For the uninitiated, Bell Witch is a funeral doom duo comprised of former Samothrace bassist Dylan Desmond and recently joined drummer Jesse Schreibman, who began working with Desmond after the departure of founding member Adrian Guerra. Their new release, titled Mirror Reaper, is the band’s third full length, and while it strays from its predecessors in terms of format, it treads the same thematic territory of death, disillusionment, and the dawning of a fragile sense of hope. Continue Reading
Metallic hardcore outfit Centuries have announced the release of their sophomore full-length record and follow-up to 2013’s Taedium Vitae. The new record, which was recorded by Kris Hilbert (Torch Runner, The Body, et al) and mastered by Brad Boatright, will be titled The Lights of This Earth Are Blinding and will see a release through Southern Lord on January 12, 2018. The album’s artwork and track listing can be found after the break, along with a stream of new track “Bygones”.
Photo by John Mazlish
Back in June of 2016, NYC’s Infinite Spectrum
delivered their sophomore LP, Haunter of the Dark
; a progressive metal opus that rivals the material of acts like Dream Theater
and Symphony X
. In honor of Halloween, we at Svbterranean bring you the official lyric video for the track “The Stranger Things I’ve Learned”, which is taken from the H.P. Lovecraft inspired album. The prog ballad is set to an enthralling set of images, curated by Wayne Joyner, that hint at the occult and things Lovecraftian. The band had the following to say regarding the track: Continue Reading
In SVB Halloween Theater, we asked various musicians and fellow bloggers to talk about some of their favorite horror films.
Brain Pick is a monthly podcast in which Marc Bourgon (Greber, Cancelled, et al) speaks to musicians, and people in the industry, about their creative process.
In true grindcore fashion, Rob and I rip through my water-headed questions at 900bpm. Touching on things like getting ideas at weird times and figuring out how drums work themselves into shit, Rob gives some great insight on how Wake makes their unique blend of uncomfortable and ripping grind.
Legendary Philadelphia metal outfit Starkweather have announced the release of a new split release with Portuguese experimental death metallers Concealment (artwork above). The forthcoming split is due out sometime in 2018 via Translation Loss Records and Sky Valley Records. No other information regarding the release has been unveiled thus far. Check out a brief audio/visual trailer for the split after the break. Continue Reading
All Pigs Must Die is a veritable super group of musicians from underground bands, consisting of Kevin Baker (The Hope Conspiracy), Ben Koller (Converge), Matt Woods and Adam Wentworth (Bloodhorse). The band has put out two full lengths (2011’s God Is War and 2013’s Nothing Violates This Nature) that were rip roaring and rage-filled, filled with crust metallic hardcore that was a pure ideal of what angry music should be when one looks at the parts that make the whole. They have since added Brian Izzi of Trap Them to their band, and have a new release titled Hostage Animal. Continue Reading
I really don’t need to introduce Cannibal Corpse but I am going to do it anyways: They are icons of the genre, the biggest known death metal band, the highest selling death metal band, the hardest working death metal band who has been doing this consistently for nearly 30 years straight. This band is known to take gore themes and give them a more horrific twist with songs like “Entrails Ripped From A Virgins Cunt” & “Addicted To Vaginal Skin”. Using the past stories of real disgusting murderers to straight up being imaginative and sickening, their themes are always disgustingly brilliant and the music has always been satisfyingly crushing. From the brilliant debut album “Eaten Back To Life” to “A Skeletal Domain”, Cannibal Corpse have always quenched my death metal thirst. The same applies for their 14th studio album: “Red Before Black“, the barbaric lyrics and riffs just never stop and even after 30 years of song writing, touring and releasing 14 albums…..they still have it. Continue Reading
It is sometimes surprisingly difficult to remember the first time you encountered a particular thing, even when that thing later turns out to be significantly meaningful, or something you really enjoy. Amenra is like that for me, in that I’m not sure when exactly I ran across them first or what led me to it. I do remember that the first exposure I had to them was seeing a video for their song The Pain. It Is Shapeless, which had been set to scenes from E. Elias Merhige’s dark surrealist film Begotten. If you haven’t seen Begotten before, its an extremely intense high contrast black and white art film that begins with a scene in which a god figure seated in a chair is disemboweling itself while vomiting filth. I had seen the film before and was always really drawn to its aesthetic and strangeness. It blew my mind a little that someone had decided to use it as a music video. Then the Amenra song began playing over it and somehow worked as a perfect complement in that moment. So, naturally I dove down the Amenra rabbit hole immediately afterward. Continue Reading
New York noise metallers Gnaw return with the third chapter in their terrifying discography, Cutting Pieces.
Unifying former and current members of Khanate, Enos Slaughters, Insect Ark and other acts across the underground music spectrum, Gnaw deliver a twisted and outre sound that is anything but easy listening. Its twisted amalgam of noise, industrial and a myriad of other strange musical stylings gnaws into the listener’s psyche, as the band’s name suggests. It’s not easily digestible, but it is highly rewarding for extreme music fans with mashochistic tendencies. Continue Reading