The only albums you should ever feel guilty about are the ones you don’t buy cheap and end up having to pay over 100 dollars for later, or that time you ordered a record for far too much money, only to have the repress announced later that day. Music is wonderful. All of it. While my taste trends towards either atmospheric, hazy black metal, or drugged out, industrial influenced rock and metal, I have a soft spot for female fronted pop. Ok, it’s beyond a soft spot. I adore it. It is splendid music that can be either thought provoking or background noise. It works on sunny days, driving 85 to the beach, or on lonesome nights, sitting in quiet reflection.
On that note, here’s 3 records dorks give me shit for liking:
So, a while back this idea came up within the ranks of Svbterranean. The idea was to post about three albums that some would consider guilty pleasures. Well, most of us came to the conclusion that we don’t really have any records that we feel guilty about liking. So how about some albums that people give us shit for? I considered putting Lana Del Rey and Slipknot on this list, but I adore Lana and don’t listen to Slipknot enough for it to qualify. So here we go. Continue Reading
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San Francisco black metal/death metal influenced hardcore quartet Succumb recently premiered a new track from their forthcoming self-titled debut via Metal Sucks. Titled “Bedchambers”, the track sees a fiery, head-on collision between gritty metallic hardcore, disemboweling death metal riffs and frostbitten black metal stampedes, which is propelled by ghastly vocal performances. Check out the track after the break along with previously released single, “Survival”.
Succumb will be released on May 5 via The Flenser. Pre-order here.
While the majority of the Svbterranean team covered mathcore albums that were released 10 years ago or more, I opted for a record that came out a mere 3 years ago for my final post for March Madness. The record in question is Warsawwasraw‘s debut full-length, Sensitizer; an album that pays tribute to the mathcore and metallic hardcore greats, while giving the genre a vicious kick in the ass. If you enjoy all things fast and chaotic, then please read on.
Yo. I’m pumped to put out my final installment of March Madness. I wanted to do a video for this one, as I own it on vinyl and it would be rad crossover for my YouTube channel. So, check out my review of The Dillinger Escape Plan’s second EP Under The Running Board. Fuck yeah. Continue Reading
A stark white album cover with some spots of blood and a tooth. Simplistic font with the name of the album and the band name. Song titles as funny and dark as they are long. An abrasive tone and style wholly their own and introspective, pensive, yet upfront and in-your-face lyrics that equally cause one to think what the singer is talking about, but know that the dude, and the band, are pissed off. Drowningman’s second proper LP Rock and Roll Killing Machine has all of this and more, creating an album that is at times beautiful, sarcastically funny, and scalding like acid.
Geneva Switzerland’s Knut (pronounced CA-NOOT, the Russian word for “whip”, thanks Wikipedia) were one of those bands that I always loved, but for a long time whenever I brought them up, no one else seemed to know who they were. I chalked this up to a couple of factors: first, that my taste in obscure, elite underground bands was/is really impeccable and second, that Knut is from Europe and American hardcore/metal kids don’t pay attention to European bands. Its mostly the first reason though. Continue Reading
When I saw Psyopus live for the first time, I had absolutely no idea what I was getting myself into. Someone told me they were a mathcore band from upstate New York, but I hadn’t taken the time to check them out before watching them open for Misery Index in 2007. They started playing the intro riff to Metallica‘s “Enter Sandman” (in jest, of course), before unleashing the fastest and most chaotic whirlwind of complex grinding noise. Somewhere between hearing those first discordant notes and picking my jaw up off the floor, I realized this wasn’t like anything I’d ever seen or heard before. I later learned that song was “Whore Meet Liar” from their second album, which had just been released that year, titled Our Puzzling Encounters Considered.
Written by Christian Segerstrom
Me and Him Call It Us’ 2006 classic album “Loss” was a significant improvement from their earlier work, in terms of both song writing and production, leaving a lasting impression on the underground scene. Heavily influenced by Daughters and Reversal of Man, the band seamlessly blended screamo and techgrind with ambient interludes and samples throughout, along with absolutely bone crushing breakdowns.
It seemed like a lot of people jumped on The Dillinger Escape Plan wagon after their 2nd album Miss Machine was released. The band spent what seemed like an eternity following up their classic debut Calculating Infinity and the resulting sophomore record was exceptionally timely. Bands like Everytime I Die, Converge, and As I Lay Dying were fashioning the foundations of their careers by fusing Metal, Hardcore, and other genres together. There appeared to be no better time for the band that was the best at this fusion to show everyone how it was done.