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Eternal Sleep absolutely rules. They hail from Pittsburgh, PA and they play some of the most headbang-worthy music that is on the market right now. If you like anything from Crowbar to current heavy-hardcore bands like Xibalba, you'll probably be very into this band. You may recognize them from previous efforts Deathright and Unreal City. Their debut EP "Lessons" can be downloaded/purchased at the bandcamp above. I also posted a 2-song free download from the EP. Songs "Easily" and "Terrible Sound" can be downloaded for free there. Check them out.
The debut LP from south Florida's Losin' It. No Apology takes the hard, fast, and up-front approach from the Danger Zone 7" and cranks it up a notch or two, OR TEN. If you like Gorilla Biscuits, Stop and Think, or just awesome hardcore, you will dig this.
Bastard Deceiver return with the follow up to their impressive demo release from earlier this year. Crushing crust punk influenced powerviolence from Tampa, this release cements them as one of the finest extreme bands Florida has offered up in quite some time. Be sure to catch them on their upcoming tour if they are coming into your area, of which you can find the dates below:
Code Orange Kids are a band most readers of the blog are quite familiar with at this point, having been on the rise since the release of their demo in 2010. Between then and now they put out two extremely well received releases in the form of the Embrace Me/Erase Me Cassette and Cycles 7 inch and engaged in quite a bit of touring before being picked up by deathwish inc for this release, their debut full length, and right away you can tell that their time grinding away on the road has been quite beneficial to them.
The first thing that hit me with this record was the stunning boost in recording quality, courtesy of the always on point Kurt Ballou of Godcity Studios/Converge fame. The recording is loud, crisp and clear and perfectly captures the raw nature of the band. The songwriting in general has taken a huge step forward, and this stands as the finest and most cohesive collection of songs the band has written to date. Given the young age of most of the members this perhaps isn't surprising, but there is a refreshing youthful energy and hunger in these songs that sets them uniquely apart from many of the bands in the scene today. The band cares little for genre conventions as well, even dipping quite successfully into post rock during the song "Colors (Into Nothing)". This song and other brief moments of calm allow for breathing room on an otherwise relentlessly heavy and chaotic record, which features some crushing slow sections that lean more towards doom metal then the band has before.
Fans of the band's previous records are bound to be more then satisfied with this debut offering from Code Orange Kids, and those who initially dismissed or have yet to hear the band might just turn their heads when they give a listen to this extremely impressive first LP. It is always great to see an exciting new band deliver on their promise in spades, and I and no doubt many others are looking forward to what the future holds for the band.
Alright, lets go ahead and get this out of the way: Converge has been my favorite hardcore/metal band and band in general for a good number of years now. When I first picked up Jane Doe at the record store across the street from my high school based on the artwork alone, I had only slightly explored hardcore and more extreme music in general for a short amount of time, and it was both unfamilar and instantly intriguing to me from the first listen, incredibly abrasive but drawing me in at the same time. Over a decade from it's release it still gives me that same feeling of excitement to this day, and is one of a small number of hardcore releases that still does. It's the album that put me on a steadfast path to discovering more music with this sense of urgency, raw emotion and sincerity, and it's one of the key records responsible for my love of hardcore and extreme music today. But enough about Jane Doe, this is about their new album, and one hell of an album it is indeed.
Converge now stands at a staggering 22 years of being a band, an
incredible amount of time for any band, let alone one so prolific and
extreme.This new record shows a band that continues to push their limits and boundaries, as well as return to the a more organic production style the bears the stripped down rawness of You Fail Me. "Aimless Arrow" opens the record and sets a blistering pace that is congruent through the majority of the record with a few standout exceptions like the methodical assault of "A Glacial Pace" and the crushing stoner/doom influenced "Coral Blue", the latter containing a soaring chorus that is surprising in the best way possible.
I could go song through song because every track is memorable, but I'll just leave it at this:This is some of the darkest, heaviest and most volatile material the band has released to date, period. A bold statement given this band's previous records. And as many fans of the bands are growing older and into adult lives themselves, the lyrics reflect the strain of working constantly and devoting all your time and energy at the cost of stress to yourself and those you care about. Take the opening lines of the closing track "Predatory Glow":
"I've found myself
running out of time
relating to those that
just stopped trying
clinging to those little things
and the light they bring
i bow down to you
Lyrics like this are why no matter how far they push their sound and boundaries genre wise, Converge will always be a hardcore band in both spirit and message. Even more than 20 years after their inception, they are releasing records that prove why they are a band with an incredible amount of imitators and very few peers, and continue to stay relevant while many bands cash in, burn out or fade away. One of my favorite releases of the year, and an essential listen for all fans of extreme music.
