For this post i've just decided to post a lot of the more rare/hard to find '90s hardcore, punk, indie, emo, fastcore, grunge, sludge, crust, metalcore, powerviolence, rock and whatever else i have accumulated over the years, as well as as some not so rare. It's all here - discographies, anthologies, demos, radio sets, EPs, LPs, compilations, live sets, rehearsals... many compiled by myself. If there are any bands that want any music removed, please just email me or leave a comment and i'll remove the link immediately. I think between this post, the first Livin' In The '90s post, the Powerviolence post, and a few others (like the Assfactor 4 post for instance), this should prove that the '90s underground scene was simply nothing short of amazing. If, when you think of '90s hardcore, you think of bands like Crown Of Thornz, E Town Concrete, Bulldoze, Earth Crisis, Hatebreed etc, then this probably isn't the post for you.
I'm not going to write at length about everything i post on here, as it would take way too long and make the post way too big. I've just threw in a few comments here and there, and if it's a compilation, i'll list the key bands. This is pretty much split up into three main groups. Hardcore and punk, indie and emo, and other (weird shit that can't be categorized like Black Mayo and Lambchop for instance). This started out kinda organized, but now it's pretty much random. So here goes. 134 downloads plus 20 eggs. All '90s. Enjoy!
One of the few bands of the late '90s playing straight hardcore punk. Pretty sure this is everything they ever released. If anyone knows what movie the "weak ollies" sample is from, please let me know. Fave is the Better Off Dead EP, but it's all great.
A collection of all the stuff not on the 2 albums. Totally different vocal approach on the demo and comp tracks. One of the best bands of the '90s. Essential.
Excellent sounding discog i put together while back. Downcast seems to be a love 'em or hate 'em band. I love 'em.
Civilization Comes, Civilization Goes
Hopefully this gets an official release in the future. Until then there's this. None better.
This is everything. There was no "unreleased LP" by the way. That was just a radio show and some other tracks. All here in great quality.
Mad Party Scene
As much as i love the two full lengths, this is my fave NOU material. The Embassy Tapes 1992 cassette is straight jazz versions of LP tracks. Killer.
Devoid Of Faith
Ripping hardcore. Guitarist and vocalist Nate also played in Monster X, Intent, The Oath and a bunch of other bands. He runs a killer blog here.
Smiling At Death
Old school sounding hardcore from the UK. This is the CD put out on GTA that collects most of their '90s material. They kept going until the mid 2000's.
The American Scream
Just as good as their '80s stuff. Sepultura even covered the massive sounding Inhuman Nature from this EP.
Another great LP from this California hardcore band. This one's from '97.
Unwilling To Explain + 1994 Demo
Wall of sound sludge hardcore from North Carolina with samples galore. Crushes.
Feel The Darkness
The best of their '90s albums. When i saw them at CBGB many years ago, they opened with Plastic Bomb and the place exploded.
First Virginia Crimewave
Collects the first LP, the Crimewave 10" and a 7". Spans 1994-1996. Adam from Life's Blood and Born Against on Vocals and guitar.
Revised from the same vinyl i used last go-around. This sounds better for sure, but still has some unavoidable rough patches on a couple tracks. Paradox is still a monster.
ABC No Radio 1990
Radio sets from the bands that were among the first wave of ABC No Rio's regular players. The GO! set was taken from CD, the other sets are completely revised and sound much better than previously posted versions. Back cover photo is the infamous courtyard where we would constantly be bombarded with eggs from the apartments above.
All Aboard The Sinking Ship
Late '90s Albany hardcore with a heavy Born Against vibe.
This Trash Should've Been Free
Great music and great stories between the music. This was bootlegged on vinyl at some point.
Teen-Age Dance Session and More
This collects the first EP which is my fave, the split 12" with Karp and the first LP.
'90s Hardcore Seven Inches Volume One
'90s Hardcore Seven Inches Volume Two
'90s Hardcore Seven Inches Volume Three
'90s Hardcore Seven Inches Volume Four
Made these for myself a while back and figured i'd share 'em here. Some of my favorite EPs of the '90s with a few bonus tracks taken from comps and splits. Most of these bands have discographies that can be purchased through bandcamps or Amazon etc, so hopefully some people will discover something here they dig and go buy up all their stuff.
Bread The Edible Napkin
Tracks by Hot Water Music, Floor, Ash County Sluggers (their best track is on here), Cavity, Floodgate, Serpico, Gus, Locust, Braid, Crunch, Still Life and many more. Put out by No Idea in '97.
