We are an artist-run label formed in 2013.  All the work, good or bad, is done by the people in the bands.

Polonium - Seraphim

Seraphim - is a ten song CD from Polonium.

Before they became the Austerity Program, Thad and Justin decided to start a not-serious metal band for some reason.  Within a month they were serious.  

A few months after that they were obsessed with double bass drum attack and screwed-up time signatures.  They recorded two batches of songs.  The first one was hit or miss.  The second was solid.  

Here's that second batch. Ten songs ranging from early-Melvins minimalism to the rolling bombast of Bolt Thrower.  We didn't screw up the vocals, though; the lyrics are howled with the usual tortured seethe and the content is all about people in desperate straits.  If you like the pounding drum machine of the Austerity Program but aren't with all that intellectualism, this record is for you.

Although the music was all written from 1993-96, Justin took the time to re-record all of it between 2013-2015. So you get a full drink of what we were thinking 20 years ago presented through all of the fancy microphones and tape machines we've gotten in the meantime.  

Mastered by Carl Saff in Chicago.


AP Standard (Japanese) T-Shirt

Printed on American Apparel Standard.  Women's Medium pictured.

Japanese - Dark Gray on Asphalt.

We have checked with a few folks - it really does say "The Austerity Program" and not "I Am a Child Molester".


Nonagon MONSTERY shirt

Nonagon is watching you. They see your every move.

Gray ink on a black, 4.3 oz, 'Fine Cotton Jersey' by American Apparel.

"Manufactured responsibly. Marketed by assholes."

Design by Nick Pyle


Austerity Program - Beyond Calculation

Beyond Calculation - is an eight song LP (2014) from the Austerity Program.  

Their latest and favorite.  Guitar, bass, vocals and drum machine all cranked through 3500 watts of power and lots of speakers.  Songs about a despised albino, vengeful minor-deities and self-immolation.  You would think we each grew up Catholic.

Full analog recording and fingernail-pulling attention to detail. Like always. 

This release is available in multiple formats. Please choose one.

Controlled Burn Records Logo T-Shirt

Festoon your torso with the recently-extinct! 

Our thylacine (aka "Tasmanian Tiger") logo -designed by the amazing Diana Sudyka- is now available in textile form. Available in 2 colors and 6 sizes.

On American Apparel stock
"Responsibly Manufactured, Marketed by Assholes"


Nonagon to SF, the Austerity Program's LP drops 6/17.

Nonagon is playing the first ever West Cost PRF BBQ on Saturday, May 3 @ Leo's in San Francisco.  Should be a preeeeetty amazing event, with Kowloon Walled City, Eugene S Robinson, the Gary, the Tunnel and others.  

Tickets available here.

And the new Austerity Program record, Beyond Calculation, will be out 6/17.  More news on that in a bit, but if you live in/near Boston (4/26), Providence (4/27) or Brooklyn (5/7), you can go see them in the days ahead.  The Shows page has all the details.


What Do We Have Here?

Austerity Program New Shipment

Look at what arrived at CBR's shipping department this week. If you guessed Time Life Books' 28 Volume Series: The Civil War you would only be partially correct. That's coming next week. What we have here is The Austerity Program's record entering the final stages before its upcoming release. Soon.