In the last few years, emo has made a huge comeback. One of my favorite bands currently perfecting the genre is Del Paxton. The band released a phenomenal EP titled Worse. Summer. Ever. back in 2013 and a split with Gulfer last year. The band will unleash their highly anticipated debut LP in March and I know I am beyond stoked. I recently conducted a short interview with Dylan England about the bands name, their upcoming album and plans for the new year. Check it out below. Continue Reading
I know I’m new here and I will probably be hit or miss with everything and anything, but hell, lets give it a shot shall we?
For whatever my opinion is worth (which probably isn’t much), I think this year has been quite an incredible one for heavy music. Some long-awaited returns, some exceptional grind, some progressive masterpieces, and some pretty substantial EPs, to say the least. Here are my top 20 picks for the best releases of 2016.
As with every other music blog or publication, we at Svbterranean are obligated to give you our silly opinions on what were the top albums of the year. I could list every single release I enjoyed this year, but I am limited on patience and writing ability. So, I was able to narrow it down to a modest 30. These are records that, not limited to just metal and hardcore either, that stuck with me long after the initial listen. Feel free to peruse the list below and tell me how my opinion is bullshit, because I will probably agree with you.
It’s crazy that it’s been a year since American Aftermath called it quits and Lane ushered Svbterranean into the world. I’ve listened to a metric fuck-ton of music this year and it’s been brilliant. 2016 was a magical time for music of all sorts. I’m not even gonna lie, Adele’s 25 was on my list until the last minute because it was just increible. I also want to throw some whoop-whoops towards Deathspell Omega, Ion Dissonance and Zeal And Ardor. All of them and many, many more released mind-blowing records this year, and they all fell off towards the end. How about we kick this thing off, eh? Continue Reading
It’s been another solid year within metal, especially black metal. One of my favorite genres, we see a return of some well known names within the realm of black metal as well as some fresh names here for 2016. One thing I noticed was the return of just pure blackened punishment in terms of screams, sacrilegious riffing and blasting that never seem to stop. Then for you fans of a more atmospheric black metal, we had plenty to choose from this year and it didn’t matter if you preferred a specific style (space, fantasy, nature, etc) because the choices were seemingly endless. Out of the hundreds of thousands of releases that came to be this year, the following 10 are definitely my favorite. Just like I do for “From the Void“, I will be linking to each bands Bandcamp or YouTube stream. Enjoy and thank you for a great year.
The Body – No One Deserves Happiness
With the release of I Shall Die Here and their slew of recent collaborations, The Body has somehow gotten even more experimental with their already experimental style of noise/metal/whatever by straying into catchier, even poppier territory. The interesting combination of noisy, yet highly structured songwriting as well as frequent collaborator Chrissy Wolpert’s sung vocals mixing with Chip King’s signature distorted howls in the background reinforces that feeling of genres intermingling, but also creates something new and original.
Philly/NJ’s newest doom titans Cowardice are something of a local supergroup, comprised of members of Black Urn, Sunrot, Thera Roya, Null&Void, Inertia, Sentient Horror, and Worthless. Respectively the other bands these guys are involved in cover a wide spectrum from post-metal to death metal to sludge, grind, and beyond. Cowardice though, sits solidly in the bracket of crusty-as-fuck, sludgy doom. If you like your heavy music to come at you by way of bands like Thou and Graves at Sea, then their debut release Without Condolence is solidly up your alley.
Ukrainian record labels Robustfellow Productions and Iron Hamster are poised to release their third and final Electric Funeral Cafe compilation. Electric Funeral Cafe Vol. III: Interstellar Psychedelic Voyage is slated to be released on January 27, 2017, with pre-orders to be made available on December 22 via Bandcamp. The compilation will include 41 sludge, stoner and post-metal bands from nine countries on three CDs that will feature a massive three-hour run-time. There will also be seven bonus tracks included exclusively on the digital version. Check out the artists that will be included on the comp below.