Big Pants Waste Precious Fabric
Another great No Idea comp from '95. My personal fave. Tracks by Sparkmarker, Radon, Assuck, Guzzard, Undertow, Assfactor 4, Rain Like The Sound Of Trains, Dropdead, Gus, Initial State and more.
The Wardance comp that was supposed to come out in '93 and finally saw the light of day in 2010. Exclusive studio tracks by Rorschach, Warning, CxAx, Animal Crackers, Born Against, Antiem, Hell No, and Huasipungo, plus previously released songs by GO! and Inflatable Children for the re-issue.
Great mix of US and International hardcore, with the US side leaning towards the ABC No Rio scene. Many of these tracks were supposed to be on the original Fuck Rock comp that fell apart in '93 and ended up on here.
4 Way Split
CD release compiling 4 live flexi EPs. Headfirst, Citizen's Arrest, GO! and Profax.
Short Wave Warfare
Live recordings from Gilman Street and WFMU Studios recorded during the Pain Of Mind and Word As Law tours. Great sounding boot. The standout is the unreleased Shallow, just one of the heaviest songs i've ever heard. Sucks it was never properly recorded in a studio, but the lyrics were later used for the song Sterile Vision from the Souls At Zero LP.
Four song CD from Japan's doom masters, Corrupted. I think it's their best stuff.
Come To Grief
Classic doom album from '94. Members went on to form Disrupt.
More Grief. 12" and 7" from '92. Total suicide shit.
Un-PC fastcore from down under. About as subtle as a hammer to your balls. Shitloads of songs from shitloads of releases.
A continuation of Brutal Badlands. This has the rest of the EPs and splits. I would also recommend the Corrupture LP.
Too Short To Ignore
All the '90s Scrawl stuff jammed onto a CD. Naked City meets Patareni? It's fucking nuts however you wanna describe it.
OK, so this is not '90s stuff. But it's Scrawl and it's as great if not better than ever. So fuck it.
Discography of killer Florida fastcore.
Step On A Crack Vol. 2
Track list is shown above. Standout tracks by Hell No, Iabhorher, Die 116 and the mighty Garden Variety.
18 And Free
Hardcore from Little Rock, Arkansas formed in '88. This is my fave LP from one of the best bands of the '90s. Perfect from start to finish. You can get all their stuff on a 2xCD on Ebullition.
Metallic hardcore from Jersey. I Like You Less Than Apple Pie is my fave track and has a much different vibe than anything else they recorded.
To Reduce The Choir To One Soloist
German metalcore with a bit of a Rorschach influence. Classic LP.
Forty six rippers in about as many minutes from NY powerhouse band.
This was their best lineup. Basically Agnostic Front with Roger's brother Freddy on vocals. This is also their best and heaviest recording. Half old AF songs and half originals recorded live on the Pat Duncan show on WFMU in 1992.
Rash Of Beatings
Vicious hardcore / grind / powerviolence. Like some massive mix of Assuck and Rorschach. Every track like a baseball bat to the head.
Three Minutes Of Your Time
This is just the 2 tracks from the BOD side of the split EP with Acrid. Members of Assuck and Spazz doing it Slayer style. Excellent sound.
Moment Of Truth
NYHC fronted by legend Tommy "Rat" DeRosa of Warzone, the Psychos and Trip 6. Put out on Lost and Found in '94.
Monster Joe Fuck You!
Revised discography of killer late '80s hardcore band.
Stalwart NYHC members playing a mix of hardcore and rock/grunge. This is the 12" EP put out on Blackball in 1990.
Jersey Shore Rehearsal Demo
NJ legends doing rehearsals for their ripping Fast Times At The Jersey Shore LP. I miss the Jersey Shore. Thanks to Dan from the unfortunately defunct Old, Fast and Loud blog for the original rip.
The Golden Years
Revised anthology of one of my personal faves. The demo, the comp tracks, live on WNYU, the first EP and more. Merel always seemed to get lumped into the emo camp, but this is all just frantic hardcore with loads of energy and emotion. Wait, maybe that is emo? Or used to be anyway.
Kick ass comp from '96 with Quicksand, Supertouch, Civ, Garden Variety, Undetow, Strife, Lifetime and lots more. Love the Supertouch song. Released on Another Planet who used to put out some great NYHC reissues in the mid '90s. All long out of print and worth a bit.
Fear Of Smell
The ultimate DIY '90s compilation put out by Vermiform in '93. It's all here. Nation of Ulysses, Rorschach, MITB, Herion, Native Nod, fucking INFEST, 1.6 Band, Merel, Moss Icon, Hell No... I'd say they don't make comps like this anymore, bit truth is they don't make bands like this anymore. Hand drawn covers for the first press of the vinyl release. You can check out most of the covers on this great blog here. Mine had a painting of an male ass on the cover. This is a CD rip. The Vermiform CD was mastered from vinyl.
