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CRYPTIC SLAUGHTER “Life in grave + rarities 1985-1987” gatefold LP + book OUT NOW on F.O.A.D. Records!

Posted in Cryptic Slaughter, Releases on June 22nd, 2018 by foadmaster

Summer at FOAD Records breaks out with an incendiary attack of pioneering speedcore Thrash from one of the most influential Crossover bands of all times: CRYPTIC SLAUGHTER!! We are honoured to announce that the 2nd pressing of “Life in grave + rarities 1985/1987” gatefold LP w/ book is OUT NOW. This new edition comes with a green background on the front/back cover, while the 1st press was all in red. Preorders have been all shipped already and the diehard edition on splatter vinyl is completely gone! The regular black one limited to 300 is also running fast, so don’t sleep on it! And beware, next month we’ll have a triple Obscene Extreme special feature with 3 devastating grindcore releases. More infos soon!

Now more in detail about CRYPTIC SLAUGHTER “Life in grave + rarities 1985/1987”:

2nd pressing of this thrashing speedcore classic with blue background  on the cover (the previous pressing was red)! California’s pioneers CRYPTIC SLAUGHTER team up with FOAD Records for an incredible vinyl treasure finally giving the right treatment to their legendary “Life in grave” Demotape 1985 and to an accurate selection of ultra-rare/unreleased recordings ranging from their 3 piece line-up era (1985) to the “Convicted”/”Money talks” days. This release has been in the works for months until we found the top sounding masters in existence and restored them for the best possible audiophile result when pressed on vinyl. Side A includes the band’s Demotape “Life in grave” adding 2 rehearsal tracks from the same period, one is a speeded up HELLHAMMER cover and one is a super-raw version of VENOM‘s “Welcome to hell“. Side B is all focused on the “Convicted”/”Money talks” 4 piece line-up and includes various live recordings and a good sounding rehearsal 1986. All songs here are performed even faster than how they were played on their classic albums.

This is how Goodbadmusic.com introduced “Life in grave”: “1985 was a good year for music – bands like SLAUGHTER, NYC MAYHEM, VOOR, WEHRMACHT, HIRAX, DEATH, REPULSION and CRYPTIC SLAUGHTER amazed me and they still blow me away today! Especially this one here with its youthful urgency, its unpolished power and enthusiasm. And stilistically, this was very refreshing. Could you say whether this is more metal or more HC? Does it matter to you?” Being this one of the most important FOAD releases to date, we also dedicated the right passion to the packaging: a stunning gatefold sleeve and most of all a 36 PAGE zine/booklet stuffed with rare photos, interviews, zine excerpts and gig flyers. If you’re into any kind of fast music be it Thrash, Hardcore, Grind or Power Violence, you are MAD if you miss this!!!!

BLACK VINYL LIMITED TO 300 COPIES

CRYPTIC SLAUGHTER “Life in grave” gatefold LP + booklet (2nd pressing): preorders are OPEN!

Posted in Cryptic Slaughter, Pre Orders, Releases on June 11th, 2018 by foadmaster

As summer comes by, we’re proud to announce the second pressing of one of the most iconic releases in F.O.A.D. history. In 2013 the first vinyl treatment for the groundbreaking 1985 demo “Life in Grave” by California speed freaks Cryptic Slaughter was unleashed and quickly became a collectors’ item. Now, five years later, we’re proud to announce the second coming of that incredible full throttle hardcore maelstrom with a brand new colour pattern! Now, let’s get a bit more in detail with the release:

2nd pressing of this thrashing speedcore classic with blue background  on the cover (the previous pressing was red)! California’s pioneers CRYPTIC SLAUGHTER team up with FOAD Records for an incredible vinyl treasure finally giving the right treatment to their legendary “Life in grave” Demotape 1985 and to an accurate selection of ultra-rare/unreleased recordings ranging from their 3 piece line-up era (1985) to the “Convicted”/”Money talks” days. This release has been in the works for months until we found the top sounding masters in existence and restored them for the best possible audiophile result when pressed on vinyl. Side A includes the band’s Demotape “Life in grave” adding 2 rehearsal tracks from the same period, one is a speeded up HELLHAMMER cover and one is a super-raw version of VENOM‘s “Welcome to hell“. Side B is all focused on the “Convicted”/”Money talks” 4 piece line-up and includes various live recordings and a good sounding rehearsal 1986. All songs here are performed even faster than how they were played on their classic albums.

