Blackthorne – Blackthorne
Blackthorne churn out 14 minutes of non-stop, flesh-ripping riffs on their self-titled debut. Comprised of former members of KillSadie, Chibalo, among others, Minnesota’s Blackthorne possess a hellacious and infectious sound that blends elements of black metal, speed metal, and powerviolence. Their music is the combination between Today Is the Day, Iron Maiden and Charles Bronson no one knew they needed. Throughout their 10-track debut, Blackthorne unleash burst after burst of hyperspeed instrumentation that sears listeners with blackened grit and NWOBHM buzz. The guitars spiral chaotic around listeners’ heads, feverishly shifting back-and-forth between high octane, serpentine riffs and thrashing hardcore chords. The drumming proves to be equally intense as it completely freaks out underneath, while snarky, Steve Austin-esque vocals cut through everything above. Blackthorne‘s debut is a unique and blistering listen that may be very brief, but will nonetheless leave a lasting impression.
Release Date: October 6, 2018
Label: Damien Records
Favorite Tracks: “Death Called Hoax”, “The Mind’s Ear” and “Ignoramus Relgion”
For Fans Of: Today Is the Day, Charles Bronson and Orchid
Infernal Coil – Within a World Forgotten
Infernal Coil deliver a deadly, churning maelstrom of cacophonous death metal on their debut full-length release, Within a World Forgotten. Following in the footsteps of the Burning Prayer of Infinite Hatred demo and Bodies Set in Ashen Death EP, released in 2016 and 2017 respectively, Within a World Forgotten unleashes a sensory overload of sound that could prove fatal for those with heart conditions. Grindcore, death metal, black metal, and a wealth of suffocating atmosphere collide on this nearly 40-minute onslaught and refuses to show mercy. The songs waste no time pouncing upon the listener and ripping them to shreds with stampedes of dissonant riffs and life-ending drumming. With the exception of the sprawling, haunting conclusion attached to the 10-minute centerpiece “49 Suns”, Within a World Forgotten provides one seamless, vicious beating after another. The guitars, angular and malformed, blend with the thick atmospherics and cavernous vocals to create this rush of auditory malevolence that bears down upon listeners for the entirety of the record. Infernal Coil‘s debut offers the kind of brutal intensity most death metal bands wish they could deliver.
Release Date: September 14, 2018
Label: Profound Lore Records
Favorite Tracks: “Continuum Cruciatus”, “49 Suns” and “Bodies Set in Ashen Death”
For Fans Of: Our Place of Worship is Silence, Portal, Of Feather and Bone and Pissgrave
Horsewhip – Horsewhip
The self-titled debut from Florida’s Horsewhip is no less than a whirlwind of caustic, high-octane hardcore. Comprised of scene veterans who have spent time in the likes of Combatwoundedveteran and Reversal of Man, Horsewhip craft a familiar yet unique sound that straddles the line between the bitter crust of His Hero is Gone and the emoviolence of bands like Orchid. This 18-minute release kicks out one blistering tune after another, appealing to the tastes of genre aficionados and newcomers in the process. The songs rip and roar with speedy bursts of angular hardcore riffs and head-rattling drumming that never seem to let up in intensity. The instrumentation is full of razor-sharp grit but does not sacrifice its impeccable sense of groove and low-end when the songs kick into maximum overdrive. The music is essentially a carefully controlled chaos, but chaos nonetheless. Fans of 90s hardcore, screamo, and getting punched in the face shouldn’t pass up this release.
Release Date: September 14, 2018
Label: Financial Ruin
Favorite Tracks: “Funeral Circus”, “Dirt Bag”, “Spill” and “Fires”
For Fans Of: Portrayal of Guilt, His Hero is Gone, Cursed and pg.99
Bangladeafy – Ribboncutter
New York duo Bangladeafy return with their signature brand of cartoonish math metal on Ribboncutter. For the uninitiated, the sounds produced by bassist Jon Ehlers and drummer Atif Haq is essentially what would happen if Les Claypool joined Don Caballero, or if Hella were raised on a steady diet of LSD and Mr. Bungle. The highly technical, dissonant, yet eccentric racket these gentlemen make is unique to them and to them alone. Following in the footsteps of 2016’s Narcopaloma, Ribboncutter continues to refine and expand upon their delightfully weird sound and make it more, well, weird. For roughly 22 minutes, Bangladeafy bestow one dizzying beating after another in rapid succession. Haq’s intense, frantic drumming lays the groundwork for these chaotic tracks and pounds like the heart of a highly-caffeinated individual. Ehler’s meticulous, complex bass riffs gallop, bounce and spiral all over the place accompanied by an endless array of kaleidoscopic effects. The instrumentation is noisy, angular, but doesn’t sacrifice groove or memorability in the process. Everything just seems to come together in a very cohesive and focused way, much more than the records that preceded it. Ribboncutter is a fun record for those who find cerebral hemorrhaging fun.
Release Date: September 21, 2018
Label: Nefarious Industries
Favorite Tracks: “Espionage”, “Ribboncutter”, “Swamp Gat”, “Conch” and “Seaplane”
For Fans Of: Hella, Don Caballero,Town Portal and Tera Melos