In the last couple of years, Good Fight Music has been quietly carrying the torch for the late 90’s/early 00’s metalcore sound. With a roster that boasts some reactivated bands of that era (The Banner, Ion Dissonance) along with some more recent and progressive exponents of the genre (Axis, Of Feather and Bone, Old Wounds), they have kept the flame burning brightly where it could have easily sputtered out about half a decade ago. One of the label’s more recent highlights has been Michigan’s Hollow Earth. For those who are unfamiliar with the band, Hollow Earth formed in 2011 after three members of the band met while filling in as touring members of legendary metalcore outfit Shai Hulud. Continue Reading
Colorado sludge- and grind-infused hardcore band Call of the Void have been revitalized, and they are set to release their new EP, titled AYFKM (short for Are You Fucking Kidding Me), on December 16. Although they’ve gone through a major line-up change following their previous album, Ageless, the new release maintains Call of the Void’s distinctively harsh sound while upping the overall intensity. AYFKM features five diverse and relentlessly ferocious tracks, combing powerful riffs with crushing grooves and a visceral punk rock vibe. In this recent interview with Svbterranean, guitarist/vocalist Patrick Alberts took some time to talk about the origins of the band, reconfiguring the line-up and how it impacted them. He also discusses the new EP and the sentiment behind the title, as well as the very impressive Denver metal scene and more. Continue Reading
Portland instrumental rockers Grails have premiered the title track to their forthcoming full-length follow-up to 2011’s Deep Politics, Chalice Hymnal, at Stereogum. The track is bathed in waters of extreme psychedelia, enveloping the listener in intense colorful sound that will make them feel as if they are floating upon the air. Check out the psyched out track after the break.
Chalice Hymnal will be released on February 27, 2017, via Temporary Residence Ltd. Pre-order here.
The new collaborative EP between Orlando’s Axis and Memphis’ Seraph the Light can now be streamed in full in advance of its December 2 release date. This four-track shows the bands combining their efforts into a massive sounding project full of metallic angularity and Neurosian crawl and eccentricity. Check out the release and the acts’ upcoming tour dates after the break.
California technical death metal outfit So This Is Suffering have announced their new full-length record. The new album will be titled Palace of the Pessimist and will see a release through Unique Leader Records on February 24. The album’s artwork and track listing can be found after the break.
The band’s official video for “Dreameater” can also be seen below (courtesy of Decibel).
Pre-order the record here.
The forthcoming split EP from experimental noise acts Never Presence Forever and Gridfailure has been unleashed via No Clean Singing. The split will see an independent release on December 23 in a limited run of 100 cassettes and can be pre-order through both acts respective Bandcamp pages here and here. Both acts respective lengthy compositions are sure to instill insurmountable uneasiness in listeners everywhere. Check out the nightmarish sounds after the break.
The forthcoming split 7″ between Arizona’s Lago and Poland’s Calm Hatchery was recently unveiled via Loudwire. The split is officially due out this Friday, December 2, via Selfmadegod and Battleground Records and can be purchased here and here. Those looking to jumpstart their day with some high quality brutal, spine-snapping death metal will have to look no further. Check out the split after the break.
Photo by Mark Dawursk
Trevor Shelley de Brauw – guitarist of Pelican, RLYR, Chord and others – has announced the release of his first solo record. The record will be titled Uptown and will be released on February 10 via The Flenser. Uptown will feature six guitar-generated drone/ambient works that were written and recorded over the span of nearly a decade. Fans of Earth or Brian Eno will want to dive into these drawn-out aural passages as soon as they can.
The album’s artwork and track listing can be found after the break.