This is how Goodbadmusic.com introduced “Life in grave”: “1985 was a good year for music – bands like SLAUGHTER, NYC MAYHEM, VOOR, WEHRMACHT, HIRAX, DEATH, REPULSION and CRYPTIC SLAUGHTER amazed me and they still blow me away today! Especially this one here with its youthful urgency, its unpolished power and enthusiasm. And stilistically, this was very refreshing. Could you say whether this is more metal or more HC? Does it matter to you?” Being this one of the most important FOAD releases to date, we also dedicated the right passion to the packaging: a stunning gatefold sleeve and most of all a 36 PAGE zine/booklet stuffed with rare photos, interviews, zine excerpts and gig flyers. If you’re into any kind of fast music be it Thrash, Hardcore, Grind or Power Violence, you are MAD if you miss this!!!!

Available in two different versions:

DIE-HARD SPLATTER GREEN/BLUE VINYL LIMITED TO 100 COPIES

BLACK VINYL LIMITED TO 300 COPIES

CRYPTIC SLAUGHTER “The Lowlife Chronicles 1984-1988” digipack CD/DVD and ATTOMICA “s/t” gatefold LP are out NOW!!

Posted in Attomica, Cryptic Slaughter, Releases on March 21st, 2017 by foadmaster

The moment has finally arrived! The two latest nuclear devices by F.O.A.D. Records are finally out and ready to drop on your stereo! “The lowlife chronicles 1984-1988” CD/DVD, also known as the definitive document about the life of Cryptic Slaughter, and the first legendary self titled album by Brazilian thrash legends Attomica are in the F.O.A.D. headquarters and almost all the preorders have been packed and shipped! You can also have a sneak peek at the contents of the amazing Cryptic Slaughter documentary in this trailer video, as an appetizer for the full feature!

More in detail about each release:

 

– CRYPTIC SLAUGHTER “The Lowlife Chronicles 1984-1988” Digipack CD/DVD (F.O.A.D. 118)

The definitive Cryptic Slaughter release on FOAD Records! This project has been years in the making to reach the best possible result. A nearly 2 hours DVD tracing the band’s history from 1984 till the “Stream Of Consciousness” era in 1988. Includes tons of live footage and exclusive interviews with band members and other musicians (MUNICIPAL WASTE, REPULSION, HATEBREED, FEAR FACTORY, HIRAX etc..etc…). And there’s more… a CD full of rarities (rehearsals, outtakes etc) and soundboard live material selected from 9 different shows 1985-1988, ranging from the early “Life in grave” times to the “Convicted” and “Money Talks” sets.

31 SONGS of the fastest and most influential US Hardcore / Thrash ever conceived! Housed in a 8-panel digipack including 2 booklets packed with rare photos, flyers and original artworks. As we always say: if you’re into any kind of fast music be it Thrash, Hardcore, Grind or Power Violence, you are M.A.D. if you miss any Cryptic Slaughter release!

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– ATTOMICA “s/t” Gatefold LP (F.O.A.D. 119)

Another South American Thrash milestone on FOAD Records! 1987… among the hordes of death-thrashing maniacs raising from the blood soaked Brazilian underground, ATTOMICA from the São Paulo area sinks its teeth and claws in first with their “Children’s Assassin” Demo (1986) and then with the ultra-crude self titled debut that still now is considered by many their most classic release. This is some of rawest and most aggressive death tinged Thrash Metal you can think of. A solid collision of caustic neck-breaking riffs, fast ‘n’ tight drumming at occasion speeding up to blast beat levels and some merciless screaming vocals reminescent of early Kreator, giving to the whole thing an utter feeling of cruelty and malignancy.

Despite the many CD reissues, this classic full length hasn’t been reissued on vinyl since the original first press on Equinox (1988), so nearly 30 years! And most important, this new edition on special 160 grams vinyl is with no doubt the best sounding one you can find around, as it has been specially mastered from an uncompressed 1st generation source that unlike the ultra-“squashed” remastered CD versions gives a lot of range and dynamics to the warmness of the original production. Housed in a thick gatefold sleeve enriched with rare and unreleased photos from the band’s early times. If you’re like us an insane fanatic of Brazil’s Death/Thrash golden era (Mutilator, Holocausto, Chakal, Vulcano, Dorsal Atlantica, early Sepultura and tons more) this LP should be a mandatory addition to your collection!

