CRUEL HAND (Maine)
Since forming in 2006, Cruel Hand has released four LPs, four EPs, played giant festival stages across North America, Europe, and Australia, and toured with Trash Talk, Defeater, Bane, Title Fight, Unearth, Neck Deep, The Acacia Strain, and many more of the biggest names in punk and hardcore. They’ve done all this without leaving their homebase of Portland, Maine behind.
“ZUD’s unique sound somehow manages to seamlessly blend the blackened arts of Necrovore, early Mayhem and early Bathory with the vibrant, infectious rock ways of Roky Erickson, Van Halen, Blue Oyster Cult and even Heart. Their debut album, The Good, the Bad and the Damned…, was recorded and mixed by Todd Hutchinson (Falls of Rauros, AOK Suicide Forest, East Of The Wall) at Acadia Recording Company in the band’s hometown, and mastered by Tore Stjerna (Watain, Repugnant) at Necromorbus Studios in Stockholm, Sweden. ZUD self-released the record on the Summer Solstice of 2013, catching journalists off-guard, as the disc instantly raked in piles of outstanding media reactions.” – Earsplit PR
Leash (New Hampshire/Maine)
“Shit. I just had to jump on here and post about this Demo I just heard from a new band called Leash. It’s 6 songs of absolutely punishing D-Beat Punk DONE RIGHT. Leash is from Portsmouth, NH and features members of Ramlord, Ultra//Negative, Vaast & Erotic City Blues Band. Their short description of themselves is: “we do drugs and listen to discharge and carcass. kill every fucking human.” Mandatory listening.” – Deadpulpit.com