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SLF022 :: BARDUS - Stella Porta

April 1st 2016 · Solar Flare Records · CD, Digital


"If the Melvins, Eyehategod, Unsane, and Queens of the Stone Age all somehow co-fathered some ungodly offspring “ has been written by Metalsucks as an accurate description of what Bardus sounds like.

Formed in 2011 in Philadelphia, PA, Bardus has been daring listeners to define their sound, which has been described as “genre-defying impetuosity” by Heavy Planet. Citing heavy, sludgy, groove, psychedelia, noise rock influences, Bardus continues to challenge listeners.

Following their debut full length “Solus” self released in 2013, Bardus has been creating a name for themselves through DIY touring and playing support for national acts. Bardus was chosen by Metalsucks to take part in their collaboration with Converse Rubber Tracks in 2014 which helped them reach more people ears.

Continued touring and support has brought them to where they’re at today. Through their hard hitting style of music, Bardus has continued to develop a sound of their own and it can be heard on their newest full length, Stella Porta, which will be released on Solar Flare Records.

Bardus is…
Justin Tuck: Guitar/Vocals
Kyle Pierce: Drums
Ari Rosenberg: Bass"

1st press : 500 CDs

SLF021 :: SOFY MAJOR - Waste

October 30th 2015 · Solar Flare Records · 12" LP, CD, Digital


"From the post-industrial wilderness of Clermont-Ferrand, France’s violently addictive hardcore-soaked noise rock outfit, SOFY MAJOR, has completed their third LP “Waste”.

With just under forty-two minutes of new material, Waste undoubtedly sees SOFY MAJOR charting new boundaries, and at a more relaxed pace. While not shying away from their rampant outbursts completely, the raging appears more subdued, with slightly more melodious sensibilities enveloping its delivery.

The grimy Unsane/Harvey Milk/Hammerhead-influenced Big-Muff sonic core of the band’s delivery is here fused to a rocked-out underbelly analogous to the output of Coliseum, Rising, Floor, and the like. Calling once again upon their trusted engineer team, SOFY MAJOR enlisted Dave Curran (Unsane, Pigs, Big Business) to produce Waste, this time on home turf to avoid hurricanes, recording the album at Black Box Studio in France. The output was then mixed by Andrew Schneider (Pigs, Julie Christmas, Unsane) at Translator Audio in Brooklyn and mastered by Carl Saff at Saff Mastering."

1st press : 300 black vinyls, 200 marble orange & black vinyls, 500 CDs

SLF020 :: PIGS - Wronger

October 2nd 2015 · Solar Flare Records · 12" LP, CD, Digital


"When Unsane bassist Dave Curran started writing songs on guitar with drummer Jim Paradise (Player’s Club, Freshkills, Hellno) the name they tossed out for their fledgling project was simple: PIGS. “We figured it was short enough that press and promoters couldn’t fuck it up.” Producer Andrew Schneider (Cave In, Converge, Made Out of Babies, Unsane, Keelhaul) was invited to fill-in on bass for a couple of shows and, much to their delight, has refused to leave.

The sound? PIGS sound like the last forty-five minutes of that interminable haul from Portland to San Francisco when both patience and air conditioning are long gone; like a petty, early-morning drunken argument in a gravel parking lot about the stupid, impossible math of how to divide forty-one dollars three ways; like when the left rear bearing on the van that’s been squealing and then grinding for days finally gets hot enough to weld itself into the axle and the ancient Detroit Deathtrap grates to a final, shuddering halt. Pigs sound like three guys who have played countless shows in many bands for a couple of decades in several dozen countries and still can’t leave it alone.

Wronger is Pigs second album, to be released on September 29th.

Dave Curran: Guitar, Vocals
Andrew Schneider: Bass, Vocals
Jim Paradise: Drums

are Pigs"

1st press : 300 black vinyls, 400 marble (transparent orange / black), 500 CDs

SLF019 :: WATERTANK - Destination Unknown

June 29th 2015 · Solar Flare Records · 12" LP, CD, Digital


"Two years after their first release, Watertank are back with “Destination Unknown”, a 9­ song full length (a little less than 35 minutes), composed and recorded on a unusual short notice, revealing a more confident band through strongly crafted songs.

