after and enigmatic bands from the earliest days of New York hardcore. Despite the obscurity of the original release, Urban Waste was made famous through their signature style of blown-out, over the top hardcore punk replete with trademark menacing buzzsaw guitars and piercing vocals.

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MATW - 05

the Bad Form Lights Out 7"

The debut disk of a maniacial whirwind of rock n roll madness from this NJ band. Followed up by an appearance on TMU's "Troubleman Mix Tape" and an EP on the Youth Attack label. Too well versed in early hardcore and dissonant no wave to be able to be called a "garage rock" band in good faith.

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Trenchcoat Army 7"

The debut 7" by New York City's Trenchcoat Army serves you a dose of raw hardcore punk in the "loud fast rules!" tradition. The Line up features Wendy and Don, editors of the seminal New York magazine Guillotine (with roots as far back as 1982), and Jesse (formerly in NO CONTEST, went on to SOMETHING IN THE WATER) providing the vocals. It goes for that early 80's sound and actually has members that were around then. Jesse left the band shortly after this recording, which led, in part, to this release being limited to 500 copies.

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Panopticon New Land of Reason7"

The sole release by the band that preceded THE BAD FORM, featuring Jared and Dan on guitar and drums respectively, and the enigmatic Johnny B on vocals. The sessions that produced this disk are the results of a pre-occupation with violence, surrealism, and jarring music that lay bare a deep affinity for thrashy punk. Lazy reggae crashes headlong into an apocalyptic car wreck of blitz speed punk.

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Positron 7"

Members of New York bands THE MALADJUSTED and AWKWARD THOUGHT join together for a short-lived side project whose goal was to belt out some hardcore punk in the New York City tradition that lies somewhere between the mid to the late 1980's. MURPHY'S LAW, WARZONE, and SIDE BY SIDE all come to mind as point of reference.

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No Contest Where Do We Go From Here 7"

The leftover copies (300 in total) of this record taken from its initial Slaughterhouse Records release. Pressed in a limited quantity, and receiving unfortunate distribution before Slaughterhouse folded, a number of these never made it in to covers. New, slightly different covers were made for this release; 7 songs of negative hardcore from a band whose fond moniker was the (aptly titled) New Jersey Asshole Brigade. Singer Jesse went on to front SOMETHING IN THE WATER.

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new releases

  • Token Entry
  • From Beneath the Streets LP
  • MATW is proud to reissue a record that needs no introduction. By the time Token Entry released ‚ÄúFrom Beneath the Streets‚ÄĚ in 1987 on Kevin Seconds' Positive Force label, they were already one of NYHC's most beloved bands. Having existed in a slightly different incarnation as Gilligan's Revenge in the early half of the 1980's, Token Entry were comprised of scene vets from NY's hardcore-rich borough of Queens. One of the few NYHC bands of that era that managed to tour extensively, they were notorious for their high-energy shows and their lack of patience for tough-guy posturing. No account of late 80's, CBGB-matinee era NYHC is complete without this album. The present reissue makes From Beneath The Streets available on vinyl for the first time since the late 90's, complete with faithful reproductions of the original covers and inserts, as well as a digital download card. OUT SOON!

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  • Altered Boys
  • Left Behind b/w Choosing Sides 7"
  • In the spring of 2013, New Jersey's Altered Boys quickly followed up their debut 7"s on Katorga Works and Deranged with a two-song cassette on NJ cassette label Bleeding Edges. It was limited to 250 copies and sold out quickly. But damn was this a good package: incredible artwork and two bona-fide ragers-- a mid paced stomper on side A and a fast thrasher on side B. It begged to be released on vinyl-- or at least we thought so. We're happy to give it the vinyl treatment with a one time pressing of 500 copies. If you're not already familiar with Altered Boys, they play a raw and vigorous style of hardcore that recalls the period of the early 2000's when the likes of Tear it Up and Shark Attack sped things up and reinjected a healthy dose of punk into your hardcore.

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  • Pagan Rituals
  • Hallowed Ground 7"
  • Made up of ex-members of early 00's hardcore punk luminaries like Tear it Up, Dead Nation (three-quarters of P.R. played on the now-classic "Dead End" LP, for those who pay attention to these things), and Splitting Headache, Pagan Rituals dial up the reverb and feedback on their debut 7". The result is noisy and cavernous punk, drawing on the likes of Rudimentary Peni, Amebix, Rikk Agnew's guitar work in Christian Death, and Killing Joke. It's dark and distorted, goth-y but aggressive, and the opening salvo in a slew of music we'll be hearing from these folks.

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