Revised discography of one of the best late '90s HC bands.
Originally released as a 7" in 1990 on Temperance Records. This is the CD version with lots of bonus tracks from all 4 bands.
Anthology of Demos, Splits and Rarities
Updated anthology. All their best stuff in my opinion. First demo will always be the best thing they ever did. Love the Circle Jerks covers.
976 - Demos 1990-1991
Cali hardcore with doomryderz connection. This is a CD of the 2 tapes they released in 1990-1991. The first tape from '90 is my fave, and has a big crossover vibe similar to the stuff that was going on in NJ in that late '80s. Excellent stuff. RIP Dan Hogan.
NYC post-hardcore band with Walter Schreifels from Gorilla Biscuits, Project X and Quicksand, Luke Abbey from Warzone, Judge and Gorilla Biscuits, and Sergio Vega from Collapse and Quicksand.
Early '90s hardcore/rock band from PA. Underrated. This is the complete discog. The EPs from 1990 (Soul Force) and 1991 (Ebullition), comp track and full live set.
The Taste Of Every Sin
Long out of print rarities CD from '97. Fifteen tracks including covers of Septic Death and Negative Approach.
Kamikaze Attacked America
CD comp from '95 with a great mix of Japanese and US bands. Ottawa, Final Warning, Senseless Apocalypse, Suppression, Spazz, Monster X, C.F.D.L., Masskontroll and more.
Crushing hateful hardcore/sludge band from California. This is the CD version of the full length from '94 with bonus tracks from other releases.
Collection of Aftermath 12" plus EPs and splits from 1995-1997. Backstabber EP is a ripper.
Great angry mix of powerviolence and more straight forward hardcore punk. Bit of a CxAx vibe, especially the back cover/layout.
Stress Related / Live and Learn
Classic hardcore/death metal with Mitch Harris of Napalm Death. Essential.
We See You Crawling
Fartz were a classic HC band that started way back in '82. I still think this LP from 1990 is their best album. It has some re-recordings of a few Accused tracks, which i like better than the originals.
Originally released as a 10" in 1994 on Amphetamine Reptile with 3 tracks by each band. Today Is The Day, Guzzard and Chokebore. This is the CD version which has one extra track by each band.
Yet another great No Idea comp, this one from '97. Track list shown above.
Copout EP 1993
Straight forward hardcore from Memphis, Tennessee. They only lasted about a year and played a great set on WFMU in '94. This is their first EP from '93.
Greatest Hits Vol. 1
Melodic punk/hardcore from Hawaii influenced by the early anarcho punk scene in the UK as well as US pop punk. Members later formed J Church.
Weak / Four
Seaweed was a punk/grunge band from Tacoma, WA who formed in 1989. This is a CD of the first two albums from 1992 and 1993.
The Making Of Allied 1, 2, 3
Compilation CD of early Allied 7" releases.
Killer metallic hardcore. This is a CD that compiles three EPs from '91 and two compilation tracks.
Classic NJ band who put out one of my all-time favorite cassettes in 1988. This is their full length from 1992.
Again - Trainwreck
Melodic hardcore band from Boulder, Colorado. This is their three song EP from 1990. The title track is incredible. I must have played that song hundred times back in the early '90s.
All the band's '90s hardcore songs as well as the '80s stuff. Heavy Bad Brains influence, especially on the EP from '95.
Hardcore Breakout USA
Released on New Red Archives in 1990. Ultraman, Jawbreaker, Samiam, Bedlam Hour, Crucial Youth, Kraut, Dirge!, G-Whizz, and Agitators. This is the CD version which also contains all the tracks from the New Red Archives Sampler. Lots of the same bands listed plus Hogan's Heroes, UK Subs, Reagan Youth and PED.
Prong Peel Sessions 1990
Four songs originally released on Strange Fruit. Maybe the last thing they ever recorded before they went full-on metal. Two tracks from Force Fed, one from Primitive Origins and one exclusive to this set. All excellent versions. Crossover from one of the best.
Super Sonic Anthology Of Evil
Punk/grunge/rock band from Minneapolis, Minnesota. One of the most overlooked bands of the '90s. This is all my favorite stuff they recorded between 1993-1996. Highest possible recommendation.
Day Ditties: The Odds And Ends Collection
This CD has the entire 2-track demos from '94, the 3 acoustic tracks from the Superpowers cassette fully remastered, a couple of rare/unreleased tracks, and the Your Choice Live Series set from 1992. Just click the link.