The Nantes ­based band are still in love with melodic hooks, and down­tuned heavy riffing (“Dcvr” / “Doomed Drifters”), evolving from their post­hardcore background (“Contrails”) to explore new territories (“Scheme” / “Destination Unknown”), they aim to deliver a lasting listening enjoyment.

Once again recorded by Patrice Guillerme (Papier Tigre / Patriotic Sunday) and mastered by Carl Saff (Coliseum / Pilot To Gunner), “Destination Unknown” marks a step forwards for the renewed line­up (who took part of last year Hellfest edition), gearing up for a few dates with Torche in 2015.

If you’re into Torche, Quicksand and Failure, Watertank will be for you."

300 black vinyls, 100 CDs

SLF018 :: FASHION WEEK - Prêt-à-Porter

February 23rd 2015 · Solar Flare Records · 12" LP, CD, Digital


"Fashion Week is an American rock band that was formed by singer/guitarist Joshua Lozano and Bassist Oscar Rodriguez in Brooklyn, New York in 1987. Fashion Week went through a succession of drummers, the longest-lasting being Carl Eklof, who joined the band in 1990, after the disbanding of DC hardcore legends “Shout”.

In the late 1980s Fashion Week established itself as part of the New York noise scene, releasing its first album Clorox for the independent record label Under Pop in 1989. The band eventually came to develop a sound that relied on dynamic contrasts, often between pummeling verses and loud, catchy choruses. After signing to major label David Muffin Records, Fashion Week found unexpected success with “Smells Like Old Spice”, the first single from the band’s second album Fuhgeddaboudit (1991). Fashion Week’s sudden success widely popularized alternative rock as a whole, and as the band’s frontman Lozano found himself referred to in the media as the “spokesman of a generation”, with Fashion Week being considered the “flagship band” of Generation X. Fashion Week’s third studio album In Uterus (1993), challenged the group’s audience, featuring an abrasive, less-mainstream sound.

Fashion Week’s brief run ended following the death of Josh Lozano in 1994, but various posthumous releases have been issued since, overseen by Rodriguez, Eklof, and Lozano’s widow Catherine Lust. Since its debut, the band has sold over 25 million albums in the United States alone, and over 50 million worldwide. Eklof went on to form the highly acclaimed “Food Fighters”, and Rodriguez has pursued a career in politics, and wedding crashing.

FASHION WEEK are : Josh Lozano (Jarboe, Cobalt, Family), Carl Eklof (Victory at Sea, Lidia Stone, Inswarm), Oscar Albis Rodriguez (A Great Big World, No Way, Nakatomi Plaza)"

300 black vinyls, 100 CDs

SLF017 :: PORD - Wild

September 8th 2014 · Solar Flare Records · 12" LP, CD, Digital


"PORD started out as a trio in 2002 in the darkest depths of the Lozère / France. The three-piece’s output evolved very quickly toward something much rougher and wilder, a powerful brand of noise rock reminiscent of reference bands such as DAZZLING KILLMEN, KEELHAUL, or CRAW.

A blend of complexly structured compositions with the throbbing and hypnotic undertow that the trio is so fond of, along with a sometimes heavy and powerful, sometimes twisted rhythmic section, backed by incredibly tortured vocals.

In March 2014, they recorded a new album with Serge Morattel at Rec Studio in Geneva (Knut, Tantrum, Ventura, Basement…). “WILD” shows a renewed musical evolution, with Pord’s typical raging sound coupled with a hint of rock and roll on a number of songs. With a faster pace and precise execution, their taut and aggressive delivery remains intact throughout. The vocals also evolve toward a more rasping, primitive and offbeat rendering of cruder and increasingly straightforward lyrics."

