If you are working today, chances are you are miserable. Your soul-crushing day job just seems much more unbearable knowing you are a few agonizing hours way from Labor Day weekend. Time just slows to a crawl and no amount of caffeinated beverages can keep you from passing out. Well, we at Svbterranean have the solution to all your troubles, and the answer is blackened doom.
So…I had some goddamn medical mystery awesomeness and laid low like motherfucker because I HAD A STROKE! I did a quick review last time and that took me for-fucking-ever because it affected my fine motor skills on my right side. So typing was a fucking bitch of a time. But everything is OK because there are more problems but let’s ignore that shit because fuck it. Let’s get to reviewing and talking about music, history, and the lack of social graces.
From 2001 to 2005, I attended the beautiful campus of SUNY Potsdam, a diamond of cultural diversity awash in a sea of redneck recluse, identity crisis ( many people think they should act like southerners but can trace their lineage back for years to…northern New York….), and the brink of economic desperation and fear. The only constant was the feeling of displacement, friends (hey Charles), and the fact that your mind and heart and emotions really never synced up.
GROUPOEM have quite a storied history. The legend goes that from 1983 to 1986 the band cut their teeth in the Toronto punk rock circuit, went on a North American tour in 1987 and then dissolved the same year.
25 years later the band has reformed. Their new offering Dirt Church is a culmination of 9 tracks the band recorded in 1987 and 9 that were captured after their reformation. Subjectively, I wish there were more bands like this. GROUPOEM exhibit many of the tropes of punk and alternative, but the way they present it is unique and ultimately fresh. The stream of conscious type lyrics and masterful guitar playing and arrangements really set this band apart from the herd.
The self-proclaimed “Michael Jackson of mind melting math metal”, Synapse Defect, will return in 2018 with their third full-length album, Quantitative Easing; their first album since 2010. In anticipation of this monumental occasion, we at Svbterranean are stoked to bring the first single/video from the forthcoming record.
Titled “Gridsludge”, the new track is a pummeling amalgam of disemboweling grind, slamming death metal and chunky breakdowns, all of which are propelled by nauseating guttural vocals. The track means business, but the contrasting video is a humorous performance clip showing the band engaging in various acts of ridiculousness. Check out all the fun deathgrind after the break.