Mike Stack is a guy who has carved out a significant portion of extreme music history with pure, unrelenting RIFF. Based in the 518/Troy area, Mike has written, recorded and performed since 1989 with some of Troy, NY’s best. Flat Broke. Execution Style. Politics of Contraband. Withstand. Dying Breed. When Jason Bittner (of Shadows Fall fame) decided to take a break in 2007 from the NWOAHM touring/recording circuit to revive his old death metal/hardcore band Burning Human, he recruited Mike Stack along for the ride. Moving beyond the metal-influenced hardcore of his youth, Mike started Of Old in 2004 to fully flex his metal roots, a project that soon became the progressive, technical death metal of The Final Sleep and his primary focus. And on top of all of that, there’s lost recordings, bands and projects forgotten by time and documentation. “Do you still have any recordings of Harbinger? Maybe.” It’s been a storied career for Mike, from the glory days of metallic hardcore at QE2 to fights with Madball to a rare stint on the 2000’s Van’s Warped Tour to fully swinging for the progressive death metal fences in today’s saturated metal market. I recently had the opportunity to speak to Mike about his entire career, his legendary run in defining Troycore and the culture and memories of that era, his experiences and influences in metal, The Final Sleep (!), the realities of promotion and recognition, gear, fried chicken and much more. Check it all out below, pick up The Final Sleep’s debut I here and be on the lookout for their sophomore effort soon! Follow The Final Sleep on Facebook here, on Instagram here and on Bandcamp here.
Additionally, stream and download the entirety of Dying Breed’s discography (minus an alternate version of “God’s Hate” on the Capital Punishment compilation) and the majority of Politics of Contraband’s tracks here!
With chaotic, apocalyptic instrumentation and seething misanthropy, Our Place of Worship Is Silence’s sophomore effort, With Inexorable Suffering, is currently one of the heaviest and unforgiving death metal recordings to be released in 2018 thus far. Delivering churning, cacophonous and unorthodox songs rife with complexity and dissonance, With Inexorable Suffering is a an exercise in sheer brutality that turns heads as well as crush them.
In this recent interview with Svbterranean the Californian duo sat down to discuss the new record, misanthropy, and modern death metal.
With their emphasis on atonality, claustrophobic tension, and unrelenting assaults of sound, Nightmarer crafts the very cacophony its debut album Cacophony of Terror suggests. Although it is less than 40 minutes in length, Cacophony Terror traps listeners in a seemingly endless barrage of disfigured instrumentation that churns and writhes as they are dragged further down into the abyss. It’s complex without being overindulgent and its use of spacing and atmosphere adds to its frightening presentation. As far as “technical metal” is concerned, Nightmarer stick out from the pack.
In this recent interview with Svbterranean, we sat down with guitarist Simon Hawemann to discuss the new record and dissonance.
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With their monolithic guitars, melancholic melodies, and blackened atmospheres, Germany’s Phantom Winter create a devastatingly heavy and foreboding listening experience. Since the release of 2015’s CVLT, the prolific “winterdoom” outfit have been on a steady path to all things dark and dreary. Each subsequent release has seen the band become heavier and more dynamic while staying true to their roots. Their newest release, Into Dark Science, sits at the apex of this evolution and shows that the band’s creative fuels have yet to run out.
In this recent interview with Svbterranean, guitarist and vocalist Andreas Schmittfull to discuss the new record, Sylvia Plath, and witches.
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.
Armed with intricate guitar work, impeccable sense of groove, and a pervasive dark tone, Knaaves’ unique blend of metallic hardcore is punishing and memorable all at once. This is made evident on the Milwaukee-based band’s debut release, January; a two-song single that is equally atonal and melodic, crushing and catchy. If the solid songwriting and potent lyrics on this record are any indication of where the band will go, it would be safe to say that Knaaves will be soon be a name on the tip of every punk’s tongue.
In this recent interview, Svbterranean caught up with frontman Andy Parmann to discuss the evolution of the band, the new EP, and combating misogyny.
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Toronto, ON’s Holy Grinder have been keeping busy over the past year or so, releasing splits with the likes of Capsized, Insufferable and Sete Star Sept, as well as their debut album, Eradicate All Scum. Now, the trio (featuring members of Mad Trapper, War Balm, and the Blind Surgeons Operation) are offering up their sophomore record, pleasantly dubbed Cult of Extermination. The album (out tomorrow, March 2) was masterfully recorded with Fuck the Facts’ Topon Das at his Apartment 2 studio and sees the noise-grinders taking their raw sound to new levels of crushing intensity.
In this recent interview with Svbterranean, bassist/vocalist Ei Cee discusses Cult of Extermination and what it was like working with Das. They also talk about the origins of Holy Grinder and the band’s ever-evolving sound, as well as identifying the band as queer and the lack of support for trans issues in metal and hardcore communities. Check it out! Continue Reading
On their sophomore full-length record, Viscères, Bind Torture Kill unleash dark and furious hardcore assaults that refuse to show mercy. This Lyon-based trio is armed to the teeth with grimy dissonance and volatility, resulting in an intense and chaotic listen that will have fans of the ugliest hardcore has to offer completely enamored. Although the year has just begun, the genre will be hard-pressed to crank out something as vicious as this in the months to come.
Svbterranean recently caught up with guitarist Yann Alexandre to discuss the band’s sound, the new record and more.
Brain Pick is a monthly podcast in which Marc Bourgon (Greber, Cancelled, et al) speaks to musicians, and people in the industry, about their creative process.
Weaving together elements of noise, free composition, classical, doom metal and a myriad of other influences, Ehnahre create unorthodox compositions that defy categorization. Their music sees the boundaries set forth by the genres that influence them and insist on pushing beyond them, resulting in complete avant-garde bliss. As is the case with their most recent full-length effort, The Marrow, which delivers something dark, sinister and unlike what most of extreme music has to offer.
Svbterranean recently caught up with Ehnahre’s founder and bandleader, Ryan McGuire, to discuss the new album, the avant-garde, poetry and more.