Profile: Shon of Synapse Defect

Synapse Defect
Synapse Defect

Last month Atlanta transplants Synapse Defect released Gridsludge, a single taken from their upcoming album Quantitative Easing. The band identifies as a cross between death metal and grindcore which, based on this single, is a fair take. But that’s not the complete picture, one run through of the track and technical, mathy and even alienesque seem to paint the complete picture. Behind the single’s release and ahead of the album we had the opportunity to ask Shon our set of Profile questions so head inside to see what he had to say and while you’re there take a listen to Gridsludge. Continue reading

Album Review: The King Is Blind – “We Are the Parasite, We Are the Cancer”

The King is Blind - We Are the Parasite We Are the Cancer.

Heavy is a subjective term when it comes to metal fans and, as such, largely depends on the listener. What’s heavy to one may not be to another, and don’t even get me started on “status quo” because honestly that’s boring as hell. Regardless of where you stand on it, heavy is precisely what The King Is Blind have up their sleeve on sophomore full length We Are the Parasite, We Are the Cancer and it’s not just in their rugged music but also in their continuing message of religion, death, destruction and how all this affects the world as we know it.  Continue reading

Profile: Max Lindstrom of God Mother

God Mother
God Mother – pic courtesy of Stephen Odom

Sweden has produced many of metal’s outstanding acts over the years and this tradition continues with God Mother who will be releasing their second full length, Vilseledd, on October 20 via Party Smasher Inc. The band’s combination of grind, sludge and hardcore defies easy one word genre classification and is as much at home during spastic flurries of angular dissonance as it is with noisy experimentation. If the band’s debut Maktbehov impressed with its no-holds barred approach, Vilseledd ups the ante with a matured fury that said debut only dreamed of. Ahead of the album’s release we got the chance to ask guitarist Max Lindstrom our set of Profile questions so head inside to see what he had to say and by all means, take a listen while you’re at it.

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Album Review: Helpless – “Debt”

Helpless - Debt

Occasionally, promotional materials for upcoming albums can be…misleading or a little off. But the opening statement of “Fuck.” for debut full length Debt from Helpless is as on point as anything I’ve ever seen. Pulling on references such as early Gaza and Converge can be a slippery slope but this band from the U.K. knows a thing or two about how to put together a bunker bomb built simply to rip eardrums to shreds.  Continue reading

Second Circle: Leng Tch’e and BLK OPS//Cave Bastard

Second Circle

In Dante’s Inferno, the second circle begins the proper punishment of Hell, a place where “no thing gleams.” It is reserved for those overcome with Lust, where carnal appetites hold sway over reason. In Nine Circles, it’s where we do shorter reviews of new (ish) albums that share a common theme.

For this edition of Second Circle we are taking a look at Leng Tche‘s Razorgrind and a Split between BLK OPS and Cave Bastard. A perfect fit for a Monday so follow me to get your grind on. Continue reading