Profile: Atlanta’s Noise Rockers Palaces

Unless you’re either an Atlanta concert lizard or a huge fan of noise rock, chances are you’ve never heard of Palaces. And truly, that’s a damn shame. BUT, the band is readying their first output since 2012 in the form of Hellas Chasma and it’s a cavalcade of brutal noise rock that at times eschews the genre for grind, punk or hardcore. Plainly put, this is a nine headed beast that ain’t for the faint of heart. Just ahead of the album’s release we had the chance to pose our set of Profile questions to the trio so head inside to see what they had to say. And by all means, hit the links contained within to show them support!

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Receiving the Evcharist: Sprain and Wolf Camp

Receiving the Evcharist 2018

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: Sprain’s As Lost Through Collision and Little Beast Brewing Company’s Wolf Camp.   Continue reading

Rainbows in the Dark: Reptoid — “Worship False Gods”

One-man bands are nothing new to the heavy music scene.  Black metal in particular seems to have a monopoly on the concept of one person locked in their house, recording every instrument and doing all the vocals.  Other people’s minds might jump to a strange looking guy with a bass drum strapped to his back, tambourines on the ankles, accordion and trumpet blaring atonally.  Reptoid, on the other hand, takes a “one-man” approach on Worship False Gods that’s closer to the latter in structure (and maybe lyrical concept), but with the finesse and precision of the former.

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Profile: Paul Goings of Baton Rouge’s Shadow People

Noise rock, when done properly, elicits images of washed out lethargy from the underbelly of nastiness yet comfortable like a familiar bed. Confused? If so, you haven’t experienced the right noise rock yet. This is a genre that is unlike any other in the sense that the artists feelings, experiences, or general life outlook directly reflects in the music and thus, us as listeners can relate in one way or another. Who hasn’t faced adversity? Depression? Gutter thoughts? Face it, we all have but to varying degrees. Noise artists get to express these feelings through their music and we get to experience it from a safe distance but through the lens of our own tribulations making this a unique line of music. Baton Rouge’s Shadow People are a prime example of a band that knows how to do it, and do it right, even though they ride a thin line between this, sludge and hardcore. Their fourth effort Washing In Soap Opera is short but its barbs last long after the final note plays. As you’ll read below, bassist Paul Goings is as unabashedly no-bullshit in his answers as the music is truthful about the darker side of life most of us will only ever experience through song. The answers contained within and this EP is well worth your time so read up and hit those links to snag a copy for yourself. Trust me on this.

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Rainbows in the Dark: Baby Birds — “An Olive Branch Wrapped in Barbed Wire”

Did you miss us?  We missed you.  I guess I’m going by “we” now, which may be the result of the time-space distortion that seems to be the norm for most of us, but the important thing is that Rainbows is back from an unanticipated leave, and we’ve got more post-punk/noise rock goodness for you courtesy of Houston, Texas, newcomers Baby Birds and their debut offering An Olive Branch Wrapped in Barbed Wire, which turns out to be anything but the typical post-punk affair.  It’s Rainbows in the Dark, bringing you the best of all things non-metal and metal-adjacent. Continue reading