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

Profile: Labyrinthine Black Metallers Mo’ynoq

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Mo’ynoq

At the turn of a new year it always seems like there’s a great race to be the first with a stunning album and Raleigh, NC’s Mo’ynoq deliver on Dreaming In A Dead Language, whether they were aiming to or not. Black metal is at the forefront here, just like on their stellar Anguish and Atonement demo and Bardo EP. But, atmospheric, post-black metal, and melody all play their significant parts to make up this outstanding full length debut. I could go on for paragraphs about how “The Collector” blew my hat back or how fast the multifaceted and deep “Buried By Regret” magically appeared on my song of the year list but it’s better to just head below and read the band’s answers to our Profile questions while listening to the included embed. Again, stellar work here by Mo’ynoq and this is one you DO NOT want to miss. Continue reading

Profile: Sludgy Noise Rockers Night Vapor

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Admittedly, I was taken aback upon my first foray into 1,000 Miles of Mud, the recently released full length from Pittsburgh’s Night Vapor. The reason is simple: this is noise rock and I’m a rabid fan of noise rock. Here’s the kicker: on first blush it seems haphazardly chaotic and sludgy but deeper investigation unraveled an album’s worth of off-kilter and damn FINE compositions. This album takes so many different roads it’s nearly absurd how much it grows on you and how quickly it happens. We recently had the chance to ask the band our set of Profile questions so keep reading to see what they had to say and hit those links to support them by buying a copy. Trust me, you need this after the glut of eoy lists and too much holiday cheer. Continue reading