He’s back! Our brother from the north and black metal maven Jonathan Petkau (Domestikwom, Dudeist Priests, Spacekau, Respectably Loud, etc.) has taken the metaphorical pen in hand to draft up some words on his favorite music of 2017. Without further ado, here’s Jon!
On a global scale, 2017 was a garbage fire of a year, and 2018 doesn’t show any signs of dying down. It is so omnipresent it often overshadows the personal goals I was able to achieve this year. I put out two EPs (one featuring one of my all-time favourite guitarists), as well as my first full-length album which for so many reasons is one of the things I’m most proud of (after family, etc.). If we all go out in nuclear fire or global warming floods tomorrow, at least I was able to get that one in under the wire (nervous laughter).
To combat the void staring us all in the face, I’d like to talk about the music that made me happy, because talking about said music also makes me happy. And if you in turn find that reading this makes you happy, fantastic.
This list will be alphabetical and not ranked: doing so at this point would not encourage my happiness. Continue reading →
Chepang are a US based “immigrant core”band. I first heard them last year, when they released their EP, Lathi Charge. This impressive debut release was hailed by webzines around the world. The band released their first full length album, Dadhelo, last week. The album is a more complex and intense listen compared to Lathi Charge and after multiple listens, I can tell you that it is not your run of the mill grindcore release. I spoke to guitarist Kshitiz Moktan aka Grandmaster Bhudey about Dadhelo, recording the album and their upcoming shows.Continue reading →
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 the band our set of Profile questions so head inside to see what they had to say and while you’re there take a listen to Gridsludge. Continue reading →
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 →
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.