200 swamp green w/ white splatters, 300 black, 100 CDs

SLF016 :: AMERICAN HERITAGE - Prolapse

November 24th 2014 · Solar Flare Records · 12" LP, CD, Digital


"Since 1996, AMERICAN HERITAGE has relentlessly dispatched their ripping concoction of technical, mangled metal/hardcore backed with their cynical, lowbrow music and human relations, both on record and on the stage. Their most recent Sedentary album, recorded while the lineup was void of a full-time bassist, included guest contributions on each track, involving their partners in crime, collectively hailing from Sulaco, Murder Construct, Exhumed, D.I.S., Fight Amp, Nachtmystium, Buried At Sea, Mastodon and countless others.
Following the departure of original guitarist Andrei Cabanban back in 2002, through a continually revolving array of bassists, AMERICAN HERITAGE has been steadily comprised of drummer Mike Duffy, vocalist/guitarist Adam Norden and guitarist Scott Shellhamer, and for the past several years, completed by bassist Erik Bocek. This lineup raided SOMA Studios in March of this year with producer Sanford Parker, with additional recording by Che Arthur and Mike Lust, to record their sixth full-length, Prolapse. Once the caustic madness of the bruising album was recorded, Parker mixed the final product, the thirty-three minute album displaying some of the band’s most diverse material to date. After the recording of Prolapse, core member Adam Norden left the band, and after eighteen years of abuse and racket, this move makes it foreseeable that this will be the final album from AMERICAN HERITAGE."

200 A Side / B Side (grey and baby pink), 300 black, 100 CDs

SLF015 :: THE GREAT SABATINI - Dog Years

June 2nd 2014 · Solar Flare Records · 12" LP, Digital


"Dog Years is The Great sabatini’s third full length album. It was recorded, mixed and mastered by Sean Pearson (Cursed, Shallow North Dakota), and uses a raw, un-polished approach to capture a band with years of accumulated experience touring, writing and recording together. The aim was to create a hi fi document with all of their lo fi sensibilities, grit and live energy intact.
With the songs, the band strives to bring more focus and muscularity to their ideas… to reign in their use of musical devices and create a series of pieces that each expressed some facet of their sonic personality as a band, without wasting too much time, or bogging down the compositions with too many needless bells and whistles.
Each song has a different story to tell, musically and lyrically, so the band hopes to leave listeners with a diverse set of tunes that reveal nuances inside the noise and grime with each listen.
Having said that, the weight of every riff, the conviction behind every note, is the thread used to sew it all together. Every tune should represent the balance of precision playing and sonic pummel which they strive for. They want to move people. Not just the heshers who worship the almighty riff, but the folks out there with ears tuned to different marriages of sound."

300 black, 200 transparent red

SLF014 :: HOMBRE MALO / SOFY MAJOR - Split

March 21st 2014 · Solar Flare Records · 7" Split, Digital


"Winter 2014, French Noise Rock/Power trio SOFY MAJOR and Norwegian noise rockers HOMBRE MALO have just announced a joint tour throughout, France, Spain and Portugal.

As a perfect opportunity to celebrate this tour, Solar Flare Records will release a limited 7” split featuring exclusive tracks from both acts. The release will be available in two colours, black (150 units) and Cyan Blue (100) and will feature a new track from Sofy Major entitled “Vulcanodon”, while Hombre Malo presents us “Elena”.

This is a tour edition, limited to a bunch of copies."

150 black, 100 cyan blue

SLF013 :: STUNTMAN - Incorporate The Excess

January 13rd 2014 · Solar Flare Records · 12" LP, Digital


"France’s damage-dealers Solar Flare Records today dispatches Incorporate The Excess, the third LP from their countrymates, hardcore noisegrinder terrorists, STUNTMAN.
Autumn 2002, ‘chaotic noise hardcore’ is giving its quit due to its Legends’ ends. At Sète, in south of France, STUNTMAN concrete his musical past with his 4 members and gives a rebirth of this defunct kind. The combo, with his many line up changes, delivers their energy and hatred on a considerable discography (two albums, an EP, a split and a dozen compilations appearances) also on more than 150 shows and more than 5 tours in Europe; some with bands like Coalesce, Russian Circles, Jucifer, Genghis Tron, Child Abuse, Kongh or Mumakil. Their new album “Incorporate The Excess” will be released on three different labels on CD, LP and tape on January 2014."