Die-hard orange vinyl limited to 100 copies

Regular black vinyl

CRYPTIC SLAUGHTER “The Lowlife Chronicles 1984-1988” digipack CD/DVD and ATTOMICA “s/t” gatefold LP: preorders start NOW!!

Posted in Attomica, Cryptic Slaughter, Pre Orders, Releases on March 8th, 2017 by foadmaster

Spring at FOAD Records kicks in with a lethal overdose of bludgeoning THRASH!! Our legacy and friendship with California’s pioneers of speed obsessed Thrash-core CRYPTIC SLAUGHTER never ends, so here’s the longly awaited official “Lowlife Chronicles” DVD (2 hours history!) enriched with a devastating 31 song CD full of the fastest and sickest Hardcore Thrash from their best years!! And to ensure that you won’t wake up sane after this cyclone we also added to the massacre a Brazilian Thrash classic: ATTOMICA‘s self titled debut LP (1987) for the first time back on vinyl after almost 3 decades, with the proper FOAD/Toxic Basement sound treatment and a solid gatefold sleeve! So fasten your safety belts: CRYPTIC SLAUGHTERThe Lowlife Chronicles 1984-1988” Digipack CD/DVD and ATTOMICAs/t” Gatefold LP are up for preorders!!! The official release date is March 20th and as usual we recommend to act fast with ATTOMICA‘s limited colored vinyl version, as it’s expected to disappear at the speed of light!

More in detail about each release:

– CRYPTIC SLAUGHTER “The Lowlife Chronicles 1984-1988” Digipack CD/DVD (F.O.A.D. 118)

The definitive Cryptic Slaughter release on FOAD Records! This project has been years in the making to reach the best possible result. A nearly 2 hours DVD tracing the band’s history from 1984 till the “Stream Of Consciousness” era in 1988. Includes tons of live footage and exclusive interviews with band members and other musicians (MUNICIPAL WASTE, REPULSION, HATEBREED, FEAR FACTORY, HIRAX etc..etc…). And there’s more… a CD full of rarities (rehearsals, outtakes etc) and soundboard live material selected from 9 different shows 1985-1988, ranging from the early “Life in grave” times to the “Convicted” and “Money Talks” sets.

31 SONGS of the fastest and most influential US Hardcore / Thrash ever conceived! Housed in a 8-panel digipack including 2 booklets packed with rare photos, flyers and original artworks. As we always say: if you’re into any kind of fast music be it Thrash, Hardcore, Grind or Power Violence, you are M.A.D. if you miss any Cryptic Slaughter release!

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– ATTOMICA “s/t” Gatefold LP (F.O.A.D. 119)

Another South American Thrash milestone on FOAD Records! 1987… among the hordes of death-thrashing maniacs raising from the blood soaked Brazilian underground, ATTOMICA from the São Paulo area sinks its teeth and claws in first with their “Children’s Assassin” Demo (1986) and then with the ultra-crude self titled debut that still now is considered by many their most classic release. This is some of rawest and most aggressive death tinged Thrash Metal you can think of. A solid collision of caustic neck-breaking riffs, fast ‘n’ tight drumming at occasion speeding up to blast beat levels and some merciless screaming vocals reminescent of early Kreator, giving to the whole thing an utter feeling of cruelty and malignancy.

Despite the many CD reissues, this classic full length hasn’t been reissued on vinyl since the original first press on Equinox (1988), so nearly 30 years! And most important, this new edition on special 160 grams vinyl is with no doubt the best sounding one you can find around, as it has been specially mastered from an uncompressed 1st generation source that unlike the ultra-“squashed” remastered CD versions gives a lot of range and dynamics to the warmness of the original production. Housed in a thick gatefold sleeve enriched with rare and unreleased photos from the band’s early times. If you’re like us an insane fanatic of Brazil’s Death/Thrash golden era (Mutilator, Holocausto, Chakal, Vulcano, Dorsal Atlantica, early Sepultura and tons more) this LP should be a mandatory addition to your collection!

Die-hard orange vinyl limited to 100 copies

Regular black vinyl

CRYPTIC SLAUGHTER “Stream of consciousness – Extended version” 2xLP and UPSET NOISE “Nothing more to be said / Growing pain + Live 1986” CD/DVD out NOW!!

