Profile: Psych-Surf, Proto-Punk Rockers The Bad Larry’s

The Bad Larry's
The Bad Larry’s

Psych-surf / proto-punk band The Bad Larry’s just released their latest album Hodads last week and if a surf inspired Reverend Horton Heat appeals to you then this is the album you need to quench that thirst. It’s a roaring good time and if you’re in the mindset of taking a beach vacation these nine tracks will help in a big way. The silky smooth surf vibes interspersed with post-punk attitude and killer grooves are a winner in my book. Just behind the album’s release we had the opportunity to ask the band our set of Profile questions so head inside to see what they had to say and hit that embed link to grab your own copy of Hodads. Continue reading

Album Review: Grave Pleasures – “Motherblood”

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Their history reads like a bad fantasy novel: Out of the ashes of the Beastmilk arise the Grave Pleasures. It’s a 3rd level wizard spell in Dungeons & Dragons, but it’s also the reality as the former Beastmilk release their second album as Grave Pleasures.  The name may change but the sound remains the same: hook-laden hard rock heavily dosed with goth that slithers and worms its way into your brain.  That Motherblood does so better than any of their previous releases in either incarnation is no surprise when you dig deeper.    Continue reading

Rainbows in the Dark: Dead Register – “Fiber”

It’s nearly a given at this point in heavy music that genre lines are far more blurred than they were even ten years ago. As the tendrils of post-metal, ambient music, and shoegaze crept into black metal, death metal, and doom metal (and vice versa), it suddenly became much harder to classify bands with a rigid genre tag. The same has happened with a good amount of music tangential to metal: Post-punk has always been viewed as the big brother (or father, even) of goth rock, new wave, and industrial, but the beginning of each sound was fairly self-contained in its origins until artists started integrating more textures. It’s interesting, then, when all these worlds collide at once; Atlanta-based trio Dead Register have crafted an absolutely stunning debut with Fiber, which seamlessly coalesces influences from gothic rock, shoegaze, doom metal, and some “post” tendencies, both rock and metal.  Continue reading

Album Review: Alaric – “End of Mirrors”

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Cover artwork by Kevin Gan Yuen

British punk rock, which was built from American blues, soul and early R&B, gave birth to many forms of music. For children of the 80s across the pond in rural America none were more important than post-punk, goth and, eventually, industrial and metal. Even saccharin pop acts like Spandau Ballet started out as aggressive, groove-oriented bands playing dancehalls in London. Thus, the goth movement is built on more than just pale faces and platform boots. The bands are not only talented and compositionally sound but also inspirational and, for the most part, they sound happier than their genre would imply. Alaric lean heavily on the post-punk school of British goth-tinged rock for their sound and on End of Mirrors they achieve a rebirth of the genre not seen in America since 1980s Christian Death or 1990s Switchblade Symphony. Continue reading