Dense, dynamic, highly complex and insurmountably heavy; Coma Cluster Void’s uniquely terrifying brand of technical death metal is something to behold. From their 2016 opus Mind Cemeteries, to their recently-released EP Thoughts From a Stone, it is clear that the sextet are on a path towards death metal greatness, refusing to sacrifice their singular artistic vision. Their music is meticulously constructed yet devastatingly chaotic, bringing together the best that technical and experimental metal has to offer.
Svbterranean recently caught up with five-sixths of the band to discuss their approach to their music, their new recording and more.
Weaving together elements of doom, drone, noise and sounds most unsettling, Gnaw create a unique sonic atmosphere that is soul-crushing and psychologically demanding. It would seem each of their releases gets more intense and outre than the last, with their third full-length effort, Cutting Pieces, sitting at the apex of this constant evolution. This 40-minute exercise in aural terror, which is now available through Translation Loss, is perfect for metalheads with masochistic tendencies.
Svbterranean recently caught up with three-fifths of the noise unit to discuss the new record, songwriting and more.
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Originally from Kathmandu, Nepal, the currently NYC-based “immigrindcore” act Chepang are set to release their debut LP, titled Dadhelo – A Tale of Wildfire, on November 3. The album is the follow-up to their 2016 EP, Lathi Charge, and is a natural progression of their vicious, politically-charged grindcore/punk sound. The band build on the intensity of their dual vocal attack and take their approach to an even more extreme level, with the introduction of a second drummer.
Dadhelo – A Tale of Wildfire also incorporates more groove elements into their technically proficient style, which adds yet another layer to their chaotic crust- and powerviolence-infused grind. In this recent interview with Svbterranean, vocalist Sanket Lama discusses how Chepang came to be, the new release and how it compares to Lathi Charge. He also talks about the Nepali-based lyrical themes featured on Dadhelo – A Tale of Wildfire, how the cover art ties in with those themes and more.
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.