Let’s make this short and sweet. Several of my colleagues have already unleashed their end of the year lists and you should definitely check them out. It’s good to read up and check out others lists as their taste in music my be a little different than your own and it could lead you down a path where you discover something amazing. But for now, here is my 10 metal albums of 2018!
Giardia meld jazz, doom and black metal into an eclectic and hallucinogenic bombardment of sound on their new full-length, FARM. Continue Reading
Swedish band, WE ARE THE CATALYST have returned with the first single/video from their forthcoming 2nd album Ephemeral. This new offering is a calculated, fine-tuned, triumph for the band. Listeners inclined towards epic and tremendously memorable, female-fronted metal not unlike LACUNA COIL or OTEP will find plenty to love with WE ARE THE CATALYSTS. Continue Reading
Extreme music is an odd and fickle thing, constantly changing and moving through various trends and phases, constantly picking one subgenre has it’s acceptable choice to get in to the group, before slowly fading them into the background of life when it becomes apparent. You then name drop the band, letting people know that you knew and liked a certain band and a certain type of music before it was cool, making you cool for a time, until ultimately that band falls behind the curve, leaving you to find another band and another subgenre to exploit for selfish gains. I mention this because we are all guilty of it, and at the same time, it is the way we expand as people, learning about new ideas and bands, and help to create cornerstones for what we create ourselves. Continue Reading
Cover by Lyle Schultz
Rusty seemed to have a near perfect run as a band which began in 1994. The group shattered eardrums with their debut single “Wake Me.”
Cover by Craig Cirinelli of Housewithoutwalls Design
Long-running Tulsa based music collective ESCAPING THE ORDINARY are set to premiere the fourth instalment in their compilation series this Friday, June 15th. The collective was founded by Ty Griffin with a simple yet effective modus operandi that good music needs to be heard. The first three compilations were a mix of well-established artists like JUNIUS, THURSDAY, DREDG, (DAMN) THIS DESERT AIR, CONSTANTS, and CASPIAN, among others, but also aimed the spotlight at smaller artists.
May 9th, 2018. It’s been a little over a year since I have seen Nile and probably close to 10 years since I have watched Soulfly do their thing on stage. The best venue in the Kansas City area, The Riot Room, was the host for the evening. This place has been a staple for big tours coming through the Midwest now. Bands that you would think only do bigger theaters are stomping some ass in this little bar that has a maximum occupancy of 280 people. The stage is tiny, the pit is small but the atmosphere is always amazing. Doors opened. People swelled in. Beers started flowing. Let the metal begin.
Photo by Jean Ribeiro
Brazilian avant-punks Deafkids
are a band that sound like no other. Although rooted in punk, the band’s sound transcends genre conventions and takes sonic risks most musical acts wouldn’t take. Gritty, noisy guitars are met with elements of drone, harsh noise and psychedelia to create cacophonous walls of sound, with some semblance of a hardcore song throbbing underneath. Electronic meddling, polyrhythmic freakouts, and a myriad of other atypical musical techniques and instrumentation also play a role in the band’s strange, singular sound. Deafkids
provide a complete sensory overload, plain and simple.
In May 2016, Deafkids released their jarring full-length, Configuração do Lamento, which was re-released on Neurot Recordings the following year after label head and Neurosis guitarist Steve Von Till was blown away by it. To keep the Hype Train moving, we at Svbterranean reached out to the band do discuss the background of each track on this unique record. Continue reading to see what they had to say. Continue Reading
Back in February, the ever prolific sound experimenter Gridfailure released his most haunting and dismal recording to date, Irritum. Crafted solely by creator David Brenner, Irritum is comprised of 13 tracks that sound like they were culled from the most disturbing nightmares imaginable. Fans of Nurse With Wound, Scott Walker and various anxieties will want to take note.
To better understand Irritum‘s creation and the inner workings of this madman, we reached out to Brenner who agreed to give us a rundown of the album piece by piece. Check it out after the break. Continue Reading
Oh, 2017…a year of shit. Like someone punching you in the dick, that is how this year can be described, both personally (fuck strokes and fuck the medical profession for not being open) and professionally (don’t start, as I have a bootheel and a rock to through that certain group back under.). But music, while not totally free and innocent, is still kicking ass and trying something. Here are my top albums, in no order, but totally worth any listen if you got a chance. Continue Reading