During my first year of university, I landed a bit of a dream part-time job when I got hired at a His Master’s Voice (HMV) store in downtown Ottawa. For those unfamiliar, HMV was at one point a well-respected music retailer known for their extensive selection of compact discs and vinyl. Near the start of my time employed there a record called Antenna by Boston based Cave In was released. The record received a perfect review in Alternative Press who subsequently compared it to Loveless, Mezcal Head, and You’d Prefer an Astronaut. An afternoon of work for myself around this time would include playing the record in the store while customers shop. My curiosity went from just that to total awe based on the high quality of their songwriting, guitar playing, and music.
Loincloth bow out gracefully, and with a storm of riffs, on their final full-length record, Psalm of the Morbid Whore.
The Virginia/North Carolina-based instrumental metallers were last seen in 2012 with the release of their full-length debut, Iron Balls of Steel. The 16-track effort was a 40-minute barrage of disorienting and pummeling math metal. Full of off-kilter rhythms, frequently fluctuating time signatures, muscular grooves and dissonant angularity, Iron Balls of Steel provided plenty of discombobulating moments, even during the shortest of songs. Keelhaul, Meshuggah and the like are obvious reference points, but Loincloth possess a sound all their own. Continue Reading
I feel I shouldn’t have to say more, as the band is legendary in and of itself. From their insane live shows to their constant break ups due to conflict, to the musical boundaries they push and the legacy they always leave behind, this band is revered by many, imitated by few, and mastered by none. Like most people, I discovered them through their song “You Can’t Kill Us All,” which lead me on a spree of hearing more, ultimately falling down the rabbit hole to their first proper full length “Give Them Rope” (remastered in 2004 as “Give Them Rope She Said Ver. 2.0“).
Crawling out of the swamps of Louisiana comes Sounding; a band with an endless array of face-melting mathcore instrumentation that harks back to the Myspace spazz-grind days. In just a few short weeks, these Southern noisemakers will be releasing their debut full-length, Trepanantion, via Dark Trail Records. The forthcoming 15-minute barrage of grinding mayhem is enough to cause mass brain hemorrhaging the world over. Previously-released singles can attest to this if you do not believe us.
In anticipation of the album’s release, Svbterranean bring you an exclusive stream of its penultimate track, “Third Eye Money Shot”. This two-minute stormer churns out discombobulating, earsplitting riffs and dissonant beatdowns that show absolutely no mercy. Fans of As the Sun Sets, Robinson, See You Next Tuesday, Ion Dissonance and the like will not want to glance over this. Check it out after the break. Continue Reading
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.
Awe, the golden age of metalcore: a time where fashion was big and huge (18 Visions and Orange County, California), skinny jeans were actually girls jeans, and most subtlety was non-existent, as bands wrote poems as songs in their vain attempts to show that their was brains behind their supposed brawn. A random genre created and still expanded upon to this day; a genre much loved and maligned by many people that it took a few death metal stalwarts and a humorous disposition to create a band that ultimately would become one of the shining examples of it?
With roughly 21 minutes at their disposal, Edmonton’s Suffer Me deliver a fiercely venomous amalgam of grind and mathcore on their forthcoming, self-titled album. Rife with dissonance, disfigured riff structures and dizzying complexity, Suffer Me‘s debut will satiate the appetites of fans of grossly abstract grind of the highest order.
In anticipation of its impending release, we at Svbterranean are excited to bring you an exclusive stream of its opening track, “Dissolve & Reform”. In a mere 74 seconds, this unhinged, vitriolic track unleashes enough volatile rhythmic shifts and frenetic instrumentation to make your head spin. Fans of Fuck the Facts, Maruta and the like, take now. Check it out after the break.
Suffer Me will be released on October 11.
The self-proclaimed “Michael Jackson of mind melting math metal”, Synapse Defect, will return in 2018 with their third full-length album, Quantitative Easing; their first album since 2010. In anticipation of this monumental occasion, we at Svbterranean are stoked to bring the first single/video from the forthcoming record.
Titled “Gridsludge”, the new track is a pummeling amalgam of disemboweling grind, slamming death metal and chunky breakdowns, all of which are propelled by nauseating guttural vocals. The track means business, but the contrasting video is a humorous performance clip showing the band engaging in various acts of ridiculousness. Check out all the fun deathgrind after the break.
Helpless craft gritty and chaotic hardcore for the depraved and dejected on their debut full-length record, Debt.
This Plymouth, UK-based trio created ugly music for ugly people. Modern hardcore grit, grindcore brevity and fury, mathcore volatility and angularity, and a ludicrous amount of dissonance converge all at once in their disfigured tunes. Staying true to their namesake, Helpless‘ twisted version of hardcore will batter and maim listeners, leaving them mortally wounded, immobilized and, well, helpless.
Swedish mathcore/grind outfit God Mother have premiered their new track “Tar Mirror” via Decibel. The song is off of their upcoming album, Vilseledd and features two-and-a-half minutes of blistering sludge- and hardcore-infused grind, as well as a guest appearance from Rotten Sound vocalist Keijo Niinimaa. Check it out after the break.