Karbonite: Religious War Continues 7" flexi

Nightrider Records


KARBÖNITE is female fronted band out of San Diego, California with intermittent dual vocals. These Punks bring an inspired combination of noise channeling Lebenden Toten and Confuse/Kyushu inspired Punk into an aesthetically strong release. Limited to 100 on red vinyl with red covers and 150 black on black. Both versions of the flexi have silver ink silk-screened card-stock covers with silver center label accents. A release that is as pleasing to the eye as it is to Punk ears of refined and deafened taste. Mastered by Jack Control of Enormous Door, the flexi format does not diminish the sound quality but strongly carries this recording. Karbönite are young Punks and a shining example of Punk future.

Our take: Debut 2-song flexi from this San Diego band, and sadly it's slated to be the final release on Nightrider Records. Nightrider had a good run releasing some of the best and most underground hardcore bands around, with an emphasis on noise-punk in the Confuse / Gai tradition and a commitment to putting out killer records no matter whether the band is hyped, tours extensively, etc. Karbonite are definitely obscure... I hadn't heard of them before Nightrider solicited this 7", but Religious War Continues is one of the better releases in the Nightrider catalog. I always like my noise-punk with a healthy dose of avant-garde artsiness, and Karbonite definitely have a bit of that in their sound, particularly the wild, exhilarating guitar solo toward the end of "Liberación." If you a fan of this label's style, you should definitely stick around for the closing credits, but hopefully it's not the last we hear from Karbonite.
Tags: 10 hardcore noise-punk recommended