Although I discovered Himsa a year before they disbanded due to my impeccable timing, I was at least able to bear witness to their epic final work and crowning achievement; Summon in Thunder.
I remember watching Headbanger’s Ball on MTV, which is a hilarious thing to say nowadays, and stumbling across Himsa‘s video for “Big Timber”. In this animated music video, the band members were depicted as yeti puppets and were being picked off one-by-one by some sort of malevolent tree entity. Although I did indeed find the music video entertaining, it was the music itself that really enthralled me. Continue Reading
Now, there are only a handful of albums that I have listened to consistently since high school. There has been a ton of music that has come and gone, but one that has always remained is As I Lay Dying’s Shadows Are Security. Now, I know that what Tim Lambesis has done outside of music is despicable and horrendous, but I look past it only in this one instance. There really aren’t any other music outputs from him that I care about at this point, but Shadows is a landmark album for metalcore. Continue Reading
Loincloth bow out gracefully, and with a storm of riffs, on their final full-length record, Psalm of the Morbid Whore.
The Virginia/North Carolina-based instrumental metallers were last seen in 2012 with the release of their full-length debut, Iron Balls of Steel. The 16-track effort was a 40-minute barrage of disorienting and pummeling math metal. Full of off-kilter rhythms, frequently fluctuating time signatures, muscular grooves and dissonant angularity, Iron Balls of Steel provided plenty of discombobulating moments, even during the shortest of songs. Keelhaul, Meshuggah and the like are obvious reference points, but Loincloth possess a sound all their own. Continue Reading
Italian psychedelic doomsayers Ufomammut have premiered their forthcoming album, 8, via The Obelisk. The record will officially be released this Friday, September 22, via Neurot Recordings and can be purchased here. The band said the following of the new effort: Continue Reading
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, etc) have premiered a new track from their highly-anticipated upcoming album, Hostage Animal
, via Metal Hammer. Titled “Blood Wet Teeth”, the new track is a two-minute stormer full of stampeding, hardcore grit and muscular, chugging beatdowns. It’s heavy, to say the least. Check it out after the break.
Hostage Animal will be released on October 27 via Southern Lord.
Before Killswitch Engage became a household name in the world of heavy music, before “that dude with the dreadlocks” was the singer in Shadows Fall, there was Overcast, and they were the heaviest of all. Why they ever broke up to splinter into these other bands is a mystery to me, similar to why white guys with dreadlocks get mentioned in almost everything I write for Svbterranean. If you keep reading though, all is revealed in chapter 12. Continue Reading
Denver’s Primitive Man reach the apex of their insurmountably heavy and unflinchingly misanthropic and demoralizing sound with their aptly titled sophomore full-length, Caustic.
Due to their intense, foreboding sound and visual style and prolific nature, Primitive Man have been making quite the name for themselves and have been turning more and more heads as time passes. It’s not often you hear a band whose feelings of inner turmoil and disdain for humankind feel completely genuine and not fantastical. This Colorado trio seemed to have captured negativity and pessimism in its purest, unadulterated form through audio.
Mysterious Japanese hardcore/powerviolence outfit Friendship have announced the vinyl release of their debut full-length, Hatred. The 25-minute LP was originally released in Japan back in June via Daymare Recordings, but will be given the vinyl treatment by Southern Lord on October 20. The album’s artwork and track listing can be found after the break, along with streams of the tracks “Tortures” and “Life Sentence”.
The band’s previously-released, head-turning I&II EPs can be streamed here.
I feel I shouldn’t have to say more, as the band is legendary in and of itself. From their insane live shows to their constant break ups due to conflict, to the musical boundaries they push and the legacy they always leave behind, this band is revered by many, imitated by few, and mastered by none. Like most people, I discovered them through their song “You Can’t Kill Us All,” which lead me on a spree of hearing more, ultimately falling down the rabbit hole to their first proper full length “Give Them Rope” (remastered in 2004 as “Give Them Rope She Said Ver. 2.0“).
Tennessee sludge/stoner duo Namazu are poised to release their debut full-length recording, Works Cited, later this month. The upcoming effort features 11 tracks of raw, buzzing sludge that are simultaneously crushing and catchy. For the uninitiated, previously-released singles “Bactine” and “Gunwhale” provide a small taste of the action to come.
In anticipating for its release, Svbterranean are excited to bring you a stream of the album’s third track, “Dragged Fighting From His Tomb”. The three-minute stunner kicks out earworm, concussive grooves and thunderous drumming that will be stuck in your bleeding brain for hours to come. Check it out after the break.