Syracuse, NY’s Blood Sun Circle (featuring brothers Bobby, Ryan and Brad Gorham, previously of Engineer) have just released their highly-anticipated sophomore LP, titled Distorted Forms. The album picks up where they left off with 2014’s stellar Bloodiest/Sunniest, yet takes their dark and intense noise rock sound to a new, even heavier level (if you didn’t think that was possible, well, it is). Distorted Forms is comprised of 11 thoughtfully formulated tracks that combine harsh, gritty rhythms with beautiful, soaring melodies, and layered with extremely dynamic, powerful vocals.
In this recent interview with Svbterranean, Gorham brothers Ryan and Bobby, as well as drummer Aaron O’Hara, took the time to discuss Distorted Forms. They talk about the writing and recording process, lyrical approach and how Blood Sun Circle compares to Engineer (still searching for those bongos though!). They also touch on what it’s like to work together at Gorham Brothers Music (it can’t be that bad, guys), as well as their latest endeavor Drops of Us, and more.
Coming three years after the release of their debut release, Lost Ages, Bereft deliver one of the more devastating doom albums of 2017 with Lands. These Wisconsinites deliver 45 minutes of massive blackened doom that sprawls across four towering tracks. Lumbering riffs, stampedes of blackened malevolence and suffocating, dismal atmospheres make for an intense and unyielding listen. Fans of all things slow and low should not miss out on this gargantuan piece of work.
Svbterranean recently caught up with the band to briefly discuss the new record, the band’s sound, among other things.
Complex, unpredictable, noisy and bit on the zany side, Mary Todd’s music is perfect for the lover of unconventional, grinding mayhem and the ADD-stricken individual. This New York trio takes a page from the early-mid 2000s wave of spastic, experimental grindcore and molds it into their own modern blend of ear-splitting chaos. This sound is shown off in all its jerky glory on their new full-length recording, Bone Stock; a 17-minute barrage of off-kilter rhythms and wondrous discordance. Fans of Daughters, Me and Him Call It Us and intense vertigo, take heed.
Svbterranean recently caught up with #chabois in Mary Todd to discuss the new record, mathcore and sexy foods.
The title of DC grind outfit Pain Tank’s new record, 97,901,726 Confirmed Kills, represents the band’s attempt at tallying all of the deaths caused by wars America has been involved in. It may be a simplistic title, but that large figure is ominous and cold; reminding one of the harsh realities of war and human suffering and briefly bringing them out of their indifferent state. The costs of conflict and humanity’s capacity for inhumanity runs a thread throughout the album, and is set to the tune of harsh, dissonant and vile grindcore. Recorded live in just a mere eight hours, 97,901,726 Confirmed Kills ugly, confrontational sound is the soundtrack to mankind’s undoing the world didn’t know it needed.
Svbterranean recently caught up with Pain Tank vocalist/noise maker Steven Kerchner, drummer Tony Petrocelly and bassist Chris Dugay to discuss band origins, the new album and the current state of world affairs.
Grindcore, hardcore and an obsession with giant monster flicks yields brutal and radioactive results for Kaiju Daisenso. Uniting former members of Helen of Troy, Gospel and others, Kaiju Daisenso crafts a raw, crushing sound that’s as heavy as a certain giant, green lizard. Their most recent effort, Radiation Scars, showcases their sound at its most visceral and aggressive; weaving together bludgeoning, mosh-worthy riffs and atomic fire breath. Grind fans and Japanese monster film geeks can finally come together and mosh gleefully, thanks to this irradiated quartet.
Svbterranean recently caught up with vocalist Matt Gordon and guitarist Gabe Saladino to discuss the new record and nerd out over kaiju films.
Following their 2006 split with Mouth of the Architect, Dayton, OH instrumental doom/post-rock outfit Kenoma are set to release their debut full-length, The Tides Will Prevail, next week (April 28) through Translation Loss. The album, which has been 11 long years in the making, features five tracks comprising 50 minutes of gorgeous soundscapes that have been well-worth the wait. From the crushing riffs and sludgy tones to the progressive structures and ethereal atmospheres, The Tides Will Prevail is absolutely stunning.
In this recent interview with Svbterranean, bassist Doug McGinnis discusses the new record and the many member changes, which is the main reason behind the 11-year gap between releases. He also talks about how Kenoma have evolved over the years and the thematic approach behind The Tides Will Prevail, as well as the importance of song titles for the instrumental band, and more.
Painting in shades of Ben Frost, Tim Hecker and Bohren & der Club of Gore, Houston ambient artist No Funeral creates a darkly blissful cinematic experience. The project’s debut full-length album, titled Nonexistent, will officially be released tomorrow, April 21, via Bandcamp ( a limited cassette will be available in June through Halfpear Records). Though mostly devoid of lyrics, the record’s sonic narrative follows a character who comes to terms with the self and finds some kind of peace in nihilism.
Svbterranean recently caught up with the mastermind behind No Funeral to give us a track-by-track breakdown of his new release.
For a while now Cambridge, ON’s Marc Bourgon has been known as the incredibly nice (how stereotypically Canadian, eh?), really tall and super talented bassist of Greber and Fuck the Facts. But for the past few years, he’s also been working on an experimental solo project, dubbed Cancelled. Following 2013’s Threshold Adjustment, Bourgon now presents his new offering, titled Tenebrific, which will be released independently on March 3rd. The EP, which was mixed by none other than Kurt Ballou and mastered by Ryan Butler, features three tracks encompassing elements of industrial, doom and drone into an unconventional, diverse sound that is subtle and airy, yet also harsh and aggressive.
Bourgon recently took the time for an interview with Svbterranean to discuss what it’s like doing a solo project, how it all started and why he chose the name Cancelled. He also talks about the writing and recording process for Tenebrific and the meaning behind the title, as well as Cancelled’s ambiguous sound, how the project differs from his other bands and much more.
The levels of darkness in extreme metal often varies with different bands – from the slightly gloomy and the melancholically bleak to the overwhelmingly miserable and terrifyingly grim. Michigan’s Sunlight’s Bane (formerly Traitor) definitely fall into the latter end of the disheartened spectrum. Their aptly-titled debut full-length, The Blackest Volume: Like All the Earth Was Buried, features 11 heavy and abrasive tracks, combining elements of black metal, grind, hardcore and crust, among others, into a diverse sound that exudes furious anguish and utter despondency.
Just before the release of TBVLATEWB, which is out this Friday (February 17), vocalist Nick Holland took some time for an interview with Svbterranean. He discusses how Sunlight’s Bane came to be, changing their name from Traitor and how they’ve progressed since then. Holland also talks about the long writing process of TBVLATEWB and some of the unconventional recording practices, as well as the band’s unique sound, what draws them to these especially dark realms, lyrical inspiration and more.