Grieved – Grieved
Just as the smoldering forest on the cover suggests, Grieved are here to set everything in their path ablaze with their incendiary, unyielding brand of hardcore. After several singles and split releases, the Stockholm quintet ring in 2016 with their pulverizing self-titled debut album. Falling short of a half-hour, Grieved is short yet anything but sweet. These tracks storm right out of the gate like a pack of voracious wolves and lunge at the listeners’ throats. A brooding, echoing guitar line opens up the record and bleeds into massive, darkened grooves on “Opaque”. The guitars give birth to down-tuned, moody melodies and head-crushing beatdowns. Thunderous percussion and metallic bass lines aid the guitars in their venomous assaults, while the vocals keep the bitterness thriving with their acidity. Blood is shed on this first track, allowing for total aural evisceration on the album to come. Tracks like “Fogbound” and “Losing Touch” decimate the landscape with earth-moving hardcore stampedes and mosh-worthy chug fests, while tunes such as “Shattered” and “Asunder” make it a point to churn out as many blistering riffs as possible in their short duration to achieve total annihilation. Interludes such as the depressive, bluesy”June 22″, and the icy “Synesthesia”, provide a brief relief from the audio warfare, only to drop the listener back into the battlefield shortly after. Grieved‘s debut album is a menacing affair that plummets the listener into a darkened abyss in which they are quickly pulled apart by vicious, bestial hardcore. The smallest moments of beauty and melody on the record are quickly overcome by the band’s eagerness to destroy. Grieved‘s volcanic tunes are the perfect thing to warm up with this winter, just don’t be surprised by the third-degree burns.
Release Date: January 22, 2016
Label: Prosthetic Records
Favorite Tracks: “Fogbound”, “Shattered” and “Reverie”
For Fans Of: Axis, Throwers, Dead Swans and Rise and Fall
Hollow Earth – Parting Remains
If their 2014 debut album Silent Graves was any indication, Detroit’s Hollow Earth (Shai Hulud, etc) are poised for global domination with their post-apocalyptic metallic hardcore. Their sound is all at once blistering, brooding, intricate and full of doomed melodies that work together to paint portraits of the end of civilization. Their end-time hymns return in 2016 with the follow-up to Silent Graves, the Parting Remains EP. Hollow Earth offer up three new, emotionally-charged tracks that transcend the metallic hardcore subgenre. The release begins with “No Equilibrium”, a track that immediately pulverizes the listener with thrashing riffs and pummeling drumming. The riffs morph from thrashing hardcore, to doom-y crawls, to melodic serpentine dances in a matter of seconds during this punishing and multifaceted tune. The track’s ending cataclysmic breakdown bleeds directly into “Beyond Celestial Limits”. The track begins with some wavering, airy guitar lines that give way to melodic and equally dismal sludge marches. Frontman Steve Muczynski propels the track with his throat-searing vocals as the lumbering tune becomes more somber and, eventually, more destructive. “Terminal Vestige” closes out the mini release on a powerful note. For over two-minutes, the guitars craft these celestial melodies that slowly build up to the band’s full, earth-shattering entrance. The same celestial melodies are reworked, draped in distortion and walk hand in hand with gloomy hardcore and apocalyptic chugging in a death march toward the song’s climax. While it may be a short release, it is nonetheless extremely powerful and heavy as hell to boot. Parting Remains, along with Silent Graves, showcase a band who are destined to climb to the top of the modern hardcore food chain.
Release Date: January 29, 2016
Label: Good Fight Music
For Fans Of: Shai Hulud, Exalt, Turmoil and Buried Alive