Crushing sludge, intricate melodies and ethereal atmospheres come together in post-metal harmony on Lesser Glow‘s debut LP, Ruined.
Hailing from Boston and comprised of former members of Irepress, The Proselyte and Black Elm, Lesser Glow are yet another new band to push the boundaries of what is considered “post-metal”. Drawing influence from genre figure heads, while also incorporating elements from 90s underground and post-hardcore, Lesser Glow carve out an interesting niche for themselves within the sludge/doom/post-whatever scenes. Their new record, Ruined, illustrates this by balancing between infectious melodies and crushing weight, subtle complexity and straightforward heaviness. Continue Reading
I used to not really like The Body. I never considered them a metal band, even though that was where they had more or less made their nest early on. I always perceived them as a noise band that got cool among the metal intelligentsia (read: terminally bored scene kids only semi-seriously projecting a love for the most obscure shit possible). I saw them as maybe a particularly dark, doomy, and experimental noise band, but still did not understand the hype. Continue Reading
“Burgeoning Verse” is a collaborative album between Ben Chisholm of Chelsea Wolfe‘s band and Felix Skinner of Wreck & Reference fame. Recorded over a 36 hour session using vintage guitars, bassoons, analog synths and pedals and a guest appearance by Andrew Clinco of Drab Majesty and Marriages to drum on the lead single.
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Bay Area melodic death metallers Light This City will release their first album in 10 years, Terminal Bloom, this Friday, May 25, via Creator-Destructor Records. Following 2008’s Stormchaser, Terminal Bloom sees a true return-to-form with its blistering complexity, hard-hitting riffs and endless earworm melodies. Longtime fans of the band will be more than pleased, while new fans will surely be converted.
In anticipation for its release, vocalist Laura Nichol and drummer Ben Murray stopped by to breakdown the album track-by-track. Murray speaks on the construction of the songs, while Nichol dissects the lyrical themes behind them. Check out what they had to say after the break and purchase the record here. Continue Reading
Mixed, Not Stirred is a weekly column in which artists curate special, themed playlists via Spotify or other mediums.
In this week’s Mixed, Not Stirred, Cincinnati rockers Brass Owl put together a mixtape full of classic hard rock and stoner metal jams that continue to inspire them. The band said in their own words: Continue Reading
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This Friday, May 25, Swiss industrial psych outfit H E X will unleash their self-titled debut via Hummus Records. Full of heavy synth work, cybernetic guitars and seismic percussion, this four-track recording is a stark and monolithic affair that sounds like an apocalyptic interpretation of a John Carpenter film score with a hint of Godflesh-esque massiveness.
In preparation for the record’s release we have teamed up with the band to bring you an exclusive stream of the album’s opening track, “Metaheaven”. The slow-burning, nearly nine-minute track builds from quiet beginnings to a throttling barrage of cold mechanical instrumentation interwoven with kaleidoscopic, melodic synths. Check it out for yourself after the break and purchase the record here.
Iowan grinders Closet Witch are poised to release their debut, self-titled full-length early this summer. In anticipation for its release, we at Svbterranean are excited to bring you a taste of the chaos to come in the form of the blistering new track “Spell of Giddiness” and its accompanying video. The 37-second track is a quick and violent gut-punch that is characterized by caustic grindcore rampage and the occasional, off-kilter riff. This track is just one of many head-spinners on the forthcoming album. Guitarist Alex Crist said the following of the upcoming record: Continue Reading
Blast Beats is a weekly column in which extreme music artists discuss their favorite hip-hop records.
In this week’s Blast Beats, Scott Miller of Anthesis, Clouds Become Oceans and Ancient Temple Recordings stops by to discuss 11 of his favorite hip-hop records and show off his vinyl collection while he’s at it. Check it out after the break. Continue Reading
In a mere 14 minutes Cyclopean Blood Temple’s debut release, Unholy Union, slaughters everything in its path. Weaving together furious grindcore with blackened sensibilities, elements of sludge, and all things gritty and grimy, this Floridian quartet is one of the newer acts to give the genre the ugly face-lift it deserves.
In this recent interview with Svbterranean we sat down with 3/4 of the band to discuss their new record, grindcore and more.
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Mike Stack is a guy who has carved out a significant portion of extreme music history with pure, unrelenting RIFF. Based in the 518/Troy area, Mike has written, recorded and performed since 1989 with some of Troy, NY’s best. Flat Broke. Execution Style. Politics of Contraband. Withstand. Dying Breed. When Jason Bittner (of Shadows Fall fame) decided to take a break in 2007 from the NWOAHM touring/recording circuit to revive his old death metal/hardcore band Burning Human, he recruited Mike Stack along for the ride. Moving beyond the metal-influenced hardcore of his youth, Mike started Of Old in 2004 to fully flex his metal roots, a project that soon became the progressive, technical death metal of The Final Sleep and his primary focus. And on top of all of that, there’s lost recordings, bands and projects forgotten by time and documentation. “Do you still have any recordings of Harbinger? Maybe.” It’s been a storied career for Mike, from the glory days of metallic hardcore at QE2 to fights with Madball to a rare stint on the 2000’s Van’s Warped Tour to fully swinging for the progressive death metal fences in today’s saturated metal market. I recently had the opportunity to speak to Mike about his entire career, his legendary run in defining Troycore and the culture and memories of that era, his experiences and influences in metal, The Final Sleep (!), the realities of promotion and recognition, gear, fried chicken and much more. Check it all out below, pick up The Final Sleep’s debut I here and be on the lookout for their sophomore effort soon! Follow The Final Sleep on Facebook here, on Instagram here and on Bandcamp here.
Additionally, stream and download the entirety of Dying Breed’s discography (minus an alternate version of “God’s Hate” on the Capital Punishment compilation) and the majority of Politics of Contraband’s tracks here!