Tourniquet – I Hate the Way This Makes Me Feel.
New Jersey’s Tourniquet break out the neck-snapping metalcore jams on their newest release, I Hate the Way This Makes Me Feel. Taking pages from the likes of Disembodied and pre-Vanity-era Eighteen Visions, as well as their contemporaries, Tourniquet is yet another newer act to modernize the early metalcore sound. On this short, but definitely unsweet release, this Jersey quartet churn out riff after pummeling riff without fail. The listener will know exactly what they are getting themselves into once they are assaulted by the dissonant beatdown that opens up the record’s first track, “Black Cups of Spit”. Thereafter, the band unleash galloping, muscular breakdowns in abundance that thunder and shriek in off-kilter fashions. Massive grooves and disemboweling grind also make an appearance as the band transition frantically from one tumultuous section to the next, adding more chaos to an already chaotic affair. All-in-all, Tourniquet‘s I Hate the Way This Makes Me Feel is not revolutionary by any means, but it is gloriously pissed off.
Release Date: June 8, 2018
Favorite Tracks: “Black Cups of Spit”, “Copper Palms” and “Nine Dead Angels”
For Fans Of: Disembodied, Eighteen Visions, Spitfire, Bloodbather, Vein and Code Orange
Bruise – Grief Ritual
Those looking to get their teeth knocked out will do well to dive into Bruise‘s full-length debut, Grief Ritual. Weaving in-and-out of modern metallic hardcore and sludgy beatdown, this Indiana band deliver a very familiar sound with more piss and vinegar than most. Listening to the nine tracks Grief Ritual offers is akin to being repeatedly bashed in the face with a brick, but in a good way. The songs gallop and grumble with bitter, palm-muted riffs that bludgeon with each chord. When the band isn’t employing beatdowns to do their dirty work, they charge upon the listener with mosh-worthy hardcore chord progressions, throwing in an angular shift every so often to switch things up. Then, unsurprisingly, all of these musical elements build anticipation for a breakdowns of life-ending proportions. To put it simply, Bruise‘s Grief Ritual is a solid modern hardcore record that will leave listeners, well, bruised.
Release Date: August 31, 2018
Label: Unbeaten Records
Favorite Tracks: “All Eyes”, “Sweet Release” and “Blessing or a Curse”
For Fans Of: Queensway, Candy, Year of the Knife and Terror
Shame – Failure to Understand the Human Condition
Shame crank out 15 minutes of heart-stopping, schizophrenic mathcore on their new EP, Failure to Understand the Human Condition. Drawing equally from modern hardcore’s infatuation with old school metalcore and Myspace-era spazz bands, this Oklahoma-based act delivers auditory mayhem on multiple fronts. The EP’s five tumultuous tracks are filled to the brim with erratic rhythmic shifts, frantic and obtuse riff structures, a plethora of dissonant breakdowns, and some grim samples for good measure. The guitars shriek and churn with noisy, disfigured grind stylings that are accentuated by equally unhinged drumming. The massive beatdowns the album provides range from palm-muted, dissonant chords, to traditional metalcore gallops. To keep the chaos flowing, sudden bursts of spiraling licks also appear at a moment’s notice, as do brief jazz breaks (see “404 (dead and gone)”). From start to finish, Failure to Understand the Human Condition is a relentless sensory overload that is perfect for those who enjoy having seizures.
Release Date: August 10, 2018
Favorite Tracks: “Error in a Recurring Thought” and “404 (dead and gone)”
For Fans Of: Into the Moat, Vein, See You Next Tuesday and Seizures
Construct of Lethe – Exiler
Construct of Lethe subject listeners to 40 minutes of suffocating, chaotic death metal on their newest full-length release, Exiler. Construct of Lethe have one foot in the genre’s lineage and the other exploring different realms of possibility, making for an album that will pique the interests of the typical death metal fan, but defy their expectations as well. Once the melodic solo work that opens “Rot of Augury” transitions into a maelstrom of cacophonous dissonance and churning groove, it becomes immediately clear to the listener that the band have no intention of sticking to a tried and true formula. Songs like the foreboding “The Clot” blend galloping, bulldozing riffs and menacing atmospherics while sudden rhythmic shifts transform it into something far more chaotic. Cuts like the over seven-minute “Soubirous” transition seamlessly back-and-forth between towering sludge, trudging, angular death, and bestial black metal stylings up until its fiery conclusion. Exiler is complex without being overly flashy and bludgeoning without being monotonously straightforward, striking a happy medium that will appease death metal fans of all walks of life.
Release Date: June 8, 2018
Label: Everlasting Spew Records
Favorite Tracks: “Rot of Augury”, “The Clot” and “Fester in Hesychasm”
For Fans Of: Near Death Condition, Nile, Gorguts and Hate Eternal
Below a Silent Sky – A View From Afar
Germany’s Below a Silent Sky deliver a cinematic post-metal epic with their sophomore full-length album, A View From Afar. Residing somewhere between the sprawling heaviness of early Pelican and Neurosian dynamism, Below a Silent’s Sky sound is one that is ever-moving, emotionally potent, and undoubtedly crushing. That sound is pushed to its limits on A View From Afar, a nearly 60-minute long journey through various sonic passages and towering guitar riffs. In true post-metal fashion, the five songs featured on A View From Afar feature constantly flowing sections of slow-burning, rising-and-falling instrumentation. Long stretches of tension-building, icy melodies build into triumphant marches of massive, city-leveling sludge, and vice versa. Shorter tracks like “Caverns of Light” and “Earthshifter” showcase more emphasis on the aforementioned sludge aspects of the band’s sound, but with more dissonant riffs, angular grooves and shimmering atmospheres to break things up. The album proudly sticks true to post-metal’s lineage, but displays a great desire to go above and beyond genre conventions. A View From Afar is a must-listen for any fan of all things “post”.
Release Date: March 11, 2018
Favorite Tracks: “Caverns of Light” and “The Great Divide”
For Fans Of: Neurosis, Pelican, Hemelbestormer and Omega Massif
Neverending Winter – Сеногной
Neverending Winter meld vicious death metal, black metal and crust punk on their most recent grim, frostbitten EP, Сеногной. Fast, unpredictable and dynamic, this Russian act unleash a flawlessly blended mix of various extreme metal subgenres that will rip the faces from listeners. The three-track release begins with blizzard-like soundscapes that bleed into a burst of blistering, melodic black metal on “Новый рассвет”. “Frost Leash” comes crashing next with a unyielding barrage of dissonant, gruesome guitars that tow the line between grindcore and black metal while hellacious blast beats thunder underneath. Propelled by snarling vocals and peppered with layers of swirling atmospherics, “Frost Leash” shows just how much of a sensory overload the band can provide. The EP is then brought to a close by the nearly eight-minute title track, which shifts fluidly from blackened death metal stampedes, to hardcore-laden assaults, to melodic interludes throughout its duration. Neverending Winter‘s Сеногной is an impressive and heart-stopping release that will pique the interests of those who like to wear corpse paint every now and again.
Release Date: January 27, 2018
Label: Slowsnow Records/THEY LIVE! Records
Favorite Tracks: “Frost Leash”
For Fans Of: Bastard Feast, The Secret, Wiegedood and Craft