150 clear, 150 clear w/ rainbow splatters

SLF012 :: CARNE - Ville Morgue

November 15th 2013 · Solar Flare Records, Nooirax, No Way Asso · 12" LP, Digital


"Carne comes back this year with a new album, Ville Morgue, their first long play on Solar Flare Records.
Since then, the duo from Lyon (France) refined their noisy blend of sludge. Used to hammering mid tempo riffage backed by savagely pounding drums, the duo also at times feeds on roaring and filthy blastbeats.. The guitarist vocals, rugged and pushed to their extremes, rushes on these blackened assaults, taking full magnitude live when fueled by an insane amount of cranked amps.
Throughout these ten tracks the duo elaborates a very strong tumor concentrate mixed with large quantities of beer. Born a Taurus, the duo bears the sign of the Great Weirdo and when they finally let go of all that restrained violence in more tormented divagations, it is only to come back with more tension in a relentless load.
The collaboration with Marion (Overmars / Abronzius) on Slave/her opens a new dimension in Carne’s approach and gives way to other participations of the same type in the next future. Ville Morgue reaffirms Carne’s identity and shows a new step in its continual evolution, a methodical research of darkness and intensity that they already express communicatively live. Carne sings about everyday life, boredom, cities, alternatives and procrastination."

300 black

SLF011 :: PIGS - Gaffe

October 25th 2013 · Solar Flare Records · 10" LP, CD


"GAFFE is american Noise Rock power trio PIGS’s first EP. To be released on 15th October 2013 as a tour edition record.
PIGS, the New York City group that includes Dave Curran from Unsane, Jim Paradise from Player’s Club, Freshkills and Hellno and renowned producer Andrew Schneider (Cave In, Converge, Made Out of Babies, Unsane, Keelhaul) will release their new EP Gaffe on October 15th via Solar Flare Records.
Gaffe serves as a stop-gap release between the band’s acclaimed debut album You Ruin Everything and their forthcoming sophomore effort, still in the works, and also serves to celebrate their imminent European tour along with label mates Sofy Major.
Featuring three new tracks, Gaffe, is simple and pure, showcasing a more relaxed approach than You Ruin Everything, but still retaining the dirtiness of noise rock and the sludge heaviness masterfully explored on their debut album.
Essentially, Gaffe is another positive step forward in evolution of the already respected collective known as Pigs."

250 black, 250 solid red

SLF010 :: SOFY MAJOR - Idolize

May 31st 2013 · Solar Flare Records · 12" LP, CD Digipack, Digital


"In the Autumn of 2012 SOFY MAJOR transports to the Northeastern North American quadrant, bent on hammering out their new opus at renowned Brooklyn-based studio Translator Audio with producer Andrew Schneider (Unsane, Keelhaul, Cave In, etc.) as well as to embark on their first US tour. As luck would have it, they arrived in town at the same time Hurricane Sandy moved in. The loss is 100% -- the entire studio flooded beyond repair, and all equipment in the studio including the band’s gear left swimming. The trio bummed around the borough for a few days, hooking up with cohort and labelmate Dave Curran (Unsane, Pigs), who helped set up the sessions they crossed the globe to carry out. The band eventually recorded with Schneider at Brooklyn-based Seaside Lounge and Spaceman Sound studios, and had it mastered by Carl Saff at Saff Mastering, the band then immediately taking to the road on a delayed but steadfast American tour."

200 black, 150 opaque w/ haze (bone & bronze), A Side / B Side (bone & beer), 5 testpressings

SLF009 :: WATERTANK - Sleepwalk

April 27th 2013 · Solar Flare Records · 12" LP, Digital


"«Sleepwalk» celebrates the 10th anniversary of french band Watertank and in the same time their debut album, 10 years of partial activity, half asleep, half walking. A three years process, through line-up moves and questionings, "Sleepwalk" delivers songs driven by a more melodic feeling, while preserving a heavy sound.
As a logical result of what had been glimpsed in the previous record “Fairy Crimes” (2009), the formula has been perfected, and it feels like they found their way (not an easy thing when you’re asleep). From doom vibes to 90’s post hardcore influences, including Christmas carols and prog rock style rip-off, the band doesn’t seem to fit under any particular category, focused on keeping things straight to the point with a melodic twist.
Watertank is sincerely delighted to finally share those fresh “right in the nuts” compositions, like Tears For Fears wearing wife-beaters instead of turtleneck pullovers."

