False – Hunger
Minneapolis’ False follow-up their critically-heralded, 2015 untitled full-length with two new tracks of blistering black metal. On the Hunger EP, the band continue along the path they laid out for themselves on their untitled debut, crafting high octane, blackened compositions steeped in melody, malevolence and subtle complexity. “Anhedonia” and “Hunger” both waste no time stampeding out of the gate with flurries of instrumentation at their disposal. Furious blast beats and rampaging percussion lay the groundwork, while the guitars deliver whirlwinds of tremolo-picked riffs. The guitars seamlessly blend together traditional, melodic-yet-sinister tremolo-picked chord progressions with more spiraling and unpredictable licks. Meanwhile, ethereal synths and keys create an almost symphonic atmosphere that drapes over the blackened madness below. Everything is then propelled by venomous, throat-shredding vocals that deliver acidic sermons at rapid fire paces. The Hunger EP is not a far cry from what False presented on Untitled, nor is it drastically different than some of its contemporaries. But, Hunger is still a very solid and engaging black metal release that deserves its props.
Release Date: July 28, 2017
Label: Gilead Media
Favorite Track: “Hunger”
For Fans Of: Wolves in the Throne Room, Panopticon and Wiegedood
Piss Vortex – Soft Reboot
Copenhagen’s Piss Vortex continue to fortify and expand upon their complex and disfigured brand of grindcore on their new eight-minute burst of noise, Soft Reboot. Following 2016’s Future Cancer EP, this new five-track release serves as a precursor to the band’s forthcoming sophomore full-length, and delivers just as much madness as its predecessor. Grindcore speed, brevity and grit collide head-on with mathcore’s penchant for volatility and Gorgutsian angularity across these five untitled tunes. Like the releases that came before it, Soft Reboot is a rather unpredictable beast and the only things that are guaranteed are technical instrumentation, dissonance and fierce vocals. Tracks like “X” and “XXXX” are full of chugging, dissonant riffs that give way to frantic, sliding insanity, while “XX” churns out a wealth of nauseating rhythms in a mere 60 seconds. Then there’s “XXX”, which revolves around malformed, lurching and stomping sludge adjacent riffs that build to sprawling, angular marches. The record’s final cut attempts to combine everything into a hellacious three-minute package with its jerky rhythms, sewer-bred grindcore assaults, atmospheric tension and pseudo-black metal fury. Soft Reboot shows that these Danes get more unhinged and uglier with each release, and will hopefully continue to do so.
Release Date: March 31, 2017
Favorite Tracks: “XX” and “XXXXX”
For Fans Of: Crowpath, The Sawtooth Grin, Maruta and Rotten Sound