Juan Bond – Juan Bond
Staying true to their self-proclaimed “weirdo metal” label, Juan Bond‘s self-titled EP is delightfully bonkers. This Brooklyn-based outfit combines the frenetic pummeling and jazz breaks of mathcore acts like The Dillinger Escape Plan and The Number 12 Looks Like You, with more straightforward, anthemic post-hardcore instrumentation and vocals that bring the likes of Glassjaw to mind. The band’s utilization of psychedelic oddness, violins and clarinet, nudge the band closer to avant-garde acts like Naked City and Fantomas. The result is like being lost in a carnival while on LSD with no exit in sight. Tracks like “Porky” showcase the band’s penchant for jarring rhythms and chaotic hardcore assaults. The guitar riffs jerk and twitch out of frantic, palm-muted staccato rhythms into flurries of dissonant angularity, while tinges of melody and furious violin continue to keep everything unpredictable. “Gay Gardenz” keeps the weirdness flowing with sudden shifts between rhythmic insanity, feverish and jagged amusement park mathcore and dissonant pop instrumentation. Then there’s the more accessible “Octokween”, which brings everything to a close with earworm choruses and driving post-hardcore marches. Juan Bond is a lot of things at once, and its slight messiness and “anything goes” mentality gives it its charm.
Release Date: December 30, 2017
Favorite Tracks: “Gay Gardenz”
For Fans Of: The Dillinger Escape Plan, Mr. Bungle and Sleeptytime Gorilla Museum
Vile Ones – Teeth
Oh, Sleeper vocalist Micah Kinard and former Scarlet guitarist and drummer Randy Vanderbilt and Andreas Magnusson contribute to the ever growing metalcore revival with Vile Ones. On Teeth, their debut EP release, Vile Ones hark back to the early, more chaotic days of the metalcore genre and become one of many to bring that influential sound to a newer generation. The six-song effort features nothing that hasn’t been done before, but considering the resumes of those involved with this project, everything feels genuine and passionate. Tracks like the anguished “Keep Your Teeth” storm out of the gate with a menagerie of off-kilter riffs and stuttering rhythms. The guitars gallop frantically and produce jagged, hyperactive riffs that spiral around the listener and discombobulate them before ripping them to shreds. “Mad Man” takes a slightly different approach by churning out controlled, lurching, dissonant riffs that repeat in odd meters ensuring the listener is kept on their toes and properly beaten. Every Time I Die-esque metalcore grooves collide with dizzying breakdowns on “A Drink with M.L. Crassus”, while a whirlwind of mathcore insanity is unleashed on “Pollack”. All-in-all, Vile Ones’ debut release is a solid and heavy-hitting one, and one that will sound fresh and nostalgic at the same time.
Release Date: January 5, 2018
Label: Good Fight
Favorite Tracks: “Keep Your Teeth” and “Pollack”
For Fans Of: Scarlet, Spitfire, Nora and Converge