Album Review: Jesus Piece – “Only Self”

Jesus Piece - Only Self

The first thing that struck me was the cover: minimal and visceral in the way the best 80s hardcore was.  Song titles right there on the front for you.  Over the past 30+ years hardcore has gone through so many permutations it’s hard to find a pure vein that stokes  the bludgeoning muscular attack of yesteryear, but Philadelphia’s Jesus Piece has it nailed with a bloody fist to wall on debut full length Only Self.    Continue reading

Initial Descent: August 19 – 25, 2018

Bummer
Bummer

In case you missed it or just need a podcast to get you through Monday, we featured our July album of the month late last week and you can listen right here. It was nearly a full house and absolutely a ton of fun was had so check it out. Alright then, a new week means new metal and lots of it…

Kansas City’s noise rock champs Bummer offer up their debut full length Holy Terror which lands on the dirty, grungy side of the genre but – lucky for me – that falls squarely in my wheelhouse and simply put, this album is everything I look for in noise rock. King Dude returns with Music To Make War To and the Dude continues his journey as one of the best dark neofolk artists around. Netherlands are a busy bunch having not long ago released an EP and now are back with their next full length Black Gaia — there’s entirely too many good things to say about this wildly experimental band from Brooklyn so I’ll leave it at: GO BUY IT. And, closing out the opening slots is the chunky, heavy as concrete, violent as a hammer to the face metallic hardcore of Jesus Piece on their debut Only Self.

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CANTO: Kvelertak, Behemoth, Tengger Cavalry and more!

 

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I had two tests today, and I’m basically brain dead. This will be short. Here goes:

  • Leading off, Kvelertak frontman Erlend Hjelvik announced his departure from the band this morning. I’m bummed. Wasn’t nuts about 2016’s Nattesferd, of course, but those first two albums are still gold — plus, Erlend was a big part of what made these guys so great in a live setting. We’ll see what happens from here.
  • Behemoth announced its fall Ecclesia Diabolica North America tour, with support from At the Gates and Wolves in the Throne Room. Kinda feels like the Carcass / Deafheaven / Inter Arma trek a few years back; I’m here for all these guys, but none of them really make a ton of sense with the others? Oh well.
  • Apparently, Tengger Cavalry is back together, and has a new song out called “Heart” out. Cool?
  • More tour dates! Obscura, Beyond Creation, Archspire and good gawd, y’all, I need to be at this show. September 27 at Voltage Lounge, I’m comin’ for ya.
  • Decibel announced a couple of more bands for the forthcoming West Coast edition of its annual Metal and Beer Fest. Joining the ranks now are The Black Dahlia Murder, Khemmis and Trappist. It’s not a competition, but…so far, this version’s beating the Philly one pretty handily.
  • And finally, we’ve got one left over from the weekend: Philly hardcore crew Jesus Piece dropped a new tune that the kids might describe as “flames.” Check out “Neuroprison” below:

The band’s new album, Only Self, will be out August 24 via Southern Lord. Pre-orders are available on both Bandcamp, as well as the label’s website. That’ll do it for now — check back soon for more!

Keep it heavy,
Dan

Donuts & CANTO: Satyricon, Pelican, Today is the Day and more!

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Satyricon

July 13, 2017

Good morning, it’s time to metal. Here’s some news you might have missed from yesterday:

    • Leading off, Satyricon has revealed the title of its upcoming album: Deep Calleth Upon Deep. It’s the band’s ninth studio record, and will drop September 22 via Napalm Records. You can peep the cover art here.

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Best of 2015: Matt Fitton’s List

Best 2015

2015 was a weird one for me. I’m still very new around these parts, but some of you may know me already. I had a very transitional first half of the year where I lost a long term job, I left my native homeland and I moved to pastures new for what turned out to be a buttload more opportunity in both my work life and my social life. Nottingham played host to some truly killer shows this year! But throughout the ups and downs the almighty riffs of years past kept me all warm and tingly inside, and as a consequence of upheaval it wasn’t until the second half of this year that I really began to experience new material. Some of the following gems landed quite late on in the past twelve months, but don’t let anybody ever tell you that this year was a slow one for the good stuff. 2015 was indeed “rad times” in musically heavy terms, so here’s my favorite nine releases of the year…

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