Profile: Nick from Ontario’s Sludgy Hardcore Punishers Minors

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Minors

2017 saw the debut release, Atrophy, from Ontario’s Minors which was an explosion of sludge fueled hardcore that seemed just as intent to cause harm as it was to drag earlobes through the mud and muck. The band’s sophomore outing, Abject Bodies, will hit the masses later this month and it’s another exploration into just how heavy handed sludge and hardcore can be. And particularly so since this quartet has tightened up their already bulletproof approach. Hints of Primitive Man and Converge come flying from the speakers on “Consumed” while a track like “Flesh Prison” relies on caustic grooves and relentless pacing. It’s this back and forth that the band excels at even better this time out but the production and overall delivery here will leave jaws firmly planted on floors the world over. Ahead of Abject Bodies street date we had the chance to ask guitarist Nick our set of Profile questions so read on to see what he had to say and be sure to grab a copy from the links contained within while you’re here. Continue reading

Profile: Reno Gooch of Fuzz-xperimental Metallers Space Coke

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Back in December, S.C.’s Space Coke released their debut full length L’appel Du Vide on Mystery School Records and we’re still making sense of it all. That’s not a knock in the slightest though, it’s meant as a compliment to the band’s approach to all things fuzzy and stoner…ish. The net they cast is wide and covers everything from the classic metal vibe of Sabbath to riff driven hard rock to psychedelic haze and, to top it off, a touch of punk for good measure. If it sounds like a discombobulated mixture, it is but it’s an interesting and vastly different beast of an album. We spoke to guitarist and vocalist Reno Gooch to get a behind the scenes look so head below to get the scoop. Continue reading

Profile: James Andrew Lee of Kingston Upon Hull Bruisers Mastiff

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Mastiff

One thing that can never be said about the UK’s Mastiff is that they’re not heavy or not heavy enough. And somehow, on their second full length — and first for APF Records — Plague, the band is at their absolute heaviest, musically and lyrically. Their concoction of hardcore, grind, and sludge seethes with aggressive and downtrodden misanthropy complete with enough frustration and hatred for the status quo to last ten lifetimes. If it sounds dark and menacing that’s because it is and was built that way. Experiencing Plague is the closest thing to actually living through one and coming out the back side scarred and bruised for life – such is the power of Mastiff. We recently asked guitarist James Andrew Lee our set of Profile questions and he was an absolute champ with his answers that shine a light on him, the band and its background. Head below to see what he had to say and DO NOT miss out on Plague — we’ve included some handy links specifically for that purpose. Continue reading

Profile: B.R. of Blackened Death Metallers Aempyrean

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India’s Aempyrean released their death thrashing EP Fireborn late last year and the tremors of said EP can still be felt. Yea well, that was probably over the top but in all seriousness, these five tracks are savagely divine. Plus, any band that can pull off a wicked, top shelf cover of Morbid Angel’s “Chapel of Ghouls” on their debit outing gets a serious vote in my book. For those that like their death and thrash metal blackened and uncompromising, Fireborn is the cure. We recently had the chance to ask vocalist B.R. our set of Profile questions so head below to see what he had to say and if you missed out in December, now’s your chance to rectify that with the links included. Continue reading

Profile: Michael Connors of Black Metallers Unendlich

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Baltimore’s black metal entity known as Unendlich return next month with their latest full length Thanataphobia which comes quickly on the heels of last year’s EP Misanthropic Sedition. Unendlich, in German, means infinite / without end and that would certainly make sense with their quantity of output since forming nearly five years ago but in this context it would seem it’s a descriptor of mastermind Michael Connors plentiful creativity. He has found unique ways to meld Scandinavian and US black metal into a melodic force with philosophical lyrics and ideals in lieu of your standard satanic fare. And with Thanataphobia, the sound is pristine and clear which is a welcome progression from their previous outings. Ahead of the album’s release, we had the chance to mull over our Profile questions with Connors and he was more than gracious in giving us the details. Head directly below to see what he had to say and if you like what you hear from the embed, throw him some support. Continue reading