On their full-length debut, Helpless unleashes a vicious amalgam of mathcore, hardcore and grind that rips the throat of those who listen. This new album, titled Debt, delivers 22 unyielding minutes of dissonant, frenetic riffs, pummeling grooves and oppressive sonic weight. It’s mission is to destroy, and destroy it does.
Svbterranean recently caught up with vocalist and guitarist Dan Couch to discuss the new album, dissonance and future plans.
Combining the raw aggression, angularity and heart of 90s post-hardcore with a healthy dose of progressive flair, NY in 64 craft dynamic, ever-evolving tunes full of pulverizing riffs and melodic flair. On their newest full-length recording, The Gentle Indifference of the Night, the band hit harder than they have before and forge seemingly endless intricate sonic passages across 30 minutes. Devoid of lyrics, NY in 64 tell engaging stories that most words wish they could tell.
Svbterranean recently caught up with bassist Tom Schlatter and guitarists Justin Hock and Chris Alfano to discuss the new record and future projects.
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On their self-titled debut, Maryland-based trio The Holy Circle (Locrian, etc) create dramatic and ethereal synth-driven pop soundscapes. The band’s sound lies at the point where 80s moody synth-pop, post-punk and modern, highly-textural shoegaze converge. Its smoky darkness collides with its glimmering melodicism to create an aural atmosphere that is familiar and unique at the same time.
Svbterranean recently caught up with vocalist Erica Burgner-Hannum and synth player Terrence Hannum to discuss the new record and more.
Vancouver, BC, Canada 2 piece stoner thrashers HEDKS are just fine with musically dismantling audiences whether it be at an impromptu protest, theater, booze can, parade, or basement. Claire Carreras (guitar/vocals, also known as Twitch) and Taya Fraser (drums, also known as Taser) are long-standing fixtures of the Pacific north west’ prolific punk rock enclave. HEDKS has spent much of 2017 touring and playing festivals and is crossing the pond for a European Tour in late September/early October. Fellow local rain forest punk rock outfit BRASS will be joining them. For Twitch this equates to two shows an evening as she plays bass in BRASS as well. Svbterranean got an opportunity to catch up with Twitch before she leaves for Europe in the fall.
With decades of musical experience shared between its members from various musical backgrounds (Kowloon Walled City, Thrice, Curl Up and Die), Less Art create a unique and crushing sound that is garnering attention in the heavy music scene. Their debut full-length recording, Strangled Light, is being met with praise by both reviewers and music nerds alike, and for good reason. Armed with a tremendous low-end, complex guitar arrangements that balance post-hardcore melodicism and dissonant angularity, and emotionally potent lyrics, Strangled Light is one of the more crushing “post-hardcore” releases in recent memory.
Svbterranean recently caught up with guitarist Jonathan Howell and vocalist Mike Minnick to discuss the band’s inception, the new record and more.
Hypnotic psychedelia and sludge metal collide on God Root’s sophomore full-length offering, Salt and Rot. This Philadelphia-based quintet creates a dense sonic atmosphere through four sprawling tracks of kaleidoscopic color and insurmountable aural weight. Equally meditative, introspective and crushing, Salt and Rot presents a unique take on the sludge and doom genres, and is sure to be the first of many promising releases to come.
Svbterranean recently caught up with bassist/vocalist Ross Bradley to discuss the new album, band beginnings, music as a therapeutic tool and more.
Hey there, my name is Marc and I play in a band called Greber and do some other solo shit that I call Cancelled. Making music is something that I have loved to do since I was young and still love to this day. Taking an idea, tweaking it with others and seeing it grow is a short rivaled feeling for me.
For a few years now I have been asking some song and riff writers I admire how they go from having a rough idea to finishing a song. I would ask about their general process, creative influences and basically what worked for them and why. More recently I figured it would be fun to record these Q&A sessions and put them up for others to listen to…so here they are. I’m not an expert by and means but I hope that by being a fly on the wall for these you can steal a few ideas and get more stoked on writing shit.
We’ll be releasing one a month on the main site, which will soon be available on iTunes as well.
The first one I did was with the guitarist of Converge, Kurt Ballou. He had a ton of great stuff to say about how the Converge writing process goes, how he got into writing and things he finds help them not over-edit their work. Bon Listening.
Syracuse, NY eccentric punk-grind trio Dialysis are soon set to release their debut LP, titled Pretty Men, through the band’s own Ryan Canavan’s label Hex Records (Bleak, Ed Gein, Godstopper, etc.). Following two seven-inch releases and a split with Bleak, the new album comprises 20 powerful and dynamic tracks that feature elements of noise and thrash. Various samples are also included in their quirky punk- and hardcore-filled grindcore approach, which Dialysis have now expanded with the introduction of saxophone on this record.
Pretty Men also incorporates humour into their unorthodox sound, with bizarre and colourful artwork by Ryan Besch, as well as tongue-in-cheek lyrics that bring a light-hearted aspect to the album while tackling some serious subject matter. In this recent interview with Svbterranean, Canavan (vocals, saxophone) discusses Pretty Men, how the release compares to their previous material and the decision to bring saxophone into the mix. He also talks about Dialysis’ diverse sound and the album’s lyrical themes, as well as the Syracuse music scene and much more.
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New Brunswick innovative noise/grind/sludge trio Anthesis are about to release their latest effort, dubbed The Age of Self, on June 9. The new record follows several EPs, as well as splits with the likes of The Great Sabatini and Greber, but is the band’s first full-length in seven years, since 2010’s Surface and the Sky. Recorded, mixed and mastered throughout 2016 by guitarist/vocalist Scott Miller, The Age of Self encompasses the band’s most focused and powerful material to date.
The 11-track album combines elements of ferocious grind, harsh noise rock and doom-ridden sludge into a cohesive sound, layered with dissonant tones and a remarkably bleak atmosphere. In this recent interview with Svbterranean, Miller took the time to discuss The Age of Self, the reasons behind the long gap between the two full-lengths and the writing and recording process for the new album. He also talks about Anthesis’ unique sound and how they’ve progressed over the years, as well as the DIY methods behind recording/releasing music, his solo endeavour Clouds Become Oceans and much more.
Photo by Kandiss Bradley
Since the early 2000s, London, ON musician Mercedes Lander has been known as the drummer of Canadian female metal band Kittie. In more recent years, she’s also been drumming in psychedelic rock band the Alcohollys, as well as on tour for Jennie Vee. Now, she’s set her focus on The White Swan, which sees Lander stepping out from behind the drum kit and into the front-woman role. Musically, the new band is also a departure from Lander’s previous work, as The White Swan perform a sludgy, synth-rock-tinged style of crushing doom. As well as playing shows consistently, the band are set to release their new three-song EP, titled The White, on June 9 which follows their late-2016 debut, Anubis.
The White carries on where Anubis left off, featuring fuzzy guitars and heavy captivating riffs, along with dreamy synths and Lander’s stunning, soaring vocals. In this recent interview with Svbterranean, Lander took the time to discuss how The White Swan came to be and the writing and recording process for their new EP. She also talks about what it’s like to be stepping out of her comfort zone, offers some insight into her lyrical approach and more.