Aeviterne – Sireless
Aeviterne craft some truly dark and foreboding death metal on their debut EP, Sireless. Composed of former and current members of Flourishing and Artificial Brain, Aeviterne‘s sound reflects its lineage with its abstract take on death metal. Although only consisting of two songs, Sireless makes the most out of the 10 minutes it is given. The opening track, “Spring of Mirrors”, is a gloriously malevolent track that flattens listeners beneath its furious blast beats, atonal guitar riffs, and haunting atmospheres. The track weaves together Gorgutsian lurches, oddly-spaced riffs, and Portal-esque cacophonies to create a writhing mass of blackened sound that ensnares listeners with its many tentacles. “Inborn”, in contrast, is a bit more straightforward and full of thunderous, pseudo industrial groove. While the band’s emphasis on angularity and dissonance remain, the track’s penchant for serpentine groove sounds like what might happen if a band like Ulcerate covered Killing Joke. All-in-all, Aeviterne‘s debut record is a maelstrom of outre death metal that will have listeners chomping at the bit for more.
Release Date: May 4, 2018
Label: P2 Recordings
Favorite Track: “Spring of Mirrors”
For Fans Of: Gorguts, Portal and Zhrine
Wanderer – Abandoned
Armed with buzzsaw guitars and vicious attitudes, Minneapolis’ Wanderer crank out 12 minutes of blistering metallic hardcore on their new EP, Abandoned. Dark, unpredictable, and fueled by gritty HM-2 distortion, Wanderer‘s Abandoned is a searing release that should pique the interest of fans of Trap Them, Baptists, and getting punched in the face. Reverberating, melancholic chords open up the record on “Burial At Sea” before the track unleashes a devastating blitz of chaotic drumming and crunchy, antisocial guitar riffs. The song is a proud display of rampaging modern hardcore that is full of sudden rhythmic shifts and dissonant flourishes, but is only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to this volatile record. Track’s like “Parasite” dial back the hardcore in favor of dissonant metalcore stylings that are characterized by noisy, angular riffs and lurching, off-kilter breakdowns. Then there are tracks like the title track that attempted to blend everything into one. “Abandoned” delivers the best of what the band has to offer; hardcore stampedes peppered with discordant licks and world-ending, feedback infused beatdowns. In short, Wanderer‘s new recording sounds pretty damn mean.
Release Date: March 16, 2018
Favorite Tracks: “Burial At Sea” and “Abandoned”
For Fans Of: Trap Them, Baptists, Alpinist and Early Graves