Gulch – Burning Desire to Draw Last Breath
San Jose’s Gulch are poised to carve out their own path within modern hardcore with the release of their debut EP, Burning Desire to Draw Last Breath. Drawing equally from metallic hardcore, death metal and thrash metal, Gulch‘s debut is face-ripping from start to finish. The songs featured on this release are wholly vitriolic and unpredictable, weaving in-and-out of various extreme metal subgenres and fusing them as well. Tracks like “Gruel for the Beast” cycle between storming hardcore chord progressions and disemboweling, tremolo-picked riffs before ending in a thrashing, off-kilter breakdown of epic proportions. Songs like the volatile title track unleash galloping riffs peppered with spastic bursts of death metal that lead toward unexpected sections of blast beat laden filth and crushing breakdowns indicative of slam death metal. In between modern hardcore’s emphasis on beatdowns and metalcore revival, it can be hard to find a newer band that stands out from the pack. Luckily Gulch reject both and create something new entirely.
Release Date: August 10, 2018
Label: Creator-Destructor Records
Favorite Tracks: “Burning Desire to Draw Last Breath” and “Gruel for the Beast”
For Fans Of: Candy, Integrity, and No Right
Atlas At Last – Mild Peril
Atlas At Last‘s full-length debut is a unique, emotive, and delightfully erratic tour de force. On Mild Peril, the trio deliver an abrasive mix of post-hardcore and emo that balances between pop sensibility and complete sonic bombardment. From the post-rock/screamo hybrid of “The Unreliable Narrator”, to the sad ballad-into-emotive hardcore freakout of “Synthesis”, Mild Peril is a non-stop barrage of awe-inspiring songwriting and infectious hooks. Propelled by equally commanding and off-kilter vocal performances, the songs featured on this 33-minute release transition from melodic indie ballads into cacophonies of angular guitars on the drop of a dime. Songs like “Fathom” and “Flutter” bleed shimmering, reflective cleans with hellacious bursts of blistering, hyperactive guitars seamlessly. The album’s shorter cuts “Thesis” and “Antithesis”, in contrast, pack in as much of the aforementioned blistering, hyperactive guitars as possible into shorter timeframes. All-in-all, Atlas At Last‘s Mild Peril is an impressive and ludicrously catchy debut that will hopefully spawn many more releases in the future.
Release Date: May 18, 2018
Favorite Tracks: “Fathom”, “Flutter”, and “The Horror Vacui”
For Fans Of: Cursive, Faraquet, awakebutstillinbed, and Glassjaw