I always loved this band. I saw them play at some Veteran's Hall in NJ back in the early '90s and was blown away. This is an anthology put together from 2 separate CD releases.
The 1995 Demo
First and best thing they ever did.
Seein' Red - 1993-1995
Fast hardcore formed from the ashes of Larm. This is the first part of a 2 part discography. This part has all the band's '90s stuff. Their best stuff.
Shouting Crying Anthology
Japanese "Burning Spirits" hardcore with Death Side members. Amazing stuff spanning 1998-2003.
Gauze - 1991-2007 Anthology
I prefer the '80s Gauze records, but this stuff is just as essential. Gauze tears it up track after track with no let-up.
More ripping Japanese hardcore with the mighty Chelsea of Death Side on guitar. Originally released in '92. Obviously this rips.
Music For The Proletariat
Great Allied comp from 1993 with shitloads of great bands. Just check the lineup above.
Total Meathead Fuck
Split CD from 1995. Subversion puts in fifteen fast tracks, and Spazz put in eight short bangers and one nine minute epic slow song played over some '70s Kung Fu flick samples. Some of my fave Spazz on this one.
Mislead And Deranged
Split from '97. This one has my fave LOI material. Love the cover art from the movie Game of Death.
Bastards and Bleeding Rectums
Great stuff by both bands. The MITB side is crushing, and the BR side is intense crossover from Belfast. Love the samples they use.
End Of An Era
Raging hardcore from Cali. This is the CD put out on GTA in '98 that collects a bunch of their stuff recorded between 1989-1992.
Fully remastered. Godlike.
The ultimate "Peace Punk" album from NYC. Released in 1990 on Profane Existence.
At All Cost
NYHC. If you dig the more obscure late '80s stuff like NY Hoods, Stillborn etc, you'll love this.
Sin Egan Motstandare
Classic Swedish hardcore band with heavy Discharge influence that started in the mid-'80s. This is their first full length, released in 1994. Massive sounding.
Old Days Nostalgia
Three CD compilation of S.O.A Records EPs. Sick shit.
Milhouse - Obscenity In The Milk
Late '90s emotive and crazed hardcore from NY. They put out a bunch of great EP, splits and comp tracks during their 2 years (1995-1997). This is their only full length.
Revised with 2 extra tracks.
Anthology Of Early Recordings
Melodic hardcore punk band with gruff vocals, kinda like Leatherface in that regard. This is a collection of some of my fave material from the band's early days.
AmRep Motors 1995 Models Compilation
Amphetamine Reptile comp with some great bands. Great art/packaging.
Radio To Saturn - Unearthed Discography
This is the entire RTS discography. I went back to the original source files for the EP and split with Van Pelt and did a complete makeover. Sounds better than ever. I even threw in an extra track from a comp put out in '94.
Angry and angular hardcore that falls somewhere between Rye Coalition and Fugazi. The Ya'red Fair Scratch CD has their best stuff in my opinion. They went in a weird almost dance-like direction on the Bully My Pushy 2x7", my least fave material. All the rest is insanely good though.
Anthology Of 3
First-wave emo/hardcore from NJ that formed in 1989. This collects most of their material from 1993-1995.
Early Recordings and Rarities
Updated version of a collection i posted a while back. EPs, demos, comp and radio tracks.
Ash County Sluggers
Melodic punk from 1996. This is everything they recorded. Achiever 9 is the standout.
Basically Moss Icon with a violin. Mandatory listening.
False Object Sensor
Vermiform compilation released in 2001, but all '90s bands.
Studio and Live
Mix of studio and live tracks from this early '90s emo band. One of the best in the genre.
Lives Of Insects
Great female-fronted indie/punk band. Amazing live band and a personal fave. This is the CD version of the 1994 EP with 2 bonus tracks.
Old Guitar Parts
Some of my favorite tracks from one of the best '90s punk bands ever.
Paper Roses cassette 1990
Members of The Hated. Click the link.
Indie/punk/emo band from Cali that formed in '88 and never seemed to stop making music. The Soar LP is my fave. Jawbreaker vibes. This is a collection of demos from 1991.
Hardcore/emo band that put out some great music in 1995 then split. This is everything.
Footprints Of The American Chicken
Underrated punk band from Chapel Hill, NC.
The first album. If you're into stuff like early Jawbreaker, Garden Variety etc, you'll dig this.
Originally released as a double LP in 1993. Emo. The good kind.
Demos and Live
Re-revised collection of demos and unreleased live tracks. Third time's a charm. I finally like the way this sounds.
The 1990 Radio Sessions
Live radio sets from when the band were at their best. I'm tired of hearing how their early stuff wasn't as good as their later stuff. Take that shit elsewhere.
