Well, I'll be! The repress of the HASSLER - AMORALITY EP has finally arrived! There are 350 of these things and we spruced up the center labels a bit, making them red and yellow. Get em while they last!
Also, here are some reviews for the AMORALITY EP:
"Yet another great Canadian band, there seems to be a lot of good stuff going on there, especially in Toronto. Hassler deliver a punch to the face with a hard hitting, relentless hardcore attack which pounds itself into your skull while gruff vocals spew out anger and despair. This has me thinking of bands like Geriatric Unit, Hoax, Fuk and even Negative Approach; there’s a simplicity about the songs that I like, and a powerful sound that’s pretty irresistible. I’m finding that one listen to this record isn’t enough, multiple plays at each sitting is essential. Great stuff." - Suspect Device
"I just reviewed this Ontario band's 7" on Schizophrenic Records in the last blog post and here another 7" platter of unfettered hardcore rage with a hint of Poison Idea in the mix. Same hallmarks--gutteral vocals and a full-bore old school attack. About five years ago, the underrated west coast band Nightstick Justice had something of a similar vibe, especially on their song "Control," where their vocalist Jeff bellowed "get the FUCK out of my way!" Sounds like a good idea when this pain train is coming at you. " - Suburban Voice
"Self-described “meat and potatoes
"Hassler are another Toronto band heavily influenced by NYHC circa 1984-87, that sort of “homeless street kids start a band to play hardcore matinees” vibe that is so easy to romanticize decades later from our little internet portals and Expedits filled with rarities. Even the lyric sheet seems to share Porcell’s handwriting style! With Hassler’s big-mouth vocals, I’m reminded of Boston Strangler too, although not as huge-sounding, more “no frills”. They get super fast on some tracks (“Escape” being the rippingest), but Amorality is mostly geared toward stirring up the pit quickly and effectively. If we were forced to choose one Toronto hardcore group paying their homage to the New York classics, I’d probably still go with Omegas (they’ve just got the sound and image down pat), but Hassler are real good too, and they probably share band members, or at least hang out in the same living rooms together. If you’re trying to bulk up on meat and potatoes, it might be time to add Hassler to your regimen." - Yellow Green Red
In other news, GAS RAG tests have been approved and art has been sent off to the printer so expect tracks like "Abort Them" to be your feel good hit of the summer. In fact, said track can be found here for those who want a sampling of what is to come. MOD SUBS 12" is coming along as well and should be out sometime in the summer as well. MERCY KILLINGS recorded for the upcoming 7", which should be mastered soon. Got a few things in limbo, both new and old, that I can hopefully spread the word on soon. We shall see.