Japan’s enigmatic Friendship deliver 25 minutes of uncompromising sonic hostility on their aptly named full-length debut, Hatred.
The mysterious Tokyo act turned a few heads stateside earlier this year with the reissue of their previously self-released I&II EPs. This two-part release featured a rampaging, antagonistic sound that was a fiery collision between hardcore, grind and powerviolence, with a bit of industrial grit and antisocial noise added for good measure. While Friendship traversed familiar waters on these releases, and frankly still do, the sheer ferocity and sonic power of their music leaves a lot of their contemporaries in the dust.
Hatred picks up where I&II left off stylistically (and features two rerecorded songs for that matter), but the amount of tortuous heaviness is increased to unfathomable levels, making its predecessor seem like easy listening in comparison.
Mysterious Japanese hardcore/powerviolence outfit Friendship have announced the vinyl release of their debut full-length, Hatred. The 25-minute LP was originally released in Japan back in June via Daymare Recordings, but will be given the vinyl treatment by Southern Lord on October 20. The album’s artwork and track listing can be found after the break, along with streams of the tracks “Tortures” and “Life Sentence”.
The band’s previously-released, head-turning I&II EPs can be streamed here.
So…I had some goddamn medical mystery awesomeness and laid low like motherfucker because I HAD A STROKE! I did a quick review last time and that took me for-fucking-ever because it affected my fine motor skills on my right side. So typing was a fucking bitch of a time. But everything is OK because there are more problems but let’s ignore that shit because fuck it. Let’s get to reviewing and talking about music, history, and the lack of social graces.
From 2001 to 2005, I attended the beautiful campus of SUNY Potsdam, a diamond of cultural diversity awash in a sea of redneck recluse, identity crisis ( many people think they should act like southerners but can trace their lineage back for years to…northern New York….), and the brink of economic desperation and fear. The only constant was the feeling of displacement, friends (hey Charles), and the fact that your mind and heart and emotions really never synced up.
It’s often that when a powerviolence band strings together a dozen tracks for an EP that it can feel rushed and non-sequential. This is most definitely not the case for Raleigh, North Carolina’s newest heavy hitters Oxidant. Featuring members of NoComply, Supressive Fire and Gas Chamber, there is no doubt that Oxidant would deliver the goods. The band offers an audio assault with their twelve tracks of unrelenting grind. True to the genres punk roots, there are no frills or bullshit, just savage, ravaging power. Continue Reading
Spongebob-themed powerviolence act Goolagoon and the now defunct SoCal powerviolence outfit Antichrist Demoncore have announced that they will release a new split together. This release will feature the last recorded material from ACxDC and will be given a physical release from To Live a Lie records at a later date. As of now, Goolagoon’s side of the split can be streamed in full and can be found after the break.
Following two collaborations, two solo full lengths and a plethora of EPs, splits and singles, Trumpeting Ecstasy sees harsh grind death pioneers Full Of Hell entering a new era in sound. Following in the direction of the band’s Amber Mote… EP and their subsequently released split with Nails, Full Of Hell’s latest effort again leans towards the band’s death metal roots, inching farther from yet still retaining the group’s core musical identity. Imbued with higher registers of sound, greater emphases on technicality and death metal atmospherics, Trumpeting Ecstasy is a progressive, exultant exercise in sound. It pummels with a forward driving, almost-upbeat swagger with a surprising sense of form and accessibility that speaks to the instrumental mastery, sub-genre knowledge and cohesion of the band as a unit. Continue Reading
1 ep, 2 full lengths, and visits to 14 different countries on tour all culminated in Gaza’s 3rd full length No Absolutes in Human Suffering. Their previous 2 records He is Never Coming Back and I Don’t Care Where I Go When I Die both stand on their own merits as exceptional examples of heavy, mathy, abrasive, hardcore/grindcore. For how varied the music is, the lyrics also featured no shortage of vitriolic atheist messages.
Following their reissues of Sweatin’ To The Oldies and Sweatin’ 3: Skatin’, Satan & Katon from influential powerviolence trio Spazz, Tankcrimes Records have announced that the band’s Sweatin’ 2: Deported Live Gorilla release will also get the reissue treatment on December 9.
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Providence powerviolence outfit Fucking Invincible
) have announced the release of a new split 7″ EP with Netherlands-based hardcore outfit Lifespite
(Left for Dead
, Blind to Faith
). The release is due out on October 7 via Atomic Action! Records, with audio samples and artwork to be released in the coming weeks.
Fucking Invincible have also announced a new West Coast U.S. tour with Los Angeles-based hardcore outfit Deadbeat (Despise You). Those dates can be found below.
Powerviolence outfit Deny the Cross (Spazz, etc) have premiered their debut album, Alpha Ghoul, over at Noisey. The album is officially out this Friday, July 29, via Tankcrimes Records and can be purchased here. Alpha Ghoul is a brief and unrelenting listen that churns out 18 tracks of classic, grimy powerviolence that aims to rip listeners apart. Check it out now.