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
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
In Dante’s Inferno, the second circle begins the proper punishment of Hell, a place where “no thing gleams.” It is reserved for those overcome with Lust, where carnal appetites hold sway over reason. In Nine Circles, it’s where we do shorter reviews of new (ish) albums that share a common theme.
In sharing a common theme, Louisiana’s WOORMS and India’s Orchid are out there on the spectrum of tripping the light fantastic. One does it with mind melting sludge and noise while the other does it with mind challenging technical ecstacy in the form of the avantgarde and extreme. So, for this Second Circle we’re taking a look at Slake and Miasma and how it would be best to take both in separate listening sessions so complete brain corrosion is avoided. Continue reading
Every year is an interesting trip around the sun. New music comes and goes like the ebb and flow of time, and some albums hit us harder than others. 2018 for me was a very rich year in metal, yielding tons of great material from all over the heavy landscape. There was a lot I enjoyed, so sorting the wheat from the chaff for this year has been enjoyable and fairly difficult, which is a testament to all the bands putting out great albums this year. Below is my top 15 list for this year with a brief explanation with each album as to why I picked them. Feel the misery (wait, that wasn’t this year?!). Continue reading
Back in September, Allfather released their first ‘official’ full length, And All Will Be Desolation, and if you’ve been even the most casual of fan, it’s undeniable how astounding their progression is on this album. If you’ve followed them since the beginning (No gods. No masters.) as I have, you must have been as blown away as was I. Everything about their doom by way of hardcore by way of death metal by way of sludge is thicker and heavier than anything they’ve done leading up to this, but it’s the way they’ve grown in the songwriting department that shines the most. I’ve been speaking with vocalist Tom Ballard over messages and emails for some time now but recently had the chance to chat with him about the new album, fan interactions and so much more. It was great, after all this time, to finally have a one on one with him so head inside to hear how it went. Continue reading