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The sound of New York’s Imperial Triumphant is all at once disorienting, terrifying, and wholly unique. The band deconstruct the elements that make up black and death metal and reassemble them into unconventional, outré shapes that boggle the mind and disturb the psyche. The band pull from not just the extreme metal spectrum, but other areas of music as well, whose elements are then incorporated in bizarre and exciting ways. One of these areas of music is obviously jazz. The band have been incorporating jazz into their works for quite some time, but is much more prominent in their forthcoming album, Vile Luxury (due out July 13 via Gilead Media/Throatruiner).
For this special piece, we thought it would be interesting to see what jazz artists or recordings influence Imperial Triumphant‘s sound and themselves as musicians. Check out what each band member had to say after the break.
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Long-running Tulsa based music collective ESCAPING THE ORDINARY are set to premiere the fourth instalment in their compilation series this Friday, June 15th. The collective was founded by Ty Griffin with a simple yet effective modus operandi that good music needs to be heard. The first three compilations were a mix of well-established artists like JUNIUS, THURSDAY, DREDG, (DAMN) THIS DESERT AIR, CONSTANTS, and CASPIAN, among others, but also aimed the spotlight at smaller artists.
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Bay Area melodic death metallers Light This City will release their first album in 10 years, Terminal Bloom, this Friday, May 25, via Creator-Destructor Records. Following 2008’s Stormchaser, Terminal Bloom sees a true return-to-form with its blistering complexity, hard-hitting riffs and endless earworm melodies. Longtime fans of the band will be more than pleased, while new fans will surely be converted.
In anticipation for its release, vocalist Laura Nichol and drummer Ben Murray stopped by to breakdown the album track-by-track. Murray speaks on the construction of the songs, while Nichol dissects the lyrical themes behind them. Check out what they had to say after the break and purchase the record here. Continue Reading
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Chicago chaos curators Nequient have officially unleashed their debut full-length album, Wolves at the Door, today via Nefarious Industries and Sassbologna Records. This experimental hardcore album melds elements of metalcore, grindcore, sludge, and practically every extreme music subgenre one can think of into a blistering and volatile amalgam. Fans of Graf Orlock, Converge and getting torn apart will not want to skip this one.
In celebration of its release, vocalist Jason Kolkey was kind enough to stop by and dissect the new record track-by-track. Check out what he had to say and stream the record after the break. Continue Reading
Baltimore-based musician Terence Hannum is probably best known within the extreme music community for his work with experimental metal outfit Locrian. But a lesser known fact is that Hannum has been publishing fiction over the last few years in addition to his musical endeavors. His newest novella, “All Internal”, was recently published by Dynatox Ministries and is available now. This bizarre, fever-dream of a story weaves together grotesque body horror with philosophical underpinnings and will pique the interest of fans of both Dennis Cooper and David Cronenberg’s body of work.
In this recent interview with Svbterranean, Hannum speaks on the inspiration behind his new work and its creation.
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Sludge-ridden black metallers Wolvhammer are poised to release their fourth full-length album, The Monuments of Ash & Bone, in just a matter of days. Following 2014’s Clawing into Black Sun, The Monuments of Ash & Bone continues to refine the band’s eclectic blend of black, sludge, doom and death metal. Featuring an endless array of bludgeoning grooves and blistering riffs, this seven-track record will not disappoint longtime fans of the band, nor will it disappoint lovers of all things dark and gritty in general.
In anticipation for the album’s release, we got in touch with vocalist Adam Clemens who agreed to reveal the meanings behind each of the album’s seven tracks. Check it out below.
Earlier this year, Richmond, Virginia hardcore quartet Outsider released their debut demo tape via Flatspot Records. Featuring current and former members of Cold Touch, Upperhand, and others, Outsider is yet another band effectively modernizing a classic hardcore sound. Full of galloping rhythms, adrenaline pumping guitar riffs, and raw aggression, Outsider’s 2018 demo is a hard-hitting release that will serve as a precursor for what is to come.
We recently caught up with vocalist Joe Kincaid who agreed to discuss the meanings behind each of the release’s four tracks. Dive back into the riff-happy world of Demo 2018 and check out what Kincaid had to say after the break. Continue Reading
In February, Swedish hardcore outfit Broken Cross unleashed its sophomore full-length, Militant Misanthrope, via Apocalyptic Visions, Judas Chair Collective and Psychic Rebellion. The brainchild of one-man riff machine Niklas Holm, Broken Cross‘ apocalyptic vision of hardcore melds together elements of crossover thrash and metallic hardcore, resulting in songs both of a deadly and catchy nature. On Militant Misanthrope, Holm really refines Broken Cross‘ sound and delivers nine tracks of hard-hitting metallic goodness.
We at Svbterranean recently reached out to Holm, who agreed to briefly discuss the lyrical themes behind his newest creation. If you haven’t heard the record yet, or have heard it and wish to be battered all over again, check it out after the break and peep what the Broken Cross mastermind had to say. Continue Reading
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Bay Area multi-instrumentalist Leila Abdul-Rauf (Vastum, Hammers of Misfortune, et al) is poised to release her third full-length album, Diminution, in just a matter of days. Out Friday, April 13, Diminution is a haunting opus in which layers of ethereal instrumentation craft a dense, otherworldly listening experience. Utilizing droning soundscapes, minimal piano, and her own voice, Abdul-Rauf‘s spacious, textural music sits at the crossroads between beauty and melancholia.
In anticipation of its release, we reached out to Abdul-Rauf to give us the rundown of the upcoming effort. Check out a special track-by-track breakdown of Diminution after the break. Continue Reading
Back in February, the ever prolific sound experimenter Gridfailure released his most haunting and dismal recording to date, Irritum. Crafted solely by creator David Brenner, Irritum is comprised of 13 tracks that sound like they were culled from the most disturbing nightmares imaginable. Fans of Nurse With Wound, Scott Walker and various anxieties will want to take note.
To better understand Irritum‘s creation and the inner workings of this madman, we reached out to Brenner who agreed to give us a rundown of the album piece by piece. Check it out after the break. Continue Reading