Plaque Marks – Anxiety Driven Nervous Worship
Comprised of veterans of the Philadelphia music scene who have spent time in the likes of Fight Amp and Ecstatic Visions, Plaque Marks unleashes a vicious and cacophonous brand of noise rock on their debut EP, Anxiety Driven Nervous Worship. With an undoubtedly abrasive sound that would make Tom Hazelmyer blush, Anxiety Driven Nervous Worship delivers six tracks that go straight for the throat and refuse to yield. The eponymous stormer starts everything off with a barrage of skull-rattling bass lines and ludicrously distorted guitars that crash into one another in the midst of rampaging rhythms, and are spearheaded by Mike McGinnis’ venomous snarl. The groove-laden lurch of “Oregon Chem-Trail” comes crashing in next and is rife with muscular rhythms, caustic chords and wailing dissonance, all of which work together to bash listeners’ heads in. Tracks like “Animal Pleasures” present a rambunctious amalgam of grimy punk and early Melvins grit, while the eight-minute title track is a slow-burning wall of earsplitting feedback, lurching bass lines and obnoxiously noisy slide guitar. Anxiety Driven Nervous Worship is quick and to the point. It’s ugly, heavy and snarky like a good noise rock record should be. Fans of the genre should not let this one pass them by.
Release Date: October 27, 2017
Label: Learning Curve Records
Favorite Tracks: “Plaque Marks”, “Oregon Chem-Trail” and “Urban Blighters”
For Fans Of: Unsane, God Bullies, The Jesus Lizard and Fight Amp
American Standards – Anti-Melody
American Standards bring vitriolic hardcore and frenzied angularity in abundance on their newest full-length offering, Anti-Melody. Raw, chaotic and seething with anguish and angst, Anti-Melody is a ripping metalcore release that will appease fans of Every Time I Die, The Chariot and other similar acts. From the unrelenting metallic devastation of “Writers Block Party”, to the sludgy sprawl of “Chicago Overcoat”, this 24-minute barrage makes for a fairly intense listen. The bulk of the tracks are volatile noise punk ragers that shift unpredictably from hardcore stampedes, to mathcore-esque noisiness, while being propelled by frontman Brandon Kellum’s bitter yell. Particular cuts such as “Carpe Diem, Tomorrow”, “Church Burner” and “Cancer Eater” provide a crushing mix of spiraling licks, incendiary metallic hardcore and plenty of off-kilter, dissonant breakdowns. Then there’s the melodic slow-burner “Bartenders Without Wings”, which trades in punk grit for emotive post-hardcore dirges. While there are a couple of cuts that are considerably less memorable than some of the other cuts on this record (“Danger Music #9, for example), the overall fierceness and energy of the record is consistent throughout. Those looking for a solid modern metallic hardcore/metalcore/what have you record would be wise to check out Anti-Melody.
Release Date: April 28, 2017
Favorite Tracks: “Writers Block Party”, “Church Burner” and “Cancer Eater”
For Fans Of: Every Time I Die, The Chariot, The Greenery and Zao