Brazen Bull – Soirée
Australian “partygrind” outfit Brazen Bull return with their first release since their 2011 full-length, The Traveling Parasite. Soirée, the new five-track EP, shows the quartet being just as erratic and eccentric as ever. Through lyrics and audio skits the band tell the story of an office worker who finishes his shift for the week, goes out for a night of partying and his inevitable hangover. It’s a truly silly premise that is only heightened by the band’s zany blend of mathcore and grind. The guitars chug, gallop and unleash flurries of dissonant mayhem and sliding, writhing eccentricity. The bass guitar churns out equally feverish low-end outbursts, while the drumming ties the rhythm section together with tumultuous percussive onslaughts. The vocals, which range from low growls to high shrieks, are the icing on this hyperactive cake. “Oriffice” opens up the release with an unyielding blitz of noisy, disjunctive riffs that buzz, wail and slide up and down the guitar’s neck in a compulsive fashion. The track also delivers off-kilter breakdowns and frantic stop-and-start sections that will leave the listener discombobulated. The chaos only continues from there as the one-two punch of the title track and “Taxi” follow. These tracks build upon the sonic psychosis with even more disfigured riffs, atonal leads and chugging beatdowns, which collectively sound like the inner workings of a madman’s mind. “Stagger” and “Cleanse” continue to produce unyielding technical warfare but also break the mold a bit. “Stagger” abandons the hellaciousness during its midsection for a myriad of serpentine, finger-tapped melodies, while “Cleanse” inserts brief straightforward hardcore progressions among the chaos here and there. Soirée is a consistently hard-hitting release full of oddball instrumentation and a surprising bit of humor. Those looking to dine on a nice riff salad will have to look no further.
Release Date: August 18, 2016
Favorite Tracks: “Oriffice” and “Stagger”
For Fans Of: The Sawtooth Grin, See You Next Tuesday and Daughters
The Nietzsche – Welcome to Poetry 201
Odessa, Ukraine-based post-hardcore/mathcore outfit The Nietzsche return with their eccentric style and literally poetic lyrics on their newest EP, Welcome to Poetry 201. Just like its predecessor, 2015’s Intro to Advanced Poetry, the new five-track EP uses a blend of contemporary post-hardcore and mathcore sensibilities as a vessel to bring poems by famous writers to earholes everywhere. “James Franko” opens up the release with atmospheric flourishes, slow-building percussion, tremolo-picked guitar melodies and ethereal vocal stylings, all of which eventually bleed into a final stampede of pseudo-black metal. “Kerouac” rushes right out of the gate with galloping, angular metallic hardcore that brings the likes of Every Time I Die to mind. The track is split into three distinct sections – the opening beatdown, the brooding bridge and the climax of emotive post-hardcore. Vocalist Eugene Tymchyk brings everything together with his eclectic vocal style that ranges from throat-searing screams and yells to commanding cleans. “Poe’s Law” and “Rich Bukowski” follow next with the album’s most intricate and chaotic pieces. The former sees a collision between frenetic mathcore riffage and propulsive post-hardcore, while the latter conjures a myriad of spiraling, complex melodies. The EP is brought to a close by the emotionally tumultuous “Mayakovsky III”, which sounds like the bands take on one of The Dillinger Escape Plan‘s less unhinged tunes. While Welcome to Poetry 201 doesn’t do anything drastically different than its predecessor, it is still a solid release nonetheless. The Nietzsche have already proven themselves as songwriters, now they just need to keep pushing forward.
Release Date: September 1, 2016
Favorite Tracks: “Kerouac” and “Poe’s Law”
For Fans Of: Every Time I Die, Rolo Tomassi and The Chariot