.....that aren't available on FLAC.
I'd be more than happy to pay cash money for FLAC versions of these recordings. I'm sat here with my wallet open ready to give the bands & labels money.
Anyway, these bands come highly recommended:-
CALIFORNIA X - s/t (Don Giovanni Records)
I think this is my most played album this year. Fucking amazing. Best bits of Dinosaur Jr but with a slightly rougher punk sound. Sounded good on first listen and since then these songs have become embedded in my head.
You know when several bits on an album make the hairs on the back of your neck stand up? That!! Also, when you involuntarily start air guitaring in the street when you've got your headphones on. That too.
I can absolutely guarantee that if you're into an old American indie rock stuff like Dinosaur Jr, Husker Du, Superchunk, Pixies, Wipers, Replacements, Smashing Pumpkins and all the rest of it then you will fall in love with this album.
DEAD LORD - GOODBYE REPENTANCE (High Roller Records)
Thin fucking Lizzy! Everyone loves Thin Lizzy.
Plenty of great 70s rock revival bands in recent years. However, most go with the heavier end like Black Sabbath or for the more obscure heavy end (you need to check out Kadavar and their Sir Lord Baltimore worship!). Rise Above are putting out loads of the good ones.
Dead Lord go in for Thin Lizzy worship and damn it's good. They totally get that killer twin guitar sound. Great tunes as well.
Video above is from the 7" that came out last year. Great song with an amazing video.
ENFORCER - DEATH BY FIRE (Nuclear Blast)
Ripping NWOBHM style heavy metal from Sweden with a bit of thrash/speed metal going on as well.
Iron Fist magazine gave it album of the issue and those folk have got impeccable taste in metal.
EIEFITS - s/t 7" (Mangrove Records)
Raging punk from Japan. Ex-Lipcream and Forward. Kind of mixes up the raw metal guitar solo Burning Spirits sound with a 77 punk female vocal sound.
Japanese lyrics (foreign lyrics always a plus for punk bands in my book). So yeah, kind of sounds like one of those awesome 80s Japanese hardcore bands covering old 77 punk tunes.