Zao are one of those bands that I lost touch with and then they erupted back on the scene for me last year. Their most recent full-length, The Well-Intentioned Virus was insanely good and jolted into my Top 5 of last year relatively quickly. When I recently learned that the band wasn’t done and would be releasing a new 12″ EP titled Pyrrhic Victory, I cheered. Well, the band is currently streaming a new track from said EP titled “The Host Has Bared Its Teeth.” You can check out the track and a blurb from vocalist Dan Weyandt. SO EXCITED. Continue Reading
Amenra are back, bitches! This sludgy doom act has been putting out choice album after choice album since the early 2000s and their impending Mass VI will be their first since 2012. I know I’m pumped about it, even moreso since the band released their new music video for their track “Children Of The Eye” today. The video is creepy and beautiful and it’s got me super stoked. Check it out after the jump and spout off about your own excitement. Continue Reading
Man, this month’s column has been a complete trip down memory lane and this last one from me is a real trip back to the well. This is an album that I bought brand-spankin’-new when it came out and listened to it so fucking much that I had to replace it within two months of the original purchase. Fuuuuck. The album in question is none other than the sophomore album from 36 Crazyfists titled A Snow Capped Romance. This was the first album that came to mind when Lane pitched this column to me and I know he holds it in high regard also. Continue Reading
Brain Pick is a monthly podcast in which Marc Bourgon (Greber, Cancelled, Fuck the Facts, et al) speaks to musicians, and people in the industry, about their creative process.
This month I speak with the ever-lovely Leon del Muerte. Gracing many brilliant records with his brand of gut-removing aggression, he and I speak about collaborating with other musicians, getting from point A to point C as well as finding inspiration in other peoples radness.
Montreal’s Big|Brave push their vast, hypnotic sound to emotionally potent and soul-crushing extremes on their third full-length record, Ardor.
Following 2015’s critically-heralded Au De La, Ardor recaptures and refines the tone of its predecessor and fully embraces the band’s knack for crafting sprawling soundscapes full of cathartic tension and release. Somewhere between Swans‘ mind-numbing repetition and Godspeed You! Black Emperor‘s post-apocalyptic sonic narratives lies Ardor‘s sound, thriving within walls of reverberating feedback and towering groove. Continue Reading