Point Mort – Look at the Sky
Comprised of musicians culled from other Parisian extreme music acts such as Cowards and In the Guise of Men, Point Mort purvey a storming and hypnotic sound that blurs the lines between post-hardcore and post-metal. Their music is an emotive affair that strikes a balance between scathing angst, slow-burning melancholia and metallic triumph, which carries across the five tracks of their debut EP, Look at the Sky. “Ophelia” sets the stage for what is to come with its opening, menacing dirge, which bleeds into apocalyptic hardcore destruction. The track weaves in and out of sinister sludge crawls and doomed hardcore assaults for five unyielding minutes, and are carried by commanding vocal performances that range from throat-searing vitriol to feminine grace. From there, the band continually pack in as many stylistic and emotional shifts within the tracks’ short spaces. Some of the cuts lean more towards the blistering hardcore side of things (“Earth Descent”), and others towards foreboding post-metal (“Plastic Rainbow”). But, overall, these elements are seamlessly blended throughout this 29-minute release, always knowing when to bombard, crush or lull the listener. With this debut EP Point Mort are off to a tremendous start.
Release Date: February 24, 2017
Label: Almost Famous
Favorite Tracks: “Ophelia” and “Laberinto”
For Fans Of: Oathbreaker, Amenra and Birds in Row
Pissed On – The Hanged Man
Just like their name suggests, Louisville’s Pissed On pisses on the competition with their abrasive, eviscerate brand of grindcore. On The Hanged Man, the band’s newest release, these Kentucky grinders deliver a wealth of vile, angular instrumentation slathered with noise, and propelled by guttural and piercing vocals ululating bleak prose. With just 10 minutes at their disposal, Pissed On waste no time in commencing the aural beatings. Opening track “Reader” kicks off with 50 seconds of Discordance Axis worship. Noisy, disfigured riffs are churned out rapidly atop of concussive percussion, which eventually lead to angular frenzies and off-kilter beatdowns. This disemboweling grind approach runs a thread throughout the entire EP, but the band continuously throw punishing, sonic curveballs. “Enter the Void”‘s pseudo slam vibes are enough to cause massive brain hemorrhaging, and “heavy” doesn’t even accurately describe the Noothgrush-esque, crusty sludge attacks on “Shriveled Minds”. All of this hyperspeed death and destruction leads to the EP’s final and title track, which delivers lumbering, dissonant riffs that march along bullheadedly as walls of harsh noise close in around them. Pissed On’s debut EP is fast, vile, noisy and everything a grind fan needs.
Release Date: March 3, 2017
Label: Advocate Records
Favorite Tracks: “Enter the Void” and “Shriveled Minds”
For Fans Of: Discordance Axis, Pig Destroyer and Full of Hell