250 black, 5 testpressings

SLF008 :: AMERICAN HERITAGE - Sedentary

November 27th 2012 · Solar Flare Records, Prototype Records · 12" LP, Digital


"The Chicago quartet’s new album steamrolls the senses with brash polyrhythmic riffs, vitriolic punk attitude and destructive seasick rhythms. “Sickening Rebellion” rolls with a calculated hardcore intensity, while “WWDHD” mounts from chugging ominous distortion into an epic metallic explosion. American Heritage—Adam Norden [Vocals/Guitar], Scott Shellhamer [Guitar], Mike Duffy [Drums], Erik Bocek [Bass]—preserve the abrasive amalgam of technicality and brutality they’re known for, while refining it. Picking up where they left off on 2006′s critically acclaimed Millenarian, the band began building what would become Sedentary in 2008. Duffy would travel from Georgia to Illinois to write and record with Shellhamer and Norden during sporadic but fruitful creative sessions. “It’s more punk than our last record,” declares Shellhamer. “Rather than nitpicking parts, we rolled with the songs. If we were feeling it, we just did it.”
You’ll feel the sonic gut punch of songs like “City of God” and “Sickening Rebellion,” which bruise, batter and bludgeon brilliantly. Without a full-time bass player during recording (Bocek joined the band post-recording), the band collaborated with a different musician for each song’s bass track. On the incendiary and invasive “Fetal Attraction,” Mastodon’s Bill Kelliher provides bass, a guitar solo and a little personal flare. Shellhamer laughs, “He does that ‘Eat my fuck’ thing at the end of the song. He went way overboard with the bass and guitar solo, and it was ripping.”"

200 black, 100 Half / Half (yellow & brown), 5 testpressings

SLF007 :: PIGS - You Ruin Everything

April 11st 2012 · Solar Flare Records · 12" LP, CD, Digital


"When Unsane bassist Dave Curran started writing songs on guitar with drummer Jim Paradise (Player’s Club, Freshkills, Hellno) the name they tossed out for their fledgling project was simple: PIGS. “We figured it was short enough that press and promoters couldn’t fuck it up.” Producer Andrew Schneider (Cave In, Converge, Made Out of Babies, Unsane, Keelhaul) was invited to fill-in on bass for a couple of shows and, much to their delight, has refused to leave.
The sound? PIGS sound like the last forty-five minutes of that interminable haul from Portland to San Francisco when both patience and air conditioning are long gone; like a petty, early-morning drunken argument in a gravel parking lot about the stupid, impossible math of how to divide forty-one dollars three ways; like when the left rear bearing on the van that’s been squealing and then grinding for days finally gets hot enough to weld itself into the axle and the ancient Detroit Deathtrap grates to a final, shuddering halt. Pigs sound like three guys who have played countless shows in many bands for a couple of decades in several dozen countries and still can’t leave it alone."

300 black, 200 blue w/ brown haze, 200 clear w/ red haze (300 US version, 400 European version), 300 yellow w/ blue marblings, 5 testpressings

SLF006 :: MEMBRANE / SOFY MAJOR - Split

November 27th 2011 · Solar Flare Records, Prototype Records, Basement Apes Ind., Ocinatas Ind., Bigout Records, Impure Muzik · 12" Split, Digital


"And here comes the long-waited split, the artistic collaboration transposing the obvious affiliation between those two bands, but above all, the friendship developed on the road around a sixpack. Sofy Major vs. Membrane ? Let’s say Sofy Major + Membrane. No need to choose sides, or to talk about a confrontation considering the sound impact. Two different AND complementary universes, the same roots but a different approach ; Membrane are the french noise-hardcore veterans. Normal to find a kind of heritage in Sofy Major when they manage to break free to explore other paths, following a daring mix of genres and always effective in the logic of their last album “Permission to Engage”.
In four titles, the trio from Clermont-Ferrand shows once again that the field is wide, mostly destroyed, the power remains the watchword. As a result, without respite, the old school of Vesoul sounds a second charge, in three attacks, with this unstoppable formula where to hit hard and get it right, honesty is the best weapon.
Sofy Major vs. Membrane ? If somebody got to be KO, that’s the listener at the end."

