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IHV-006
Rations
"How Much Land Does a Man Need?"
7" Vinyl
December 2011
1000

Split release between Intense Human Victories, Drunken Sailor Records (UK), Eager Beaver Records (JAP), Jerk Store Records (AUS), Messner Records (SWE), Pavones (CAN), Lost Cat Records (Minnesota, USA), Rad Girlfriend (Ohio, USA), 86'd Records (New York, USA), Square of Opposition (Pennsylvania, USA)
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IHV-005
Luau / Choke Up
Luau / Choke Up Split
7" Vinyl
July 2011
60 Opaque Magenta Vinyl
145 Translucent Green Vinyl
295 Black Vinyl

When Luau chants "I might be growing up, but I don't think that means I've given up" on their new split with Choke Up, you get a good sense of what is going on here: screamy hardcore angst channeled and matured into heavy, melodic rock and roll. Fast, angular Level-Plane-style hardcore is smoothed into choruses and hooks that would make SAMIAM or HUSKER DU proud. Choke Up has a slightly more chaotic and aggressive sound, but both sides play well together. This is a true product of friendship and passion-- don't miss the eye-catching cover and insert artwork.
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IHV-004
Bar Sinister
Great Satan
CD / Cassette
August 2011
150 CDs / 100 Cassettes

Power-trios in progressive hardcore are few and far between, but the FRODUS comparisons aren't unwarranted here. If you've been around the Boston scene for long enough, you've talked to one of these three dudes about gear, and on Great Satan they approach big, epic hardcore with an off-kilter spirit that favors inventiveness over predictability. Bar Sinister mixes gruff, driving punk with dark, spacey metal -- coming out sounding like CAVE IN or THRICE on peaks in their career that they never ventured into. Only four songs, but over twenty-minutes (with no bullshit, soundscape filler) to whet your appetite for an upcoming LP. Available on retro cassette or even more retro compact disc.
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IHV-003
Now Denial
Fuck Now Denial
CD / 12"EP
March 2010 (CD) / March 2011 (Vinyl)
201 Orange Marble Vinyl
52 Translucent Green Vinyl
(Intense Human Victories Exclusive)
47 Light Gray Marble Vinyl
(Tor Johnson Records Exclusive)

The follow-up to 2008's "Facemelter" is a 5-song EP that expands upon the thunderous rhythms and urgent riffs of previous releases, while moving into new territory. The CD was a split release between IHV and Witch Trial Records. The vinyl was a split release between Intense Human Victories and Tor Johnson Records.
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IHV-002
Adam Caires
Apocalypsongs
2xCD / Digital
July 2011
100 Hand Numbered

Lately you can't throw a cigarette butt without hitting an ex-hardcore kid playing an acoustic guitar, but the new double-EP from Boston's Adam Caires shouldn't be placed aside other guys who put down the electric for mellower pastures unless they want to get blown out of the water. Ambitious, melodic, and heart-breaking, Adam's dual concept suite accomplishes more with one voice and one guitar than most orchestras can muster. Comparisons have been drawn to NEUTRAL MILK HOTEL, ROCKY VOTOLATO, and THE GOOD LIFE, but Adam's darkly beautiful creations have a distinctive tone and point-of-view all their own. Throw these two CDs in the disc changer, then sit back and watch the world burn with Apocalypsongs.
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IHV-001
Adam Caires / The Informant
Selling Our Faces to Photo Booths
LP / Digital
February 2009
300 Black Vinyl
Three different color schemes for the covers:
100 Martini
100 Cappuccino
100 Wine & Cheese

This is the real DIY: best friends, acoustic guitars, apartment recordings, collaborative artwork, and hand-assembled final product. Selling Our Faces to Photobooths is where Intense Human Victories began. Side A contains a batch of Adam's haunting ballads and trenchant commentary in the vein of JEFF MANGUM and ROCKY VOTOLATO. Side B features the acoustic newscore of The Informant, sounding something like PHIL OCHS on meth or CRASS sans electricity. Acoustic jams that stand apart from the navel-gaving and Chris Carraba-worship that got old more than a decade ago? What an idea! Three different color sleeves available (wine and cheese; mocha latte; and martini), but each one is unique! Includes a download code!