Today sees the release of the self-titled 7" from the UK's scuzzy Hardcore brothers, Let It Die. Released via Church Of Fuck, Moshtache Records & Dead Chemists Records this is a shot of hard-riffing, raw-blasting Hardcore limited to 300 on beautiful purple wax.
Church Of Fuck have sold out of their allotted copies already but Moshtache and Dead Chemists still have copies so grab one while you can!
You can also check out it via the Bandcamp where you can stream the whole thing or download it for a measly few pounds/bucks:
A few months ago I posted Menace's new EP "Agony." It received some love, so now I'm bringing you a music video for the track "Infamous" on the EP. Filmed by Matt Spencer(https://www.youtube.com/user/fishbrains)
The first experience I had of Ilsa was in a cramped basement in DC on tour. The band has to be the most motley crew of individuals. They don't fit the mold of the typical death metal band, nor do they look like the token (pun intended) sludge/stoner band. But who cares about that because when they started to play they blew me away. Super heavy and crushing Death infused Sludge (or sludge infused Death Metal it doesn't really matter) with seriously killer vocals. I am ashamed to say despite their excellent performance, and the sheer amount of times that people told me to listen to their records, I have to admit that sitting down with their new record is the first time I have had a chance to check them out recorded.
The first thing that you hear when listening to the record is an introduction. Arguably the introduction is perfect set up for the mood of the rest of the record. It isn't going to catch you by surprise or force your attention, but it is an interesting and minimal start for what will become quite an interesting record. I would love if the first notes of the record, in juxtaposition with the intro, hit a bit more aggressively but this is something that I had to abandon early, because while the record is very evil and heavy it doesn't really have the bite and the intensity of the typical Death Metal record. I have to admit that I wanted it to be something it really isn't at first, something that within a few minutes I realized it shouldn't be. I wanted it to be more swedish death metal, with not necessarily the HM2 sound but a bit more chainsaw buzz to the guitar. But it is important to know that this is not a Death Metal record, I actually think it is closer to a true sludge record, so what should you expect, super doomy guitar tones that aren't going to rip open your ear drums, but will pound you head down.
If you go into this record wanted to typical flavor of the year, cookie cutter entombed worship, you are doing yourself a disservice. Ilsa have crafted a sound so much more interesting than that, so much more creative. They take aspects of many different metal genres, and from them create Ilsa. I would highly recommend this record, but it is definitely not for everyone. If you have a short attention span, if you like your metal to be fast always, or if you are not open minded enough to give it a shot then you may want to pass on this record, but if you like your metal fast and then slow, if you like your doom to be filled with drone, then you may be waiting on your favorite record of the year.
Nothing are one of A389’s newer and softer signings, much like their label-mates and contemporaries Anne, Nothing provide top notch shoegaze/ dreampop, although unlike Anne, Nothing are more droney, making use of the wall of sound technique found in bands like My Bloody Valentine, Lilys, Whirr, and True Widow. Downward Years to come, Nothing’s debut LP starts off abruptly and seems to set the stage with the dissonant sounding song “The Dives (Lazarus In Ashes)” which upon first hearing it had me saying “holy fuck” once the song picks up at 10 seconds in. The next song, the title track and first single the band released off the album “Downward Years to Come” has come to be one of my favorite dreampop songs in a while, even overshadowing any song off of Whirr’s Pipe Dreams which was my favorite shoegaze/ dreampop release of recent years until I heard this album. While being only 5 songs long (which would seem to not be sufficient for an LP) the run time on each song clocks in at about 5 minutes each, and with the way this album flows, you won’t even know how much time has passed since each song seems to merge right into the next one building up and building up until the song If Only and coming down with the last track on the album The Rites of Love and Death (which while the softest song on the album, is my favorite). As stated before Downward Years to Come has taken the spot as my favorite dreampop/ shoegaze album of recent times since to me it combines all of the elements I love about the genre: wall of sound, drone, noise and even the dissonant vocals (which are more decipherable than most bands of the genre). All in all this album is beautiful sounding and will be rounding out my fall playlist now.
Rating: 5/5 I have no complaints about this album at all, if it were longer it'd be too much actually. The fact that it is 5 songs and seems to all be tied in conceptually makes it more appealing.
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