500 clear w/ solid white haze, 5 testpressings

SLF005 :: SOFY MAJOR - Permission To Engage

Novemer 11st 2010 · Solar Flare Records, Prototype Records, Basement Apes Ind., Bigout Records, Atropine Rec. · 12" LP, CD Digipack, Tape, Digital


"Permission to Engage, with no question mark. Because Sofy Major doesn’t ask for. With their debut album, Mathieu Moulin (bass-vocals), Seb Fournet (guitar) and Mathieu Desternes (drums) from Clermont-Fd (FRA) authorize themselves to fire at will. Result is they break many walls between extreme musical styles, to resume in fifty minutes what others have been trying for years.
But it was the least these three hard workers (and not rockers, unless maybe…) could do for their first full length : no way, after several releases going from hardcore to doom and intensive touring over France and Europe, that the band stops a perpetual evolution guided by a DIY work and life ethic. Far beyond anything they’ve done before, Permission to Engage takes Sofy Major to a new step in the band’s career. With this first collaboration with Andrew Schneider (Unsane, Made Out of Babies, Keelhaul, Converge), expect no-prisoners-shows and epic assaults on stage. And the charge is just getting started."

500 clear w/ red and black splatters (A & B sides), 500 transparent w/ white and black splatters (C & D sides), 1000 Digipacks, 150 tapes, 5 testpressings

SLF004 :: SOFY MAJOR - 5 Years of Freaks

April 7th 2010 · Solar Flare Records · CD Arigato Pak


"Hardcore noise that isn’t quite black metal, nor doom, but with song titles like “Satan” and “Black Scars,” rest assured there’s enough juju here to shake a stick at. Spliced sound bites and the occasional drone add versatility to this quartet out of France’s first full length. This is an impressive range for a band that’s gone through numerous members and put out such little work. Keep yer eye on ‘em. Recommended."

500 Arigato Paks

SLF003 :: SOFY MAJOR - Maxi

April 4th 2009 · Solar Flare Records, Emergence Records, Communication Is Not Words · 12" Maxi


"Noisy french goodness. Packaged in a screen-printed 12″ gatefold sleeve + screen-printed B side. Noisy French goodness ! The intensity hardly lets up for the entirety of the Maxi, from doom-fueled songs to ambient hits, the 4 tracks create a desolate piece that is both heavingly heavy and hopeless. Some tracks trudge through sludge's swampy waters, while others throw up heavy Rock pieces due to the eclectic breaking of rock rules and formulas. As intelligent as they are intense, Sofy Major have delivered a stun grenade of a debut."

500 black w/ screenprinted B Side, 10 testpressings

SLF002 :: ONE SECOND RIOT / SOFY MAJOR - Split

October 27th 2010 · Solar Flare Records · 10" Split


"The second proper release from Sofy Major. The bands kicks things off right away with three tracks of their "heavy"-esque attack of harsh riffing and frenzied screams accented by churning midpaced surges and subtle hints at melody tucked away amidst all the layering.There’s still a caustic and chaotic edge with lots of changes throughout, but there also seem to be more frequent areas of tangible force that give the listener something to latch onto, and I like that a lot. One Second Riot follows with three tracks of their own, a duo primarily utilizing drums, bass, and vocals - with electronics and samples creeping in on occasion to add additional accents. Songs are a touch slower and longer, but still possess noisy elements and a similar sort of energy. "

500 black, 5 testpressings

SLF001 :: SOFY MAJOR - untitled

March 3rd 2007 · Solar Flare Records · 12" EP


"Ragged screams, pummelled octaves, clattering drums and various other stock tricks are deployed, though the inclusion of some ambient passages and crackling samples-as-background-noise at least make for a more interesting racket than many of the other bands who've helped drive this style into the ground over the years. Solid for what it is !"

500 clear red, 5 testpressings