In Svbterranean’s Album Dissections, artists break down the construction and/or lyrical themes of their records track by track.
Earlier this month Nashville powerviolence duo Thetan unleashed their face-ripping, sophomore full-length, Abysmal, via Anti-Corporate Music. The 18-track, 18-minute-long record assaults listeners with hyper-speed, hyper-violent bass-and-drum hardcore that doesn’t let up. Fans of Charles Bronson, Spazz, and all things Slap-a-Ham are encouraged to pay attention.
Thetan bassist/vocalist Dan Emery was kind enough to drop by and participate in our Album Dissections series to breakdown the construction of the album as well as its deeply personal lyrical themes. Check out what Emery had to say below. Continue Reading
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I’ve been friends with vocalist and front man of the powerviolence act Terminal Nation for a few years now, and after seeing them perform live more times than any other band, I have finally conducted an interview with the man, the myth, the legend: Stan Liszewski! We discussed the bands upcoming musical endeavors, energy drinks and the recent benefit show the band played in their hometown (and mine!) of Little Rock, Arkansas. Enjoy. Continue Reading
Nashville powerviolence duo Thetan are poised to release their second full-length album, Abysmal, on February 1 via Anti-Corporate Music. Abysmal is a raw, hyper-speed hardcore record that pumps out 18 tracks of drum and bass violence in 18 abrasive minutes. Fans of Charles Bronson, Spazz, Coke Bust, and the like, should take note. Continue Reading
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.