February 12, 2013


I've been meaning to do a "segment" (or whatever you'd like to call it) like this for a while now, but I just didn't get around to it. Basically, Label Highlight will feature mostly underground labels I happen to think highly of due to the work they do and the bands they put out.

First up, there's Ruins Records, an independent label, distro and booking agency from Portugal that focuses on music you probably wouldn't want to play at your Christmas family gathering. So far, their roster only comprises two bands - A Thousand Words and Revengeance - but, as you will see, it's a really strong start for these guys.

A Thousand Words - Sinners (2012)

A Thousand Words is a melodic hardcore band hailing from Algarve, Portugal. Sinners is a hard-hitting EP that will tear down your house with its piercing guitar riffs and throaty vocals, combining into a whirlwind of pure aggression. The production on this EP is impeccable - there's seriously no way this release could have sounded any better than it does now. It's both super angry and melodic and it's probably one of the best things I've heard so far in 2013. You can check it out on their bandcamp page. Sweet artwork, too.

Revengeance - Complacent Complacency (2012)

The second band in Ruins Records' roster comes from the capital of Portugal and is called Revengeance. They are a grindcore/powerviolence/hardcore/crust punk outfit featuring dual male/female vocals, buzzing guitars, furious drumming and samples from Family Guy. Their music could best be described as a tornado of teeth-grinding guitar riffs and angar yelling about current socio-political issues (including the timeless issue of hipsters ruining everything for everyone). The production is once again pretty much flawless. No shitty faux-lo-fi guitar tones to be found here - these guys want a great sound and they will not settle for less. Listen for yourself here.

With two wickedly good bands under their protective wing, Ruins Records have gotten an amazing start in the underground music scene and we'll probably see a lot more from these guys in the future. I, for one, can't wait to see what other bands they'll sign up. Consider me a fan of this label. You go, dudes!

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