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.
Gatherers craft an infectious and emotionally-heavy post-hardcore opus with their sophomore full-length album, We Are Alive Beyond Repair. Continue Reading
Crushing sludge, intricate melodies and ethereal atmospheres come together in post-metal harmony on Lesser Glow‘s debut LP, Ruined.
Hailing from Boston and comprised of former members of Irepress, The Proselyte and Black Elm, Lesser Glow are yet another new band to push the boundaries of what is considered “post-metal”. Drawing influence from genre figure heads, while also incorporating elements from 90s underground and post-hardcore, Lesser Glow carve out an interesting niche for themselves within the sludge/doom/post-whatever scenes. Their new record, Ruined, illustrates this by balancing between infectious melodies and crushing weight, subtle complexity and straightforward heaviness. Continue Reading
“Burgeoning Verse” is a collaborative album between Ben Chisholm of Chelsea Wolfe‘s band and Felix Skinner of Wreck & Reference fame. Recorded over a 36 hour session using vintage guitars, bassoons, analog synths and pedals and a guest appearance by Andrew Clinco of Drab Majesty and Marriages to drum on the lead single.
Photo by Corinne Shiavone
Following the release of their new single “Honeycomb” yesterday, Deafheaven have revealed the details surrounding their forthcoming fourth full-length album. The highly-anticipated record, which follows 2015’s New Bermuda, will be titled Ordinary Corrupt Human Love and will be released on July 13 via Anti-. The record, whose title takes inspiration from Graham Greene’s novel The End of the Affair, was produced by Jack Shirley (Loma Prieta, Oathbreaker, etc) and will feature seven new tracks. The album’s artwork and track listing can be seen after the break.
The band have also announced they will embark on a North American summer tour alongside Drab Majesty and Uniform. Those dates can be found below.
The current and ongoing movement of contemporary electric guitar playing has seen the instrument reach new heights in the realm of heavy music. Animals as Leaders and their fretboard wizardry have made them nearly a household name. Acts like Plini, Periphery, and Chon aren’t far behind with their unique, innovative, approach to playing and performing. File Hong Kong’s Oliver Cheung into the “up and coming and tremendously talented” folder.
*Stay Trve – an (in)frequent column that aims to help counterbalance potential audio malaise and a nearly total saturation of sub-mediocre artists in the current music industry.
Time has been kind to the sounds of Richmond, Virginia’s Engine Down. Relentless touring and exceptionally high-quality records afforded them a loyal fan base during their 9-year career. Despite a staggering work ethic, the success of the likes of which their peers like Circa Survive, Thursday, and Alexisonfire achieved, eluded Engine Down. Rest assured, going back and revisiting their recordings will move even the most jaded fan of all things brainy, guitar driven, and complex.
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.