Asphalt Graves – The New Primitive
Asphalt Graves gathers four musicians from different walks of extreme music life for a vicious deathgrind extravaganza. Their debut full-length cluster bomb, The New Primitive, churns out 13 tracks of scathing vitriol and high octane mayhem. The record sees a beautifully crushing marriage between Shannon Lucas’ (ex-The Black Dahlia Murder) concussive drumming, Brent Purgason’s (GWAR) throttling bass lines, Adam Faris’ (ex-War Torn) grinding guitar fury and Jason Netherton’s (Misery Index) infamous acidic snarl. Asphalt Graves‘ rapid fire sonic bursts call to mind the earliest purveyors of deathgrind, such as Assück and the like, as well as grind progenitors Napalm Death and even the earliest works of sister band Misery Index. In about 25 minutes, these fast and furious tunes will completely decimate the listener. “Vulgar Theology”‘s galloping groove and dissonant chugging intro open up the album on a mosh-heavy note, before the band enter full grind mode with relentless blast beats and flesh-grinding guitars. From then on it’s one auditory blitz after the next, with each track becoming more hellacious than the last. Some of the more standout cuts include “No Feast (Without Cruelty)”, which effectively combines straightforward grindcore stylings, thrashing grooves and bestial beatdowns. Closing track “Exit from Reality” shows the band initially slowing their hyper-speed annihilation to a moody, mid-paced crawl, only to unleash some of the more violent instrumentation on the album. Overall, The New Primitive isn’t a complete far-cry from Misery Index or some of the other deathgrind out there. But the wheel doesn’t always have to be reinvented, it just has to be used well. This record is unapologetically heavy and full of unbridled rage and, sometimes, that’s all that’s needed.
Release Date: July 8, 2016
Label: Vitriol Records
Favorite Tracks: “Megalomaniacs”, “No Feast (Without Cruelty)”, “Angst and Praise” and “Stop Resisting”
For Fans Of: Assück, Brutal Truth, Misery Index and Napalm Death
Hissing – Hissing 7″
Their 2015 self-titled debut EP was only the beginning, as Hissing plummet even deeper into darkness with their newest seven-inch release. This Seattle trio play a style of dissonant blackened death metal, whose emphasis on dissonance, ugly construction, cacophonous production style and bellowing raspy vocals will immediately draw comparisons with Australia’s Portal. Though that comparison is inescapable, the two new compositions presented on this seven-inch show the band really molding that style of murky, malformed death metal to fit themselves. The A-side of the release is comprised of the six-minute “Cairn”. Just like the band’s name suggests, this track barrels right out of the gate with churning, serpentine guitar riffs that are propelled by monstrous blast beats and specter-like vocals. The first three minutes of this track is just an ungodly swell of mangled sound that sounds like something that would played on the elevator ride to hell. After three minutes of outre death metal, the song winds down into a menacing doom-laden march before reaching a climax of nauseating, writhing guitars. The B-side consists of the apocalyptic “Husk”, which begins its attack with a barrage of spiraling atonal melodies. Soon the track bursts into a grimy stampede of tremolo-picked horror and dizzying complexity. After nearly four-minutes of cyclonic insanity, the track embarks on a chugging death march toward its end. Its final primal stomp gradually becomes slower and more menacing, trapping the listener in a claustrophobic wall of noisy hell. Hissing may still be a relatively new act but if these two tracks are any indication, this band is poised to do great things. Fans of frightening death metal, take note.
Release Date: June 10, 2016
Label: Southern Lord
For Fans Of: Portal, Ulcerate, Blut Aus Nord and Incantation