British Shoegazers AMUSEMENT PARKS ON FIRE have returned after an extended hiatus which originated in 2013. The band has released 2 new singles along with a forthcoming reissue of their titanic 3rd album Road Eyes. Plans pertaining to a new album have been detailed on the band’s social media pages.
2017 has come to a close, which means every blog and music publication gets to bombard you with their shitty opinions on what they thought the best music of the year was. Svbterranean is no different, I am sorry to say. Starting today, a bulk of our writers will begin posting their favorite releases of 2017. Feel to comment and tell us your favorites and what we might have missed. You can also troll us, we don’t mind.
Without further adieu, here is my top 30 releases of the year. There was a multitude of good releases this year and it was extremely difficult to narrow it down to JUST 30. These are the releases that made an impression on me and stuck with me the most year. Just like last year, my favorite records listed span across genres and are not limited to just the extreme music we typically cover on the site. I hope you find something you like. Get into it.
Glassjaw‘s first proper full-length since 2002’s critically-heralded Worship and Tribute proves to be some of the band’s most aggressive and most adventurous material to date.
Although they’ve been sporadically active since the release of Worship and Tribute, New York’s Glassjaw have nonetheless made a lasting impact on the post-hardcore scene, continually inspiring legions of young bands to this day. As such, any output from the band, no matter how small, is generally met with great enthusiasm. This is of course the case with the band’s long-awaited third full-length album, Material Control. Since the release of the Our Color Green and Coloring Book EPs in 2011, and especially since the release of the “New White Extremity” single in 2015 and subsequent performances of new songs at recent tours, anticipation for this record has been growing for quite some time. Now that it is finally here, it is safe to say that it delivers what longtime fans want and more. Continue Reading
Acclaimed Canadian duo MARES OF THRACE unveiled to the world that they are recording a new ep. Vocalist/Guitarist Trez recently announced on social media the outfit’s plans to record new material. This will be their first work after a 3-year hiatus in which Trez returned to academia and subsequently settled into a new career in Video Game design. Continue Reading
Brooklyn’s metal obsessed post-hardcore band Husbandry are embarking on a 2 week tour across the US with fellow New York weirdo rockers Moon Tooth. Starting in Philadelphia, PA on 11/1 and returning to Amityville, NY, on 11/16, the 6000+ mile trek takes them as far west the infamous Viper Room in Los Angeles.
With a few stretches in the van as long as 15 hours, we thought it would be interesting to get Husbandry’s take on life on the road with a multi-part tour journal. Follow Arnau Bosc (bass), Jordan Usatch (guitar), Carina Zachary (vocals), and Andrew Gottlieb (bass) on their epic journey across the United States.
Their new 5-track EP Bad Weeds Never Die, is out 12/1 on Aqualamb Records, but is available early from the band on tour now. Pre-orders for the 120+ page book/cd combo are also available at http://aqualamb.bandcamp.com
On Cette Erosion De Nous-Mêmes, Nesseria take more sonic risks than ever and they all pay off.
Since their inception in 2003, Nesseria have been in a constant state of stylistic evolution, refusing to stagnate creatively. The Orléans-based act began life with a spastic, grinding sound on their early demos and splits before pursuing a more blackened hardcore sound on their full-length releases, which reached its apex on 2014’s Fractures. Their third full-length recording, Cette Erosion De Nous-Mêmes, shows the band embarking on a new aural journey; presenting a staggering change in sound for a band with a history of dabbling in the more antisocial and gritty forms of extreme music. Continue Reading
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.
Combining the raw aggression, angularity and heart of 90s post-hardcore with a healthy dose of progressive flair, NY in 64 craft dynamic, ever-evolving tunes full of pulverizing riffs and melodic flair. On their newest full-length recording, The Gentle Indifference of the Night, the band hit harder than they have before and forge seemingly endless intricate sonic passages across 30 minutes. Devoid of lyrics, NY in 64 tell engaging stories that most words wish they could tell.
Svbterranean recently caught up with bassist Tom Schlatter and guitarists Justin Hock and Chris Alfano to discuss the new record and future projects.
Photo by Kimberly Tam-Rheam
Hello, fellow ‘terraneans. Welcome to the inauguration of Stay Trve. I got to thinking that now, maybe more than ever, there are A LOT of recordings being released. Unless your job involves sitting on the couch all day listening to music, odds are, you and I are missing out on some quality music. Big time. To help counter the audio malaise and near total saturation of the music playing field, I present to you: Stay Trve.
GROUPOEM have quite a storied history. The legend goes that from 1983 to 1986 the band cut their teeth in the Toronto punk rock circuit, went on a North American tour in 1987 and then dissolved the same year.
25 years later the band has reformed. Their new offering Dirt Church is a culmination of 9 tracks the band recorded in 1987 and 9 that were captured after their reformation. Subjectively, I wish there were more bands like this. GROUPOEM exhibit many of the tropes of punk and alternative, but the way they present it is unique and ultimately fresh. The stream of conscious type lyrics and masterful guitar playing and arrangements really set this band apart from the herd.