Although I discovered Himsa a year before they disbanded due to my impeccable timing, I was at least able to bear witness to their epic final work and crowning achievement; Summon in Thunder.
I remember watching Headbanger’s Ball on MTV, which is a hilarious thing to say nowadays, and stumbling across Himsa‘s video for “Big Timber”. In this animated music video, the band members were depicted as yeti puppets and were being picked off one-by-one by some sort of malevolent tree entity. Although I did indeed find the music video entertaining, it was the music itself that really enthralled me. Continue Reading
Loincloth bow out gracefully, and with a storm of riffs, on their final full-length record, Psalm of the Morbid Whore.
The Virginia/North Carolina-based instrumental metallers were last seen in 2012 with the release of their full-length debut, Iron Balls of Steel. The 16-track effort was a 40-minute barrage of disorienting and pummeling math metal. Full of off-kilter rhythms, frequently fluctuating time signatures, muscular grooves and dissonant angularity, Iron Balls of Steel provided plenty of discombobulating moments, even during the shortest of songs. Keelhaul, Meshuggah and the like are obvious reference points, but Loincloth possess a sound all their own. Continue Reading
Italian psychedelic doomsayers Ufomammut have premiered their forthcoming album, 8, via The Obelisk. The record will officially be released this Friday, September 22, via Neurot Recordings and can be purchased here. The band said the following of the new effort: Continue Reading
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, Trap Them
, etc) have premiered a new track from their highly-anticipated upcoming album, Hostage Animal
, via Metal Hammer. Titled “Blood Wet Teeth”, the new track is a two-minute stormer full of stampeding, hardcore grit and muscular, chugging beatdowns. It’s heavy, to say the least. Check it out after the break.
Hostage Animal will be released on October 27 via Southern Lord.
Denver’s Primitive Man reach the apex of their insurmountably heavy and unflinchingly misanthropic and demoralizing sound with their aptly titled sophomore full-length, Caustic.
Due to their intense, foreboding sound and visual style and prolific nature, Primitive Man have been making quite the name for themselves and have been turning more and more heads as time passes. It’s not often you hear a band whose feelings of inner turmoil and disdain for humankind feel completely genuine and not fantastical. This Colorado trio seemed to have captured negativity and pessimism in its purest, unadulterated form through audio.
Mysterious Japanese hardcore/powerviolence outfit Friendship have announced the vinyl release of their debut full-length, Hatred. The 25-minute LP was originally released in Japan back in June via Daymare Recordings, but will be given the vinyl treatment by Southern Lord on October 20. The album’s artwork and track listing can be found after the break, along with streams of the tracks “Tortures” and “Life Sentence”.
The band’s previously-released, head-turning I&II EPs can be streamed here.
Tennessee sludge/stoner duo Namazu are poised to release their debut full-length recording, Works Cited, later this month. The upcoming effort features 11 tracks of raw, buzzing sludge that are simultaneously crushing and catchy. For the uninitiated, previously-released singles “Bactine” and “Gunwhale” provide a small taste of the action to come.
In anticipating for its release, Svbterranean are excited to bring you a stream of the album’s third track, “Dragged Fighting From His Tomb”. The three-minute stunner kicks out earworm, concussive grooves and thunderous drumming that will be stuck in your bleeding brain for hours to come. Check it out after the break.
Though I had heard their notable single “Ebolarama” in passing a year or so before, it wasn’t until the release of 2005’s Gutter Phenomenon that the shitty dudes in Every Time I Die stepped into my life. I remember coming home from school one afternoon and seeing the music video for “Kill the Music” on IMF (yeah, remember that?) and just being enthralled by its unique sound and swagger. I hadn’t heard anything like it at the time and would keep my eyes glued to the TV in the hopes the video would be replayed.
At this point in their discography the band started to really embrace the hard and southern rock aspects of their sound, while maintaining a semblance of metalcore angularity and hardcore grit. As a kid whose previous frame of reference for heavy music was FM radio rock, and as one who was just starting to discover the more aggressive sides of punk and metal, Gutter Phenomenon and Every Time I Die were essential slippery slopes into a world of gnarly tunes.
Japan’s Endon continue to deliver polarizing, “catastrophic noise metal” on their intense, unpredictable and all-around insane sophomore LP, Through the Mirror.
Through the Mirror follows 2014’s Mama; an unyielding barrage of nightmarish, avant-garde noise that drags listeners down into the depths of insanity and tortures them for all eternity. The six-track debut featured walls of harsh noise and earsplitting sound effects that collide head-on with battering percussion, corrosive guitars and an array of hellish, unhinged vocals. The entire record, even with its numerous peaks and valleys, was 40-minute cacophony that the most masochistic of extreme music fans would lap up with a smile.
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Following 2015’s Show Your Greed and their 2016 collaborative effort with Seraph the Light, Florida metallic hardcore outfit Axis will return this November with their sophomore full-length album, Shift. The band recently premiered the first single from the upcoming effort via Metal Sucks. The new track, titled “Fear and Impulse”, is a vitriolic number that combines the muscular grit of new age metallic hardcore with the angularity of the genre’s progenitors. Check out the track after the break.
Shift will be released on November 10 via Good Fight Music.