In case you were inclined to wonder about the roots of Austin, TX quartet Portrayal of Guilt’s music, one probably need look no further than the credits for their debut LP Let Pain Be Your Guide. Contained therein, you would find Matt Michel, formerly of Majority Rule listed as producer, and you would also find that Chris Taylor of Pg. 99 and Pygmy Lush is responsible for the album’s art. Through that window, you could safely make some assumptions regarding what Portrayal of Guilt sounds like – in all likelihood conjuring for yourself a cacophony of grinding guitars punctuated with angularity, dissonance, and the occasional mid tempo groove. In that assumption you would not be too far off base, but I am here to tell you that Portrayal of Guilt is one of those special bands that does not simply eat its influences and then summarily excrete a slightly faded version of them. Instead, they digest them, learn, and create a synthesis. Continue Reading
A brief anecdote: in 2007 or 2008 I went to see Ottawa, Ontario band Buried Inside perform live. As one of the opening bands was setting up their frontman unassumingly took his place centre stage and they began playing shortly after. The sounds being projected from their singer was unlike anything I had ever heard up to that point. If there had been any paint left on the walls on the venue, the sound of this man’s voice surely would’ve peeled it from the surfaces. The band was Congress and their vocalist was Jamie Hooper. When not dabbling in noise rock Hooper spent some time fronting 3 inches of Blood.
Syracuse, NY crossover grind band Fed Ash (featuring former members of Bleak, Trash Burner and Soured Ground) have unleashed their debut release, titled Grief As A Prison, today (August 8) and are offering up a stream of the entire effort. The album is comprised of eight tracks of abrasive grindcore, showcasing Fed Ash‘s penchant for harsh, destructive dissonance and suffocatingly dismal tones. It’s overwhelmingly aggressive, raw and visceral while exuding hardcore, powerviolence, black metal and sludge influences. Check it out after the break.
Blast Beats is a weekly column in which extreme music artists discuss their favorite hip-hop records.
In this week’s Blast Beats, Detach the Islands drummer Emmett Ceglia discusses his top 12 favorite hip-hop records of all time. His picks range from classic albums from Nas, to more eccentric and contemporary acts like Death Grips and Run the Jewels. Continue reading to check out his full list. Continue Reading
It’s spring break and once again you do not have any plans. Jim from Accounting invites you and some other coworkers to a weekend getaway at some popular beach somewhere. You agree to tag along because you think you need to get out more and be more sociable. You will soon, unsurprisingly, regret your decision. Continue Reading
Singapore grindcore outfit Wormrot have announced they will embark on a short North American headlining run. The upcoming trek will begin in Brooklyn on May 24 and will conclude in Montclair, New Jersey on June 3. Ithaca, New York-based powerviolence act Escuela will be providing support on select dates. The tour flyer can be seen after the break.
Brooklyn mathgrind outfit Detach the Islands officially released their new single, “Phantom in the Frame”, today via their official Bandcamp page. In celebration of its release, we at Svbterranean bring you the track’s official video. The new frenetic and discordant tune is tastefully set to a video, edited by Darragh Dandurand, that comprises various clips of violent car accidents. As such, we don’t recommend watching this video while behind the wheel.
Check out the video below.
Fucked and Bound crank out 20 minutes of no-holds-barred hardcore on their debut full-length, Suffrage.
In stark contrast to sister band He Whose Ox Is Gored, this Seattle quartet is all speed, grit and fury. Blending hardcore old and new with a dash of powerviolence and metallic hardcore, Fucked and Bound embrace the sound of the Seattle hardcore scene while showing off their own flair. In just 20 minutes’ time the band deliver 13 heavy-hitting tracks overflowing with seething angst, heightened by topics such as feminism and nihilism. It’s confrontational in the best way possible. Continue Reading
Seattle hardcore outfit Fucked and Bound (He Whose Ox is Gored) have announced the release of their debut, full-length album. The upcoming record will be titled Suffrage and will be released on February 16 via Atomic Action Records. The LP was tracked and mixed by Robert Cheek at Electric Wall Studios and ExEx Audio, and mastered by Blake Bickel at Dynamic Sound Services. Check out the album’s artwork and track listing after the break along with a stream of the new track, “Terror”.
Pre-order the record here.
It’s been a pretty solid year, as far as heavy music is concerned. Some of my favorite artists surpassed even the highest of my expectations, such as Full of Hell, Primitive Man and Blood Sun Circle, while I feel lucky to have been introduced to a few stellar new acts. Bands like Chepang and Sunlight’s Bane completely blew me away with their debut full-length releases, which are both refreshingly unique and utterly intense. This year was also an incredible one for death metal, with a slew of legendary bands offering up impeccable releases, and in some cases, their best work in years. Without further delay, here are my top 20 picks for the best of 2017.