After five long years Vomit Fist just released Omnicide and it seriously challenges the basis for genre tagging in the sense that they’ve taken the blackened grindcore from their debut, Forgive But Avenge, and molded it into a forward thinking art form. It’s wild, reckless abandon one second and jazzy exploration the next but even that explanation is selling its many successes short. Then there’s the fantastic lyrical narrative here that continues the story from the debut and the words themselves which are, again, their own art form. To put it another way, there’s so much to unpack with this album that a few sincere listens just won’t cut it, it deserves some serious time and attention to truly capture everything the band has to offer. So, head below for the details. Continue reading →
Receiving the Evcharist is our weekly feature where we pair choice albums with our favorite libations. Drink from the cup of heresy. This week’s offering: Cloud Rat’s Pollinator and Golden State Cider Company’s Hamaica Cider. Continue reading →
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.
In today’s edition of Second Circle we take a look at the latest releases from grind legends, who happen to share a magnificent collaborative past (Gridlink, Hayaino Daisuki) and have now reached stunning creative apexes with their respective new albums. Whether it is pure serendipity or part of a divine plan that these albums are released on the same day only adds to their allure. So let’s dive head first into the unhinged brilliance of Takafumi Matsubara and No One Knows What The Dead Think. Continue reading →
Receiving the Evcharist is our weekly feature where we pair choice albums with our favorite libations. Drink from the cup of heresy. This week’s offering: Full of Hell’s Weeping Choir and Oskar Blues Brewing Company’s Guns ‘N’ Rosé. Continue reading →
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 →