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
Florida’s Gouge Away meld punk fury with alternative anthems on their sophomore full-length record, Burnt Sugar. Continue Reading
I’m sitting there, sweat dripping off my nose, vision blurry, with no groove, no noise besides the unfiltered masses of people and their hideous voices, screeching like nails on a chalk board. Knuckles drag, mouth breathing loudly, lost in their own little self-indulgent world of narcissism, looking at themselves in the mirror when I realize that I have work to do eventually and need something to drown out the shitty ass Journey playing overhead (Trust me, “Lights” is fucking terrible and Steve Perry is god awful). 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.
Uniform push the limits of their apocalyptic, industrial punk on their bombastic third full-length album, The Long Walk. Continue Reading
Cover by Lyle Schultz
Rusty seemed to have a near perfect run as a band which began in 1994. The group shattered eardrums with their debut single “Wake Me.”
Pennsylvanian punk/post-hardcore outfit L.M.I. are set to release their fourth EP, and sixth recording overall, this Friday, July 6, via Killer Tofu Records. Simply titled L.M.I. IV, the new recording was captured SweetCreek Studios in Ottsville, Pennsylvania, mixed by Matt Buckley, and mastered by John Fachet. The five-track EP unleashes 13 minutes of raging hardcore that balances between traditional punk stylings and off-kilter assaults. In anticipation of its official release, we at Svbterranean bring you an exclusive stream of the full EP. Check it out in all of its fast, noisy glory after the break.
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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.
ZEKE is one of those bands that has a reputation, proud and loud and boisterous, with a no-nonsense attitude and style. They are a band that is meat and potatoes as they come: Punk attitude, brash playing, loud as fuck with balls to spare. They are what happens when a coke addict takes a shit ton of methamphetamine, down a bottle of whiskey, learned to play via Motorhead and Ramones, and continued cranking shit to a volume of 11 and moving at 6th gear. Continue Reading
Weaving together elements of NWOBHM, garage punk and hard rock, Sweden’s Piss River deliver an energetic good time on their self-titled debut. Due out tomorrow, April 27 via The Sign Records, this 12-track release is full of driving punk-meets-heavy metal flavor and ludicrously catchy hooks that will be stuck in your mind the entire day. In preparation for its release, we at Svbterranean are excited to bring you an exclusive early stream of the record in all its rocking glory. Continue reading to check it out! Continue Reading