People constantly talk about how metal is over-saturated with thousands upon thousands of new bands that are all doing the same thing, exactly the same way. The ease of the internet to get your release out there removes the inhibitions of metal artists to put time and effort into developing their craft. Those that pay attention to such things, are constantly drowning in cookie-cutter, copy/paste versions of whatever the most popular band of a particular genre is. For those that know where to look (see releases from labels like Sentient Ruin, 20 Buck Spin, Gilead Media, Vrasubatlat, wins most fitting album title of 2019), you often are able to find those that are dedicated to themselves and their art rather than to clicks and streams. Behold, Miscarriage‘s Imminent Horror! Continue reading →
I don’t like being told what to do. Unless it has to do with my overall well-being and tenacity, I am not someone who takes authority well. Thus, imagine when, randomly looking through the promo pile, Bellrope’s album name immediately caught my attention. At first, I thought of the title as a mere tongue-in-cheek reference; after all, what does an album know about my headspace at any given time? Well, as it would turn out, You Must Relax not only lives up to its tongue-in-cheek title, but its overall appeal lies within the chaotic yet claustrophobic mix of sludge and noise. Continue reading →
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 →