Japan’s Endon continue to deliver polarizing, “catastrophic noise metal” on their intense, unpredictable and all-around insane sophomore LP, Through the Mirror.
Through the Mirror follows 2014’s Mama; an unyielding barrage of nightmarish, avant-garde noise that drags listeners down into the depths of insanity and tortures them for all eternity. The six-track debut featured walls of harsh noise and earsplitting sound effects that collide head-on with battering percussion, corrosive guitars and an array of hellish, unhinged vocals. The entire record, even with its numerous peaks and valleys, was 40-minute cacophony that the most masochistic of extreme music fans would lap up with a smile.
The Body and Full of Hell return with another dark and abrasive collaborative effort with Ascending a Mountain of Heavy Light.
Throughout their careers, The Body and Full of Hell have thrived in the underground extreme music scenes by being prolific workhorses, and by purveying a sound and image in their respective genres that is dark, misanthropic and nihilistic, which seems to strike a chord with the more “disenfranchised” heavy music listener. Because of their commendable work ethics and shared love for all things polarizing and noisy, its not surprising that their paths would eventually cross, resulting in 2016’s One Day You Will Ache Like I Ache.
So…I had some goddamn medical mystery awesomeness and laid low like motherfucker because I HAD A STROKE! I did a quick review last time and that took me for-fucking-ever because it affected my fine motor skills on my right side. So typing was a fucking bitch of a time. But everything is OK because there are more problems but let’s ignore that shit because fuck it. Let’s get to reviewing and talking about music, history, and the lack of social graces.
From 2001 to 2005, I attended the beautiful campus of SUNY Potsdam, a diamond of cultural diversity awash in a sea of redneck recluse, identity crisis ( many people think they should act like southerners but can trace their lineage back for years to…northern New York….), and the brink of economic desperation and fear. The only constant was the feeling of displacement, friends (hey Charles), and the fact that your mind and heart and emotions really never synced up.
The forthcoming split LP from Texan noise metallers BLK OPS (ex-Kill the Client) and Californian deathgrinders Cave Bastard (ex-Cattle Decapitation) recently premiered via Decibel. The record will officially be released this Friday, August 25, via Accident Prone Records and can be purchased here. Stream the release here and check out both bands’ upcoming tour dates after the break.
Photo by Liz Ciavarella-Brenner
One-man experimental outfit Gridfailure
creates soundtracks to nightmares you hope you never have. Helmed by New York musician David Brenner, the ever-prolific project creates abstract, often haunting soundscapes that envelop listeners in their pervasive malevolence and offers no escape. With each new release, Brenner seems to pull more and more from the darkest recesses of his psyche, resulting in a project that rarely repeats itself.
Photo by Jason Larkin
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?