Jets To Brazil - Radio and Demos
Japanese radio show and demos from '97.
Four Two Pudding
Very Small Records comp from 1992. Great mix of hardcore and punk/pop punk.
Last Intoxication Of The Senses
Massive German hardcore. A fucking steamroller from 1993.
Give Rise To Doubt
A bit less abrasive than the debut, but still a great album. This one's from '95.
Alternative rock/punk with ex-Turning Point members. Originally released as a 12" and CD-EP in 1993 on Temperance Records.
Lookout Records comp from '94 compiled by Ben Weasel. Jawbreaker has the standout track. Garden Variety does an untitled track not listed on CD.
Anthology By Numbers
Revised collection of a post i did years ago. Incredible punk band from NJ.
Live on WFMU 1991
One of my favorite WFMU sets from the '90s. This has the version of Ever Nearing Joy that wound up on the Superpowers comp.
Native Nod Live on WFMU 1991
Another great 1991 WFMU set with two unreleased tracks.
Virus 100 Compilation
Dead Kennedys covers comp put out by Alternative Tentacles in 1992. Love the Disposable Heroes cover of California Uber Alles.
The Smiles - USS Felicia
Chris Leo from Native Nod/The Van Pelt's most obscure band. Funny and catchy acoustic tracks, with Felicia being my fave. Put out on Sudden Shame in the early '90s. Hand Painted covers not unlike the Fear Of Smell comp.
Punk Uprisings Vol. 2 Compilation
Go-Kart Records comp loaded up with 39 tracks. 97A, AxCa, Anti-Heroes, Buzzoven, In/Humanity, Lifetime, Snapcase and tons more.
I snuck one of my own old bands (Bloated) into the NJ post, so i figured i'd do the same here. This was me and my two roommates, Steve and Tommy, making noise in the mid/late '90s. We were pretty influenced by Black Sabbath and Rorschach at the time. Nine studio tracks and five basement tracks of hardcore/doom. I played drums.
Six Silver Spiders - The Lost Demos
Amazing cassette-only release from 1993. I saw these guys play in FL in the mid '90s in the outdoor courtyard of some bar and was blown away. I bought their tape immediately and played it constantly. Still do. This is a remastered version of the tape that was available online a few years back. The music is hard to describe, but it has elements of The Cure for sure. Found is one of the greatest songs ever.
And now for something completely different...
Aunt Mary (A.M.) Discography
Insane cut and paste style noisecore from '92. Total madness that sounds like no other.
Black Mayo - Collection 1992-1995
Bizarre one-man sludge project that put out a load of releases for a good ten years. This is my fave Mayo, a compilation released on cassette in '97. Many of the tracks sound like pop songs played at the slowest possible speed.
Songs From The Wishing You Well
This is a collection of my favorite Lambchop tracks from 1995-2004, all released on Merge Records. Top-ten all-time band for me. All their records are great, my fave being the How I Quit Smoking LP from '95. Kinda morbid sounding County Western with weird, usually depressing lyrics. The cover of This Corrosion (Sisters Of Mercy) is perfection.
Yegor I Opizdenevshie
Psychedelic punk from Russia fronted by Yegor Letov of legends Grazhdanskaya Oborona. 23 tracks pulled from 3 different releases recorded between 1992 and 2001. Think 13th Floor Elevators meets Rudimentary Peni fronted by a Russian folk singer.
That's it for now. Of course this post is just scratching the surface. Other great bands from the '90s to check out would be Moss Icon, 1.6 Band, Supertouch, 411, Antischism, Anthem 88, Ten Yard Fight, His Hero Is Gone, Asshole Parade, Jawbox, Leatherface, Hoover, Radon, The World/Inferno Friendship Society, Heroin, Fuel, Drive Like Jehu, Converge, Inside Out, Alone In A Crowd, Quicksand, Avail, Wide Awake, Struggle, Universal Order Of Armageddon, Fugazi, Burn, Noothgrush, J Church, Rain, Eyehategod, Unwound, Dillinger Four, Texas Is The Reason, Slint, Rodan, The New Bomb Turks, Screeching Weasel, Christ On A Crutch, Chain Of Strength, Filth, Assfactor 4, Combatwoundedveteran, Serpico, Loose (NJ), Sinker, Initial State, Burning Witch, Iabhorher, The Van Pelt, Parasites, Unruh, Niblick Henbane, plus a hundred or so powerviolence and sludge bands... it just goes on and on. Some older NY bands like Supertouch, Judge, Sick Of It All and Breakdown all put out killer releases in the '90s as well. Japan was killing it. Oh yeah, and the fucking SWANS. Bye.