Profile: Andrew Lanza of Chain Gang Grave

Acidic and grimy are just a couple of ways to describe Chain Gang Grave‘s sound on their debut full length Cement Mind. But, even that is a bit of a limiter. Death rock, death metal, sludge, noise, punk, and hardcore are the genres covered across these nine tracks which, on paper, sounds ludicrous but the way this two piece approaches this amalgamation is nothing short of astounding and electric. The production trudges through the sewers and that’s just part of this album’s glory; it’s nasty yet holds a ton of fuck you punk energy, its fangs are sharp yet wildly off kilter. This is one of those albums that comes along and kicks your teeth in but never lets go. What more can you ask for? Just ahead of this beast seeing the light of day we had the chance to pose our set of Profile questions to guitarist, bassist, and vocalist Andrew Lanza and the results can be found below. So, dig in and get your fill. Be sure to snag a copy from the links provided within.

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Profile: Chris and Butch of French Death Metallers Akiavel

Akiavel

France’s Akiavel may be a relatively new band but the impact they’ve made on the death metal scene with a self-titled EP and follow up full length V cannot be denied. The band’s touring plans may have been cut short due to the pandemic but their creative fire is at an all time high seeing as their upcoming second full length Væ Victis comes just over a year removed from their last. And, it’s a BEAST. Death metal that is brutally vicious yet ominously atmospheric is tough to pull off but this band wildly succeeds and charts a path all their own. V was a great record but Væ Victis is an excellent record with sharp songwriting and laser precise instrumentation. Definitely one you don’t want to miss. Just ahead of the album’s release, we posed our set of Profile questions to drummer Butch and guitarist Chris so head below to see how it went down.

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Profile: Eifion of Tech Proggers Arcaeon

Tech prog may have been a bit much for what Arcaeon have to offer on their just released full length Cascadence, but it fits the avant nature of what the band offers over the course of 12 tracks and 50 minutes of run time. It is technical in nature, progressive in its ideals, but heavy as hell when it needs to be. The way the band weaves soaring vocals, lead heavy riffs, and insane time signatures is next level and that’s just complementing the first couple tracks on this thing. I took note of this band back in 2018 with their EP Balance and they’ve managed to up their game in every possible way. The album is catchy, technical, forward thinking, and insanely heavy which means you need to check it out posthaste. We recently had the chance to catch up with bassist Eifion to get the scoop on all things Arcaeon so check it out below and be sure to secure a copy from the links contained within.

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Profile: William Bigcrow of Deathgrinders Narcissistic Necrosis

For any brutal death metal/deathgrind fans that missed out on Narcissistic Necrosis’ debut full length, The Art of Deformity last August, now is a good chance to rectify that. This entity got its start as a one man death machine back in 2014 but has slowly evolved into a full fledged-band but not before founder, vocalist, and guitarist William Bigcrow had all the songs written for what would become said debut. Their lyrical topics range from religious hypocrisy, narcissism, and misanthropy to name a few, and their music perfectly aligns to the cavalcade of spikes present in each of those topics. Over the course of ten tracks and just over thirty minutes, the band leaves an indelible mark with blasts, wails, guttural anomalies, and barbed grind. We recently posed our set of Profile questions to William for a bit of backstory so head directly below to see how it went down.

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