Sunday, November 19, 2017

Gatecreeper - Sweltering Madness (2017)

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Here's a good example of an EP that forces the appreciator to be patient for a new full-length, with all the promise of heavier than thou hardcore for something like thirty minutes but feels like one hour of chest pounding neanderthal hardcore that sounds like dudes who like Bolt Thrower but want to play Buried Alive songs. The production is mirky as a swamp and the entire mix is meaty as a butcher shop in Utah, which is, I think, what makes it better than the release Gatecreeper put out on Relapse in 2016. I'm hoping they stick with Closed Casket Activities for the next release.
Move like a troglodyte, listen to Sweltering Madness.

Sweltering Madness (bandcamp)

Friday, November 17, 2017

Exit Order - Seed of Hysteria (2017)

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Just got turned onto this one a few days back, and It's hard for me not to like something that sounds like Norway's Dark Times playing an amalgamation of punk and hardcore throughout the years caked in a filthy noise carapace. It's easy to get into, so get into it.

Seed of Hysteria (bandcamp)

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Svartidauði - Untitled (2017)

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Found this Svartidauði EP in my email today and felt coagulated blood rush to my private parts in anticipated excitement, as is appropriate whenever Svartidauði release anything new. They have earned that response from me and everyone else with a brain inside their skull. I've seen these guys live a few times and every time earns them unequivocal future loyalty from me, and yet I still don't know who the members are, despite definitely having a few Icelandic friends who do. I'm just curious to know if the drummer is half man half adderall induced octopus. Birkir?

Dig in you runts.

Untitled (bandcamp)

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Soupcans - Pleasure Overdose (2017)

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I spelled my name with a Ouija board and crawled to the mirror only to find out I was possessed all along and it is all because of Montreal Speeeeeeed, bud. It ain't Soft Party but Soupcans remain tight since 2010 and Pleasure Overdose is more frantic and sloppy (good sloppy dumbo) and all over the map pulled apart in every direction and Blank Jello sounds like a song Dean Dirg would write, so that's pretty tight too .Ontario punk has me thinking Strange Attractor should have an album out soon? Drink to forget.

Pleasure Overdose (bandcamp)

Monday, November 13, 2017

Amenra - Mass VI (2017)

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I sure as frig haven't listened to the bulk of releases that came out this year, but I gotta say I've been really optimistic with what I've heard thus far and Mass VI by Amenra is right up there with the fuckin' cream of the crop man, maybe even the album of the year for me, it's what I needed to hear when I didn't even know it. Absolutely floored and covered in my own piss and semen, I don't know why I am, but I am.

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It's important to talk about the atmosphere of Mass VI, because it's heavy like a dead dog on your birthday and as digestible as steel wool slathered in cheese whiz and it's to the credit of everything that makes this album so good; Mass VI makes me want to care less than I already do when I'm at my worst, even with the many driving sections of incredible optimism lies something languorous, dragging like an emotional anchor, dead fucking weight albeit not fatalist and whiny. It's hard not to tie in your own negative emotions, using the rancorous wall of sound as a battering ram to form a cathartic like state because somehow this feels personal, and that's what a great album does, it resonates, negative or not.

The absolute desperation in Colin's vocals are what set Amenra apart from other similar bands, strikingly palpable as he heaves up bile and wrings out emotions with his tortured delivery, and the moments of clean singing provide a different type of dismal backdrop, harrowing and visceral in their own right that strike a chord of emotion; ennui. This contrast is rarely achieved with similar success. It's a well oiled machine all the way down to the snare pop and the gurgle of the bass to the dissonant wall of guitar whirr, which is to say the production is impetuous and the songwriting is impregnable, with no faults to speak of. Everyone wants to slap around 'best album of the year' to anything decent, but Mass VI is above such objective opinion, it is known fact that this is one of the strongest releases  in an all encompassing sense dummies.

Can't help but appreciate that album cover as a piece of dreary art worthy of castles and mortuaries.

Mass VI (bandcamp)

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Rope Sect - Personae Ingratae (2017)

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Listening to Rope Sect reminds me of when I first heard the Ghost debut album, back when they were good, and unmoved and a breath of fresh air in a stale musical cellar. That's the only comparison between the two bands I wish to draw comparison as I imagine other bedroom bloggers have heinously done and I think it's wrong. Rope Sect is instantly catchy, and that only festers and gestates with each listen. Sounding like nothing and everything all at once, it wouldn't be right to pigeonhole Rope Sect as it seems the pot they draw their collective tastes from is a big bubbling cauldron, the stock prominently being a post-punk blend of gothic rock.

