Death Lottery – EP II
South Florida’s Death Lottery deliver bratty skate/garage punk on their aptly titled sophomore EP, EP II. Comprised of five stripped-down, noisy and infectious punk anthems, EP II provides a solid soundtrack to bumming on your friend’s couch and consuming all of their beer. Once the opening track “12th Meal (Moser’s Lament)” kicks the record off with bursts of reverb-laden power chords and buzzing guitar solos, the listener knows what kind of racket to expect. Songs such as “Wolf’s Bud” will inspire half-pipe domination with its mix of distorted and disjointed leads and high octane punk riffs, which are propelled by equally hyperactive drumming. “Tequila w/ Sammy Hagar” switches things up a bit and ventures down the path of surf punk with its raw, tremolo-picked grooves and seasick rhythms. The EP doesn’t break the mold stylistically or thematically, but it is quick bit of fun nonetheless. Those who like to get drunk/high, skate, and maybe commit minor acts of vandalism will want to take note.
Release Date: September 11, 2018
Label: Freetime Boyz Entertainment Worldwide Inc.
Favorite Tracks: “12th Meal (Moser’s Lament)” and “Future Caveperson”
For Fans Of: Lagwagon, The Stooges, Pennywise and FIDLAR
The Turin Horse – The Turin Horse
The unique flavor of noise rock that The Turin Horse display on their debut EP is devastating in every sense of the word. Armed with gritty, drop-tuned guitars, both sludgy and discordant riffs, and layers of noise and power electronics, this Italian act aim to decimate eardrums with this release. The EP begins with the rambunctious “The Regret Song”, which starts out with eccentric angular riffs that gallop and slide into buzzing noise. As it reaches its final moments, the song transitions into a section of towering sludge grooves and dissonant harmonies that end the song on a destructive note. The band then give their highly distorted, noise and electronic infused take on Unsane‘s “Blame Me” for the second track. The EP is then brought to a close by the massive-sounding “The Light That Failed”, which is comprised of seismic sludgy guitars, layers of glimmering atmosphere, and an extended outro of hallucinogenic soundscapes. Once the record kicks off to its grimy start, it is hard not to get sucked into the mayhem. The Turin Horse is definitely a noise rock/metal act to keep an eye out for.
Release Date: January 26, 2018
Label: Rodomonte Dischi, Sangue Dischi, Shove Records, Vollmer Industries, and Hell Comes Home
Favorite Tracks: “The Regret Song”
For Fans Of: KEN mode, Sofy Major and PORD
Logleg – Hell No
Logleg‘s debut release may be titled Hell No, but fans of stoner metal will be saying “hell yes”. Delivering equal parts of grunge riffage, psychedelia, and the desert rock swagger of Kyuss/early Queens of the Stone Age, this Ukrainian act capitalizes on various aspects of the stoner scene in one six-track EP. The alternative rock strut and drop-tuned grooves of “In the Mouth of Madness” kicks the EP off to an infectious start, and leads directly into the acid-laced blues rock of “Piggy”. The driving, dirty sludge rock of “A Few Degrees” takes listeners on a road trip through the desert, while the hazy-eyed instrumentals of “Istanbul” will have listeners reaching for their illicit substance of choice. Logleg definitely wear their influences on their sleeves and Hell No doesn’t break any new ground for genre. Regardless, the record is well-executed, catchy, and fans of stoner rock/metal will enjoy it nonetheless.
Release Date: September 3, 2018
Favorite Tracks: “Piggy” and “Gone For Good”
For Fans Of: Kyuss, Greenleaf, Monolord and Queens of the Stone Age
Wake of Humanity – Fight/Resist
Seattle’s Wake of Humanity unleash some vicious and emotionally-charged metallic hardcore on their newest recording, Fight/Resist. From the stampeding darkened riffs of “The New Storm”, to the curb-stomping breakdowns of “To What End?”, Fight/Resist features 25 minutes of brooding hardcore with a few surprises here and there. Songs such as “Bled Dry” and “Alone & Broken” are propelled by hammering d-beat and caustic guitar riffs that charge and gallop with the intent to wreak havoc. “It’s Still Not Enough” breaks the mold a bit by infusing the band’s sludgy punk stylings with blood-pumping, melodic chord progressions. The album’s title track also stands out from the pack with its potent mixture of melancholic cello leads and doom-laden guitars. Overall Fight/Resist is a solid metallic hardcore release, albeit a fairly straight-forward record that could have benefited from stepping more outside of its comfort zone.
Release Date: November 2, 2018
Label: Bitter Melody Records/Ugly & Proud Records
Favorite Tracks: “The New Storm”, “It’s Still Not Enough” and “FIGHT/RESIST”
For Fans Of: Integrity, Gather, Inclination and All Pigs Must Die