Goddamned Animals – My Second Cult Suicide
With roughly 42-minutes at their disposal, Goddamned Animals provide a catchy and bashing good time on their full-length debut, My Second Cult Suicide. Weaving together elements of angular post-hardcore, groove-laden hardcore and Blood Brothers-esque sass, this Portland act delivers the missing link between These Arms Are Snakes and Every Time I Die that listeners didn’t know they needed. The record is energetic, rambunctious, and full of earworm riffs and melodies that burrow into the ear canals and refuse to leave. The guitars carefully ride the line between grungy groove and frenetic angularity, as made evident by the opening one-two punch of “My Second Cult Suicide” and “Fox & Snake”. The riffs fluctuate between dissonant, off-kilter beatdowns and flurries of galloping, spiraling licks on these tracks, and throughout the record, while hammering percussion and wailing, snarky vocals tie everything together in a snotty hardcore package. The album’s sound doesn’t deviate much from the path, aside from the anthemic, melodic dirges featured on tracks like “Young Destroyers” and “Waiting on the Dawn in an Ambulance”, and remains stylistically consistent throughout. But while it doesn’t feature very many “gotcha” moments, My Second Cult Suicide has enough memorable riffs and unique swagger to keep listeners coming back.
Release Date: May 23, 2017
Favorite Tracks: “My Second Cult Suicide”, “Fox & Snake” and “The White American Will Be Held Accountable”
For Fans Of: These Arms Are Snakes, Every Time I Die, The Blood Brothers and Glassjaw
Elder Devil – Graves Among the Roots
Fresno’s Elder Devil deliver 16 minutes of unrelenting, caustic sound on their new EP, Graves Among the Roots. Armed to the teeth with buzzsaw riffs, pummeling mechanical percussion and scathing vocals, this grindcore duo keep things quick and painful on this new release. The guitars deliver tumultuous bursts of flesh-ripping riffs that culminate in cacophonies of six-string malevolence, while the percussion delivers relentlessly battering, industrial blast beats. Propelling this madness are throat-searing, vitriolic screams that spew bitter prose across this release. From the noise-ridden march of “Deep Vices”, to the chaotic aural beatdown of “Needless”, Graves Among the Roots leaves no one standing. Tracks such as “The Collected” paint in shades of Rotten Sound and Nasum, injecting Swedish death metal grit into a hellacious mix of high octane hatred and noxious groove. Tracks such as “Speechless” opt for a more blackened approach, employing tremolo-picked assaults that collide head-on with grinding breakdowns and earsplitting feedback. Elder Devil is a project that shows promise and Graves Among the Roots is a must-listen for misanthropes.
Release Date: May 11, 2017
Label: Medusa Crush Recordings
Favorite Tracks: “The Collected”, “New Gods” and “Needless”
For Fans Of: Rotten Sound, Nasum, The Secret and Full of Hell