Transient with Bastard Noise – Sources of Human Satisfaction
Portland grinders Transient make a glorious return with their violent, sophomore full-length, Sources of Human Satisfaction. Picking up where their 2013 self-titled LP left off, the band continue to throttle listeners with their dirty, off-kilter brand of grindcore. Joining the band this time around is infamous noisemaker Eric Wood, aka Bastard Noise, who utilizes an assortment of harsh noise and strange soundscapes at the most opportune moments. While they only have a mere 20 minutes at their disposal the band make every riff and every earsplitting noise count. The songs are rife with raw, stripped down instrumentation comprised of grimy guitar riffs and frantic drumming. The songs weave in and out of traditional, tremolo-picked grind assaults into more hardcore-oriented sections with ease. Often times these sonic bombardments are displaced by subtle rhythmic shifts, resulting in a more chaotic feel than anticipated. The hellacious nature of the record is then heightened by both Wood’s perfectly timed noise bursts and Krysta Curry-Martinez’ acidic screams. The band may have been silent for quite some time now, but Sources of Human Satisfaction was definitely worth the wait.
Release Date: August 10, 2018
Label: Six Weeks Records
Favorite Tracks: “Night Ass”, “Cave Mouth”, “Full Recovery” and “Bloodline”
For Fans Of: Nasum, Napalm Death, Full of Hell, Infest and Fuck the Facts
Bummer – Holy Terror
Bummer take all of the best elements of noise rock and force feeds them steroids on their debut album, Holy Terror. This Kansas City trio’s take on the sound is harsh, sludgy and groovy, acting as a missing link between older artists like Hammerhead and newer acts like Whores. For 25 minutes the band unleash bludgeoning heaviness and boundless energy that never seems to yield across the album’s 10 tracks. From the ugly grunge of “HeXXX Games”, to the dissonant lurch of “Arts and Crafts”, Holy Terror delivers everything noise rock fans love and then some. Vitriolic vocals, hammering guitars and drum work all work together to create some of the catchiest and heaviest songs of the genre in recent memorie. Songs like “Pledge Week” and “Reefer Madness” speak to the more “punk” aspects of the sound, while cuts such as “Fred Savage 420” showcase noise rock’s penchant for angularity and off-kilter rhythms. Then there are sludgier cuts like “Astro Bastard”, which plays out like a Houdini/Stoner Witch era Melvins song high on amphetamines. While Holy Terror doesn’t reinvent the wheel at the end of the day, it does use said wheel to run listeners over. Holy Terror is a very, very promising debut and will hopefully the first of many solid record from Bummer.
Release Date: August 24, 2018
Label: Learning Curve Records/High Dive Records
Favorite Tracks: “HeXXX Games”, “Astro Bastard”, “Fred Savage 420” and “Arts and Crafts”
For Fans Of: Hammerhead, Whores, Unsane, Wrong and Fight Amp
Void Rot – Consumed by Oblivion
Minneapolis’ Void Rot deliver 16 minutes of cacophonous death-doom on their debut EP, Consumed by Oblivion. Drawing influence from other death-doom purveyors such as Hooded Menace and Spectral Voice, Void Rot‘s music is atmospheric, towering and crushing. The EP’s three, sprawling songs highlight the heaviest aspects of the genre. The songs conjure enormous, brooding doom chords that are choked by thick layers of dark atmosphere and peppered with reverberating, dissonant melodies. The chords lurch along as the drumming rumbles underneath, eventually leading to stampedes of tremolo-picked destruction. While Consumed by Oblivion possesses a solid and faithful death-doom sound, it unfortunately recycles similar riff and song patterns throughout, resulting in some meandering moments. Void Rot‘s debut is undoubtedly heavy, but its rather straightforward songwriting keeps it from being as effective as it could have been.
Release Date: August 3, 2018
Label: Everlasting Spew Records/Sentient Ruin Laboratories
Favorite Tracks: “Ancient Seed”
For Fans Of: Hooded Menace, Krypts and Spectral Voice