Blast Beats is a weekly column in which extreme music artists discuss their favorite hip-hop records.
In this week’s Blast Beats, Detach the Islands drummer Emmett Ceglia discusses his top 12 favorite hip-hop records of all time. His picks range from classic albums from Nas, to more eccentric and contemporary acts like Death Grips and Run the Jewels. Continue reading to check out his full list. Continue Reading
Wrong’s debut ep Stop Giving marked a shift in the songwriting canon of Eric Hernandez/Ryan Haft. Previously the pair logged many miles in post-hardcore outfit Capsule. The latter was more than capable of countless arrangement and feel changes in literally under 60 seconds whereas the former adopted an approach more akin to New York jazz/noise/groove legends Helmet. With Haft and Hernandez time-tested work ethic, Stop Giving was followed by an 11 song, self-titled full-length album a short time later. Wrong was notable for not only its release on powerhouse Relapse records but also for it’s marked growth in songwriting, execution, and overall intensity. Continue Reading
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German post-hardcore outfit Remember Why We’re Here recently released the official video for their track “T.D.T.S.T.I.B.O.R.T.U.I. ( (their desire to shroud themselves in beauty only reveals their ugliness inside)”. The intricate and melodic track, which comes from their 2017 debut, Colours May Bleed, is set to a dynamic performance video directed by Julian Pache. Fans of The Fall of Troy and the like should take notice. Check out the video after the break and stream their debut album.
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Time has been kind to the sounds of Richmond, Virginia’s Engine Down. Relentless touring and exceptionally high-quality records afforded them a loyal fan base during their 9-year career. Despite a staggering work ethic, the success of the likes of which their peers like Circa Survive, Thursday, and Alexisonfire achieved, eluded Engine Down. Rest assured, going back and revisiting their recordings will move even the most jaded fan of all things brainy, guitar driven, and complex.
SeeYouSpaceCowboy and secondgradeknifefight capture the insanity of early 2000s mathcore on their new split release.
The early-mid 2000s saw an influx of bands whose sound sat at the crossroads between grindcore, mathcore and metalcore. Dubbed “Myspacegrind” by some, this colorful style of extreme music was characterized by dissonant, spastic guitars, breakdowns galore and irreverent humor. The sound slowly faded from the limelight by the end of the decade, but has made a comeback of sorts in recent years. California’s SeeYouSpaceCowboy and Virginian one-man act secondgradeknifefight are two particular acts helping to bring this rambunctious style of metal back, and their split together will have listeners donning their tight pants once again. Continue Reading
Michigan metalcore outfit Safewords recently released a new track from their forthcoming full-length debut, Vain, which is due out on February 16. Titled “Truth Behind Bright Light”, the new track is brimming with off-kilter, punishing grooves and dissonant mathcore sensibilities. Check out the track after the break along with the previously-released singles, “Choke”, “444” and “Missed Connections”.
Formed out of the ashes of avant-metal outfit Autocatalytica comes the chaotic hardcore/mathcore quintet Detach the Islands. Once a one-man project helmed by drummer and mastermind Emmett Ceglia, this Brooklyn-based act has since involved into a full-fledged band that collects several key players in the Brooklyn mathcore scene. Joining Ceglia in actualizing his vision are Jay Kohler (Juan Bond), Siddhu Anandalingam (Juan Bond), Eric Messihi (Cape Francis) and Ashley Levine (Mary Todd). Together they aim to create the most frenetic and complex noise they can. Continue Reading
Philadelphia avant-metal outfit Cleric have announced a new string of North American tour dates in support of their most recent full-length, Retrocausal. The tour will extend from March 15 through April 6 and will see the band accompanied by Seven)Suns and Pyrrhon on select dates. Check out the touring schedule as they currently stand after the break and stream Retrocausal.