A brief anecdote: in 2007 or 2008 I went to see Ottawa, Ontario band Buried Inside perform live. As one of the opening bands was setting up their frontman unassumingly took his place centre stage and they began playing shortly after. The sounds being projected from their singer was unlike anything I had ever heard up to that point. If there had been any paint left on the walls on the venue, the sound of this man’s voice surely would’ve peeled it from the surfaces. The band was Congress and their vocalist was Jamie Hooper. When not dabbling in noise rock Hooper spent some time fronting 3 inches of Blood.
Experimental trio Stronds recently released their debut full-length album, Plural Version, this past week. Comprised of guitarists Matt Lupo (East of the Wall, OPUL) and Ron Varod (Kayo Dot, Zvi, et al), and synth player Steven Alexander Ryan (The Black Queen), Stronds deliver over an hour of eclectic soundscapes. Mostly improvised and recorded in one session, Plural Version takes listeners on a journey through demented post-rock, drug-induced dark ambient, and other weird places.
Check out the album below along with the video for the track “Ecdysis”. Continue Reading
Necromishka engulf listeners in sprawling, dreary soundscapes on their debut release, The Space Between Us. Continue Reading
A-Sun Amissa drowns listeners in waves of beautiful melancholia and haunting darkness on its fourth full-length album, Ceremony in the Stillness. Continue Reading
Tennessee weirdos Flummox are poised to release their wackiest recording to date, Intellectual Hooliganism, on September 7 via Wood and Stone Production. A true Frankenstein’s Monster of an album, Intellectual Hooliganism features 13 tracks that range anywhere from prog rock, jazz fusion, kooky punk, kaleidoscopic doom, and more. Fans of unabashedly strange acts like Sleepytime Gorilla Museum, or the most eccentric of Mike Patton’s projects, should take note. Continue Reading
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Experimental sound manipulators Gridfailure and Megalophobe have announced they will join forces yet again on their second collaborative effort, Tasukete. Following their 2017 collaboration, Dendritic, the forthcoming Tasukete sees the two projects further exploring the realms of noise, dark ambient, and all things weird. Fans of Nurse with Wound, Scott Walker or Demdike Stare, take note. Continue Reading
New Zealand experimental outfit Doom Shrugs is poised to release its debut full-length, The Clairolfactant and the Flatulent Ghost, on September 7 via Proboscis Trinity Records and Stupid Square Records. Utilizing free improvisation in its bizarre mix of jazz, mathcore and hardcore, Doom Shrugs creates a unique, mind-boggling sound that is unafraid to take big sonic risks. Continue Reading
Imperial Triumphant return with their 3rd full length release, a cinematic take on whatever genre this may be but I know it’s something great; Vile Luxury. It’s shockingly horrific, jazzy, exponential, aggressive and oddly intriguing to the point that you have to sit and do nothing else but digest exactly everything that Imperial Triumphant has done here. Blending melodies and terror of black metal and blending it with the unconventional sounds of technical death metal like Ulcerate, Artificial Brain and Gorguts, you get one seriously massive release. The dark jazzy elements added are just the tip of the iceberg. The listening experience of Vile Luxury is a hellish whirlwind of unstable melodies and unorthodox compositions. It’s divine. Continue Reading
Sicily-based industrial black metal trio Al Ard are poised to release their new self-titled full-length tomorrow, June 22, via code666. Fusing together cyberkinetic industrial metal and stark black metal with elements of harsh noise and dubstep, Al Ard craft a unique atmosphere of cosmic horror across eight tracks. In anticipation of its release, we at Svbterranean are stoked to present you the full album in all of its bizarre glory. Check it out after the break and purchase it at this location. Continue Reading
I used to not really like The Body. I never considered them a metal band, even though that was where they had more or less made their nest early on. I always perceived them as a noise band that got cool among the metal intelligentsia (read: terminally bored scene kids only semi-seriously projecting a love for the most obscure shit possible). I saw them as maybe a particularly dark, doomy, and experimental noise band, but still did not understand the hype. Continue Reading