Noise is a polarizing genre of music made with the most masochistic of individuals. Those who gravitate towards its unyielding abrasiveness are enthralled by its loose construction and walls of foreboding sound; things that could be torturous to others. It can truly be an assault on the senses, an assault that only the strong can withstand.
Twin Cities noise outfit The Blight‘s forthcoming LP, Meditations on Insignificance, is one of those aforementioned sensory assaults. Featuring five tracks of sprawling, improvised noise soundscapes, Meditations on Insignificance is not for the weak-willed. We at Svbterranean are excited to bring you an exclusive stream of this monstrous effort to help make your Tuesday a bit more eventful, and terrifying. Check out the record after the break.
Meditations on Insignificance will be released on July 28 via Tridroid Records. Pre-order here.
NYC’s White Suns continue to subvert genre conventions and deconstruct and subsequently reinvent themselves on their newest recording, Psychic Drift.
The noise duo’s previous two releases, Sinews (2012) and Totem (2014), were praised for their unrelenting abrasiveness and unorthodox compositions. Walls of harsh noise collide head-on with pummeling, erratic drumming and malformed, shrieking guitar riffs, creating a uncomfortable atmosphere designed to weed out the weak. Each release shows the band becoming more and more intense, while gradually moving in different sonic directions.
Austin-based noise-infused metallers BLK OPS (ex-Kill the Client) and San Diego deathgrinders Cave Bastard (ex-Cattle Decapitation) are currently streaming new tracks from their upcoming split. BLK OPS have premiered the lurching “Hallucinogenic Bomb Vest”, while Cave Bastard have unleashed the ripping “Violent Perpetuator”. BLK OPS offered the following comments regarding their track:
Noise is quite an interesting “genre” as it is like black metal in my mind: it can encompass multiple other genres yet still be solely in the main genre. (Post-black metal, I’m looking at you kid, although you do carry a lot of fucking gold.) Now, when I think of noise, I think of bands from Amphetamine Reptiles (I am fucking old), KEN Mode, Today Is The Day (their early records and later records are so much tits that conventional lingerie has trouble holding that shit in), and Fashion Chic. You know, musicianship where there is a musical know how to break rules, a driving rhythm section of doom, and lyrics that hint at possible hilarity but lead to an idea that there is pain and anger. And then comes along CHRMR with their self titled EP. This album…let’s talk about this album’s bandcamp first shall we?
Denver experimental noise project Many Blessings – the solo efforts of Ethan McCarthy of Primitive Man and Vermin Womb – has released a new EP via Bandcamp. The new effort, titled How Very Much I Loved You, features two new tracks of unsettling soundscapes that delight fans of Merzbow, Wolf Eyes of Nurse With Wound. Check out the release after the break.
Syracuse, NY eccentric punk-grind trio Dialysis are soon set to release their debut LP, titled Pretty Men, through the band’s own Ryan Canavan’s label Hex Records (Bleak, Ed Gein, Godstopper, etc.). Following two seven-inch releases and a split with Bleak, the new album comprises 20 powerful and dynamic tracks that feature elements of noise and thrash. Various samples are also included in their quirky punk- and hardcore-filled grindcore approach, which Dialysis have now expanded with the introduction of saxophone on this record.
Pretty Men also incorporates humour into their unorthodox sound, with bizarre and colourful artwork by Ryan Besch, as well as tongue-in-cheek lyrics that bring a light-hearted aspect to the album while tackling some serious subject matter. In this recent interview with Svbterranean, Canavan (vocals, saxophone) discusses Pretty Men, how the release compares to their previous material and the decision to bring saxophone into the mix. He also talks about Dialysis’ diverse sound and the album’s lyrical themes, as well as the Syracuse music scene and much more.
New York noise act White Suns have premiered their forthcoming new album, Psychic Drift, via Clrvynt. The album will officially be released this Friday, June 16, via The Flenser and can be purchased here. Psychic Drift is White Suns doing what they do best – creating suffocating walls of atmospheric noise that are completely unnerving at times. Check out the album after the break.
Super groups and the like are a ridiculous sort, often given to manic and high priced egos while carrying the weight of expectations meant to cripple the god Atlas, all while never giving up the core members’ ideals and opening up the power vacuum to the most dominant member. Common people and critics hold these groups so high that they may as be Icarus and those wax wings the tears of fans that wash away all hope of those super groups and them creating something of substance, rather than totally ripping off your wallet for the hope of prolonging their damn careers and keeping that spot light on them for 5 more seconds not knowing when the horse is beaten to death and should be given a proper burial.
New Brunswick innovative noise/grind/sludge trio Anthesis are about to release their latest effort, dubbed The Age of Self, on June 9. The new record follows several EPs, as well as splits with the likes of The Great Sabatini and Greber, but is the band’s first full-length in seven years, since 2010’s Surface and the Sky. Recorded, mixed and mastered throughout 2016 by guitarist/vocalist Scott Miller, The Age of Self encompasses the band’s most focused and powerful material to date.
The 11-track album combines elements of ferocious grind, harsh noise rock and doom-ridden sludge into a cohesive sound, layered with dissonant tones and a remarkably bleak atmosphere. In this recent interview with Svbterranean, Miller took the time to discuss The Age of Self, the reasons behind the long gap between the two full-lengths and the writing and recording process for the new album. He also talks about Anthesis’ unique sound and how they’ve progressed over the years, as well as the DIY methods behind recording/releasing music, his solo endeavour Clouds Become Oceans and much more.