Posted in Cryptic Slaughter, Releases, Upset Noise on February 25th, 2015 by foadmaster

Here we are! As previously announced we set February 25 for two new detonating FOAD thrashin’ attacks, and we kept the promise. The highly awaited CRYPTIC SLAUGHTERStream of consciousness – Extended version” 2xLP gatefold is out now in conjunction with UPSET NOISENothing more to be said / Growing pain + Live 1986” digipack CD/DVD!!  Most pre-orders have been shipped already. As expected, the CS die-hard edition on splatter vinyl has been completely sold out on preorder (this is getting a routine for all die-hard editions of our releases) , but of course you can still purchase the solid black vinyl version limited to 400.  A note: the previous images published of the “rainbow splatter effect” we had requested to the vinyl factory for the CS die-hard copies don’t match exactly to the final result that we received. We are posting a photo here so those who ordered it can see what they are getting. It’s not far from the starting idea but the pressing plant splattered it with colour drops instead of stripes, they always say that the final result is random, so we accept it because it looks killer and unique anyway. It’s more like a plumcake-with-candies than a rainbow!

Ok, more in detail about each release:

CRYPTIC SLAUGHTER “Stream of consciousness – Extended version” 2xLP (F.O.A.D. 076)

Are you ready for a new chapter in the Cryptic Slaughter + FOAD legacy? After giving the right treatment to their legendary “Life in grave” demotape with a special vinyl version including tons of bonus material, it was about time to unite forces again and bring to light a new classic of our favourite California’s thrashing Speed-core pioneers. So we have decided to focus on their 3rd classic full length, their final release before splitting up and reforming again with new members, “Stream of consciousness” originally released in 1988 by Death Records / Metal Blade and never re-issued until then! We did everything possible to improve the sound with a special mastering for vinyl by our sound wizard H.o.D. at Toxic Basement Studio, adding a lot of aggression to the drums and guitar… One thing is sure: you have never heard “Stream..” sound so crisp as on this version! And to make the package even more outstanding we have added 1 full LP of extra tracks, featuring their complete pre-production session (that is even faster and rawer!) made few days before they entered the studio to record the album + 2 rare rehearsal songs 1987 one of which sees Rob and Bill trading off vocals!

25 songs in total, head-punching Crossover Thrash with a solid HC impact. “Stream of consciousness” displays a killer songwriting that is as great and powerful as most anthems on their previous two albums “Convincted” and “Money talks“, if the weak point on the first pressing was the messy production, try this FOAD version and you’ll be positively surprised!  Housed in a thick gatefold cover including lyrics, photos and a foldout insert/poster with tons of rare flyers and photos of that period. If you’re into any kind of fast music be it Thrash, Hardcore, Grind or Power Violence, you are MAD if you miss any Cryptic Slaughter release!!

Solid black vinyl ltd to 400 copies

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UPSET NOISE “Nothing more to be said / Growing pain + Live 1986″ digipack CD/DVD (F.O.A.D. 075)

4 years in the making, this is definitely the most exhaustive and complete UPSET NOISE collection ever released, backed by a story of pure passion and stubbornness in the project. 24 SONGS, over 1 hour of scorching Italian Hardcore/Crossover at its finest! Includes their classic debut album “Nothing more to be said” (1987) + “Growing pain” MLP (1989) and a completely unreleased soundboard live assault recorded in 1986, showing the band in its transition phase between the early raging HC singles and the subsequent metallic approach. Take the most powerful blend of classic Italian Punk/HC (rooted in the legendary “furious years”) spice it with some pummelling Thrash and a powerful r’n’r backbone… you get UPSET NOISE!!

Scrupulously mastered from the original 1/4″ reels for the best possible sonic impact, these recordings have never sounded so good and vital. And, icing on the cake, you’ll also find an extra DVD/documentary tracing the band’s history 1982/1992 through exclusive interviews and rare video-footage. Housed in a 8 panel digipack with 2 booklets (40 pages in total) and OBI strip. If you’re a maniac for energy driven Italian HC like RAW POWER, NEGAZIONE, IMPACT, BLOODY RIOT, EU’S ARSE this is highly recommended.  Watch the promotional trailer HERE!

NOTE: First 200 mailorder copies include an original miniposter/flyer printed in 1988 by TVOR to advertise “Nothing more to be said”!!

