I became a fan of Austrian post-black metal act Harakiri For The Sky a few years back and have enjoyed and actively sought out their material ever since. Having released their debut in 2012, the band has only thrust itself upward and they are proving this once more on their latest endeavor ARSON. Continue Reading
Here’s me, talking about this year.
Fuck, what a year. My favorite band made their best record in a decade. My favorite lady (in music, at least 2 in life are way ahead of her) made her best record ever. I saw more shows than maybe every other year that were of the “I’ll never get a chance to do this” character. I watched my kid grow up a little and loved every second of it. I managed to not get stabbed by my wife. Music was at an all time high for me, especially black metal, and life was pretty good outside of how horrible everything is. I had to do a top 50, and even then, I felt like I left a ton of stuff off. Everything listed below got multiple listens, and if available, purchased on LP. Yes, I buy a lot of records. No I don’t regret it. I can truly say that every ranked record deserved their place. I would have loved to keep this to a top 10. I couldn’t. Oh well. I’ve excluded reissues and non full lengths, and some stuff I didn’t get a ton of time with I just threw in honorable mentions. Without further ado, here’s the kinda shit I like:
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.
Hello there, readers. Lane and I came up with the idea to do a Bandcamp Spotlight to highlight some of the bands that we have trouble dedicating entire posts to. Nothing against the bands, it’s just a time issue. So, let us proceed into the first edition of SVB’s Bandcamp Spotlight series. Continue Reading
New Zealand’s Spook the Horses continue to defy expectations with their third full-length album, People Used to Live Here.
As their career thus far has shown, Spook the Horses are not bound by genre limitations and flourish within their own artistic freedom. The band is in a constant state of evolution, unafraid to experiment with other musical styles and sounds. 2011’s Brighter was a dense, atmospheric marriage between post-rock and brooding post-metal, resulting in a enthralling dichotomy between soothing and crushing. In stark contrast, 2015’s Rainmaker retained its predecessor’s post-metal stylings, but introduced sludgier guitars and more angular post-hardcore elements into the mix. Fast-forward to 2017 and the band have once again modified their sound and the results are staggering, but in a very positive way. Continue Reading
Nullingroots returns with their 4th studio album “Into the Grey” and it’s blackened post-metal done right. Somber and depressive riffs cloud my mind as percussive bliss shatters my thoughts, all while the vocals scream such beautiful nothings loudly and unforgivably. I’ve been slow to listen to much black metal this year, let alone post-rock musings, so hearing this combination of music together and done right was easily something I could enjoy and get down with. Nullingroots gives us only 5 songs on this album but the longer tracks grabs a hold of me and never lets me go.
Austrian post-black metal act Harakiri For The Sky took my world by storm a few years back, so I was quite pleased to learn that they would be unleashing some new material in 2018. The band will release their new record Arson in February and we have gotten a taste of the radness already. You can check out “Tomb Omnia” off of the album below. Spoiler: it rules. Continue Reading
Arkansas rock band (proclaimed “humcore” by our own Lane Oliver) released their terrific new 7″ EP Lonely Frontier earlier in the year and they have now released a music video for the track “Pinholes.” I’m loving this band and their output is 100%. Check out the very DIY video below and be sure to stream/pick up their new EP now. Continue Reading
Post rock outfit WATTER have detailed their forthcoming record History of the Future. The greatly anticipated follow up to 2014’s stunning This World will be released October 20th by Temporary Residence Ltd.
CLOAKROOM have become the godfathers of their hybrid of emo stoner doom over the span of their 5-year career. Exceptional songwriting chops, time spent in cultishly followed bands, and a vocalist with a lilting tenor have all expedited this ascension. On their 2nd full-length Time Well they seem to manage to best their previous releases and also lay claim to a spot alongside contemporary greats.