Profile: Tom Colello and Salvatore Rex of the Awe Inspiring Doomtroop Sigils

Sigils

One listen to “Faceless” is all it took to hook us completely on Sigils debut full length You Built the Altar, You Lit the Leaves. Pallbearer and YOB are the obvious RIYL jump off points but those only scratch the surface of the emanations from a band that’s endured a world completely devoid of feeling for anyone or anything different from what is tragically considered the norm. These four songs are occult, haunting, lonesome, methodical and strangely uplifting at the same time but always seem to be reaching for the stars like a young kid would reach for understanding of such a large and unknown world. And the fact that the album was recorded and mixed in a house that’s been in guitarist Tom Colello’s family for four generations just lends a personal touch to the proceedings that no one else can even get close to. Ahead of the band’s debut we had a chance to pose our Profile questions to Tom and vocalist Salvatore Rex to get their backstory so head below to see what they had to say and whatever you do, don’t miss this album. Links are included to help out in this endeavor. Continue reading

Profile: Toronto’s Heavy Rockers Pterodactyl Problems

Pterodactyl Problems

Toronto’s heavy rock/alt-metal/punksters Pterodactyl Problems will be releasing their debut full length, Esoteric Hobbies, next week and it’s a kitchen sink approach that actually works. Having traditional metal, riff driven heavy rock, amazing indie folk and good time punk-rock on the same album sounds like way too much going on but the way this group puts it all together is an extremely fun ride – one that constantly gives up new things and is never, EVER comfortable staying in the same place very long. Just ahead of the album’s release we had the chance to pose our set of Profile questions to the band to get a bit of a backstory so read on to see how it went down. Continue reading

Profile: Nick from Ontario’s Sludgy Hardcore Punishers Minors

Minors
Minors

2017 saw the debut release, Atrophy, from Ontario’s Minors which was an explosion of sludge fueled hardcore that seemed just as intent to cause harm as it was to drag earlobes through the mud and muck. The band’s sophomore outing, Abject Bodies, will hit the masses later this month and it’s another exploration into just how heavy handed sludge and hardcore can be. And particularly so since this quartet has tightened up their already bulletproof approach. Hints of Primitive Man and Converge come flying from the speakers on “Consumed” while a track like “Flesh Prison” relies on caustic grooves and relentless pacing. It’s this back and forth that the band excels at even better this time out but the production and overall delivery here will leave jaws firmly planted on floors the world over. Ahead of Abject Bodies street date we had the chance to ask guitarist Nick our set of Profile questions so read on to see what he had to say and be sure to grab a copy from the links contained within while you’re here. Continue reading

Profile: Reno Gooch of Fuzz-xperimental Metallers Space Coke

space coke

Back in December, S.C.’s Space Coke released their debut full length L’appel Du Vide on Mystery School Records and we’re still making sense of it all. That’s not a knock in the slightest though, it’s meant as a compliment to the band’s approach to all things fuzzy and stoner…ish. The net they cast is wide and covers everything from the classic metal vibe of Sabbath to riff driven hard rock to psychedelic haze and, to top it off, a touch of punk for good measure. If it sounds like a discombobulated mixture, it is but it’s an interesting and vastly different beast of an album. We spoke to guitarist and vocalist Reno Gooch to get a behind the scenes look so head below to get the scoop. Continue reading

Profile: James Andrew Lee of Kingston Upon Hull Bruisers Mastiff

mastiff
Mastiff

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