Brain Pick is a monthly podcast in which Marc Bourgon (Greber, Cancelled, Fuck the Facts, etc) speaks to musicians, and people in the industry, about their creative process.
On episode 2 of Brain Pick, which was actually the first one I recorded, I speak with Kevin Keegan of Dead Quiet/Barnburner/A Javelin Reign infamy. Keegan is a riff machine and shines a light on his craft whilst being the lovable gentleman that we all know him to be. Check it out below.
Noise is a polarizing genre of music made with the most masochistic of individuals. Those who gravitate towards its unyielding abrasiveness are enthralled by its loose construction and walls of foreboding sound; things that could be torturous to others. It can truly be an assault on the senses, an assault that only the strong can withstand.
Twin Cities noise outfit The Blight‘s forthcoming LP, Meditations on Insignificance, is one of those aforementioned sensory assaults. Featuring five tracks of sprawling, improvised noise soundscapes, Meditations on Insignificance is not for the weak-willed. We at Svbterranean are excited to bring you an exclusive stream of this monstrous effort to help make your Tuesday a bit more eventful, and terrifying. Check out the record after the break.
Meditations on Insignificance will be released on July 28 via Tridroid Records. Pre-order here.
Just like its cover implies, listeners will drown in the cold, dark sonic waters of Cold Fell‘s menacing, blackened debut, Irwell.
Hailing from Manchester, Cold Fell deliver a truly malevolent work of black metal that is as sprawling and abrasive as the mountain their name is derived from, as well as the environment of which they are a product of. With its tinges of death and doom metal, Irwell crafts a suffocating aural atmosphere in which listeners are enveloped by its encompassing darkness.
Tremendous low-end, muscular grooves, potent melodies, dissonance and angularity all blend seamlessly on The Ditch and the Delta‘s first full-length recording, Hives in Decline.
Picking up where 2015’s We Rust left off, Hives in Decline shows the Salt Lake City trio continuing to refine and expand upon their unique, concussive sound. The seven-track, 35-minute release flirts with a myriad of different styles while remaining firmly rooted in sludge. Listeners will expect hammering grooves and sprawling gloom, but be taken aback by the band’s utilization of noise rock abrasiveness, off-time rhythms, jagged guitar riffs and the subtle progressive flair. With its singular, eclectic sound and its defiance of genre convention, Hives in Decline shapes up to be one of the more memorable sludge releases in recent memory.
Stockholm mathcore/grind outfit God Mother have announced the release of their sophomore full-length album. The record, which follows 2015’s Maktbehov, will be titled Vilseledd and will be released on September 29 via Party Smasher, Inc. Label founder and The Dillinger Escape Plan guitarist Ben Weinman said this of the band:
“After 20 years of touring the world and playing thousands of shows with thousands of bands, it is hard to impress me. But Sweden has done it again. God Mother is an undeniable force majeure that demands attention like bands did in the old days, by just being that fucking good. Torch, officially passed!”
Ledge – the solo project of former Weekend Nachos frontman John Hoffman – has premiered a new track from its upcoming full-length, Cold Hard Concrete, via Invisible Oranges. The new track is the concusive “Blacked Out”, which expertly weaves together the sludgiest bits of its sister band’s discography into one, three-minute stormer. Hoffman had the following to say about the new single:
NYC’s White Suns continue to subvert genre conventions and deconstruct and subsequently reinvent themselves on their newest recording, Psychic Drift.
The noise duo’s previous two releases, Sinews (2012) and Totem (2014), were praised for their unrelenting abrasiveness and unorthodox compositions. Walls of harsh noise collide head-on with pummeling, erratic drumming and malformed, shrieking guitar riffs, creating a uncomfortable atmosphere designed to weed out the weak. Each release shows the band becoming more and more intense, while gradually moving in different sonic directions.
Austin-based noise-infused metallers BLK OPS (ex-Kill the Client) and San Diego deathgrinders Cave Bastard (ex-Cattle Decapitation) are currently streaming new tracks from their upcoming split. BLK OPS have premiered the lurching “Hallucinogenic Bomb Vest”, while Cave Bastard have unleashed the ripping “Violent Perpetuator”. BLK OPS offered the following comments regarding their track: