Current events have been a bitch for artists the world over but for Brooklyn rockers, Netherlands, it’s afforded the opportunity to double down on creating music. Last week the band released their fifth full length Zombie Techno via frontman Timo Ellis‘s Records and Tapes Records imprint and it’s another in a long line that’s incredibly hard to pin down but for those of you living under a rock and completely unaware, their sound is somewhere between sludge, pop, avantmetal, and heavy as heck with amazing vocals. It’s catchy, entertaining, unique and carries a powerful message. So, yeah…if you like Netherlands, it’s time to get excited and if you don’t know, it’s time to get acquainted.
I never guessed I’d come to a point where I was standing at the crossroads between hardcore and melodic power pop/punk, but here we are, gazing into the odd juxtaposition of Natur, the new album by the Norwegian assault of Ondt Blood. Filled with equal parts cutting aggression and an almost sunny sense of late 90s punk riffage, its melodic sense is entirely couched in a riotous call to arms against the oppression against the Sami, the indigenous peoples of Norway who, similar to many other cultures around the world are being wasted away by policies aimed to benefit everyone but themselves. This anger and alignment with the downtrodden is carried through in the waves of sound that require no translation. Continue reading