I'm completely contented with myself for stumbling onto this, and I'll probably listen to this album too much instead of taking the time to digest the new Bell Witch or the entire 'Mass' collection by Belgian gods Amenra... or maybe not. You'd be a real meathead to ignore this one though.

Personae Ingratae (bandcamp)

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And here's a very tight two song EP they put out a few months after this one;

Friday, November 10, 2017

Wending Tide - The Painter (2017)

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Wending Tide put out their debut EP at the end of this month on the venerable Naturmacht Productions label. Expect ferocity from these guys. I surmise most of you reading this can get behind it.

The Painter (bandcamp)

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Horn and Hooves - Morbid Lust (2017)

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Found this EP on the Whisper from the Coffin page and figured this blog crypt needed more filth and sleaze in the form of thrash and black metal executed like a sloppy orgy among maligned lepers and plebs. Invoke, Morbid Lust.

Morbid Lust (bandcamp)

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Yellow Eyes - Immersion Trench Reverie (2017)

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In order to be more consistent with my posts I am going to forfeit my nature to be a dummy idiot that is overly pertinent and pedantic and just get to simplifying the post at hand. Here it goes.

This is Yellow Eyes, they come from New York and they play a very unique style of black metal that, like most black metal, is of a different cloth than its progenitors, and like a lot of other unique black metal, it works well. Woe to the purists. I have been listening fondly to Yellow Eyes since they put out Silence Threads The Evening Cloth, and I remember one particular riff from the title track song  (right at the 02:00 minute mark in the song) would get lodged in my head with a unknown ancestral potency to me, until I finally realized it shared the exact melody to a old Hungarian song that I was forced to sit through at church in my tortured youth.

I'll summate. Yellow Eyes don't churn out cold and grim black metal, instead the tone is that of warmth but still bleak and all for nothing. Join the void.

Immersion Trench Reverie (bandcamp) digital $6

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Cepheide - Saudade (2017)

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I haven't listened to all of Cepheide's Saudade as I write this, but from what I have heard thus far I think they have generally succeeded in exactly the way they intended; Ephemeral sounding black metal rife with atmosphere inside a post-metal exoskeleton. I quite liked the release on Fallen Empire (as I generally do with most releases on Fallen Empire) they put out in 2015, and even though they jumped labels (?) I'll be giving this one a chance.

Saudade (bandcamp)

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Celeste - Infidèle(s) (2017)

Forgive me father for I have sinned, it's been 2 months since my last post. I've been keeping real busy dissolving my being into a strange reality, and now I am distilled and calm and back to this weird virtual astral plane, so let's chew some fat.

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Firstly, I think Celeste is near perfect. As a sonic entity they are a monolithic force of distilled negative energy, marinating in a plasmid of elemental nihilism and pessimism and heavily brined in piss and vinegar and the crocodile tears of the doomed youth of today. They write songs with immense energy that draw from a breadth of influence running the gamut of black and doom metal to post-hardcore with the filthiness of crust and a dense wall of sound that is entirely besieged in feedback and caked in noise.

Infidèle(s) is a perfect listen to me and it will be one of the albums I point a finger at to be among the cream of the crop for albums released in 2017, and I don't want that to be understated as this year has had no famine of quality releases; Vulture's The Guillotine, Bestia Arcana's Holókauston, Elder's Reflections of a Floating World to drop a few names, have all put out albums of exemplary and unquestionable quality among their peers.

Infidèle(s, like anything Celeste has released, is a barrage of sonic negativity take takes form in a thick layer of whirring guitars and drums that have always been produced immaculately against vocals that cough up bile and blood in disenchanted belches of frustration and pure ennui. There is a "something" to their sound I can't pinpoint that they themselves only seem to have, a idiosyncracy unique to their result. Or, as the French would say "Je ne said quoi. Merde tette".

Celeste - Infidèle(s (bandcamp)

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Hair of the Dog - This World Turns (2017)

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This fucker has more grooves than your grandmothers wrinkled neck. It's got a lot of meaty hooks lined with gristle for you to chew on for hours. Strengthen those weak jaws. No frills, all killer no spiller, Psych rock with glances at blues and doom gone retrograde. Dig in fiend.

This World Turns (bandcamp)