UPSET NOISE will premiere this release with a reunion show (back on stage after 20+ years!!) on May 2nd in Poviglio, Italy co-headlining a festival with Us Hardcore heavy-weights POISON IDEA!!  If you’re around and want to experience how a true Hardcore clash in the old school Italian way looks like (the good old “teste vuote ossa rotte” spirit) then look no further and join this inferno! Facebook Event HERE

CRYPTIC SLAUGHTER “Stream of consciousness – Extended version” 2xLP and UPSET NOISE “Nothing more to be said / Growing pain + Live 1986” CD/DVD, pre-orders start now!!

Posted in Cryptic Slaughter, Pre Orders, Releases, Upset Noise on February 5th, 2015 by foadmaster

2 new FOAD thrash-core grenades are ready to explode! We are proud to announce that our February release schedule consists of two undisputed masters in worldwide crossover, hailing from USA and Italy. Pre-orders for CRYPTIC SLAUGHTERStream of consciousness – Extended version” 2xLP gatefold and UPSET NOISENothing more to be said / Growing pain + Live 1986” digipack CD/DVD are up now!! Needless to say that the die-hard rainbow splatter edition of “Stream of consciousness” is expected to be all sold on preorder, so act superfast!  More in detail about each release:

CRYPTIC SLAUGHTER “Stream of consciousness – Extended version” 2xLP (F.O.A.D. 076)

Are you ready for a new chapter in the Cryptic Slaughter + FOAD legacy? After giving the right treatment to their legendary “Life in grave” demotape with a special vinyl version including tons of bonus material, it was about time to unite forces again and bring to light a new classic of our favourite California’s thrashing Speed-core pioneers. So we have decided to focus on their 3rd classic full length, their final release before splitting up and reforming again with new members, “Stream of consciousness” originally released in 1988 by Death Records/Metal Blade and never re-issued until then.

We did everything possible to improve the sound with a special mastering for vinyl by our sound wizard H.o.D. at Toxic Basement Studio, adding a lot of aggression to the drums and guitar… One thing is sure: you have never heard “Stream..” sound so crisp as on this version! And to make the package even more outstanding we have added 1 full LP of extra tracks, featuring their complete pre-production session (that is even faster and rawer!) made few days before they entered the studio to record the album + 2 rare rehearsal songs 1987 one of which sees Rob and Bill trading off vocals!

25 songs in total, head-punching Crossover Thrash with a solid HC impact. “Stream of consciousness” displays a killer songwriting that is as great and powerful as most anthems on their previous two albums “Convincted” and “Money talks“, if the weak point on the first pressing was the messy production, try this FOAD version and you’ll be positively surprised!  Housed in a thick gatefold cover including lyrics, photos and a foldout insert/poster with tons of rare flyers and photos of that period. If you’re into any kind of fast music be it Thrash, Hardcore, Grind or Power Violence, you are MAD if you miss any Cryptic Slaughter release!!

Available in two different versions:

Die-hard rainbow splatter vinyl ltd to 100 copies

Solid black vinyl ltd to 400 copies

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UPSET NOISE “Nothing more to be said / Growing pain + Live 1986” digipack CD/DVD (F.O.A.D. 075)

4 years in the making, this is definitely the most exhaustive and complete UPSET NOISE collection ever released, backed by a story of pure passion and stubbornness in the project. 24 SONGS, over 1 hour of scorching Italian Hardcore/Crossover at its finest! Includes their classic debut album “Nothing more to be said” (1987) + “Growing pain” MLP (1989) and a completely unreleased soundboard live assault recorded in 1986, showing the band in its transition phase between the early raging HC singles and the subsequent metallic approach. Take the most powerful blend of classic Italian Punk/HC (rooted in the legendary “furious years”) spice it with some pummelling Thrash and a powerful r’n’r backbone… you get UPSET NOISE!!

Scrupulously mastered from the original 1/4″ reels for the best possible sonic impact, these recordings have never sounded so good and vital. And, icing on the cake, you’ll also find an extra DVD/documentary tracing the band’s history 1982/1992 through exclusive interviews and rare video-footage. Housed in a 8 panel digipack with 2 booklets (40 pages in total) and OBI strip. If you’re a maniac for energy driven Italian HC like RAW POWER, NEGAZIONE, IMPACT, BLOODY RIOT, EU’S ARSE this is highly recommended.  Watch the promotional trailer here!

NOTE: First 200 mailorder copies will include an original miniposter/flyer printed in 1988 by TVOR to advertise “Nothing more to be said”!!