Dogmathica – Start Becoming Nothing
Italy’s Dogmathica deliver plenty of throttling riffs and thick tones on their full-length debut, Start Becoming Nothing. Billed as “technical groove metal”, the band embody every sense of the term with their emphasis on angular riffs and infectious beatdowns. Start Becoming Nothing is what would happen if A Life Once Lost had a prog and industrial phase, or if Gojira wrote less about the environment and more about hating everything. The record is full of rhythmically jarring instrumentation that retains its impeccable sense of groove no matter what twists and turns the songs take. The guitars gallop, spiral and stomp while the percussion delivers its own seismic beating underneath. Songs like “Decandancers” and “Screaming in the Darkness” come across like a blistering blend between early Meshuggah and Gojira with their complex tempo shifts and earth-shattering, palm-muted riffs. Tracks such as “Praghma” and “Burnum” also kick out the burly guitar beatdowns, but also flirt with atmospheric melodies for added flavor. It can be a little one-dimensional at times, which results in occasionally forgettable riffs and some drag during the middle of the record. Although it could have benefited from a bit of variety, Start Becoming Nothing is a promising debut nonetheless and is sure to appease fans of the riff.
Release Date: April 21, 2018
Favorite Tracks: “Chanel N°0”, “Decandancers”, and “Screaming in the Darkness”
For Fans Of: Gojira, Meshuggah, and Chimaira
Scalp the Pioneer – Graveyard Tan
After releasing a promising demo and single in 2017, Boston’s Scalp the Pioneer return with a bludgeoning new EP, Graveyard Tan. Weaving together hyperactive hardcore with ignorantly heavy beatdowns, Scalp the Pioneer have an interesting and unforgiving sound that is amplified tenfold on this new four-track EP. The release begins with “Donald Fuck”, which opens with moody clean guitars and a tension-building groove. Soon lumbering sludge chords and chugging riffs come into view and lay waste to the listener. The track then transitions into a high octane assault of jittery hardcore and spastic dissonance before reaching its climax of galloping breakdowns. The one-two punch of “Death-Oi!” and “God Pubes” follow next, both of which begin with mosh-heavy, thrashy hardcore and end with skull-crushing sludge. The release is brought to a close by the very Dystopia-esque “Good Looks Dot Com”. The song begins with a burst of flesh-ripping powerviolence and earsplitting vocals that bleeds seamlessly into the track’s lengthy climax of monolithic, antisocial doom. With just 12 minutes to spare, this short but unsweet release is perfect for those who are pissed off at just about everything.
Release Date: April 30, 2018
Favorite Tracks: “Donald Fuck” and “God Pubes”
For Fans Of: Dystopia, Secret Cutter, Charles Bronson, and Disembodied
Scumworm – EP
Spain’s Scumworm offer 11 minutes of grimy grind on their self-titled EP. Following their 2016 EP Funesto Cepo, Scumworm up the dirtiness and the fury on this new, six-track offering. The instrumentation on this short release is indicative of old-school grindcore, but with hints of sludge and death metal thrown into the mix. The corrosive guitars and equally caustic bass engage in a pissing contest to see who is uglier throughout this recording, while the drumming unleashes blast beats aplenty. Tracks such as “Acción Violenta” and “Mentes Deformes” feature stampedes of sonic hatred that transition from grindcore grit to mosh-worthy thrash and d-beat on the drop of a dime. Disemboweling, tremolo-picked riffs rife with death metal fury appear in tracks like “Gentrificación Masiva”, while galloping sludge metal sections bleed into bleak grind on cuts such as “Escupiendo Carne”. While it doesn’t necessary reinvent wheel, Scumworm‘s EP uses said wheel to run listeners over.
Release Date: April 16, 2018
Favorite Tracks: “Dios Occulto” and “Escupiendo Carne”
For Fans Of: Napalm Death, Cripple Bastards, and Assuck
Vampillia – Happiness Brought By Endless Sorrow
Japan’s “brutal orchestra” Vampillia return with seven minutes of sonic insanity on Happiness Brought By Endless Sorrow. From post-rock to doom to avant-garde to grindcore, Vampillia have toyed with just about every genre imaginable and continue to get weirder with each release. Happiness Brought By Endless Sorrow is no different of course. This four-track EP sees the collective revisiting their loose interpretations of hardcore and grind, but with the intent of unleashing everything in their arsenal in short sonic bursts. The guitars twitch and seizure with hardcore intensity while the drums relentlessly pummel the listener into dust. Layers upon layers of unorthodox instrumentation are then pilled on top and subsequently spearheaded by unhinged screams. Harsh noise, whimsical electronic blips, melodic keys, violin leads, and a myriad of other sounds collide in a delightful cacophony of kaleidoscopic sound. It’s the sound of Naked City crossed with the soundtrack to a Hayao Miyazaki film on acid. It’s the funnest sensory overload one could possibly have.
Release Date: May 4, 2018
Label: Temple of Torturous
Favorite Tracks: “Winter Ash” and “Ggggzzgggzzz”
For Fans Of: Endon, Naked City, Melt Banana, and Fantomas