Black Gaia takes a couple tracks to spin up but once it does it becomes readily apparent that Brooklyn’s Netherlands is eager for the world of man to end and no amount of wealth redistribution nor lab-grown meat is going to change their minds. Continue Reading
HAAN is a blistering 4 piece noise rock band from NYC, operating in the spirit of all that description implies. In the grand, grimy tradition of their forebears like Helmet and Unsane, HAAN will hit you in the gut and leave you lying breathless in the street. Their particular fusion of post punk/hardcore and hard rock is muscular and undulating, not leaving anything to the imagination as they strip all of the filth and stress and rage off of daily life and hold it up in front of your face. This is exactly what the band accomplishes on their new offering By the Grace of Blood and Guts, out 8/10/18 on Aqualamb Records. Continue Reading
Well, they’re back! Deafheaven have been taking the world by storm (either positively or negatively) since the release of their demo in 2010 and up through New Bermuda‘s release in 2015. While that album didn’t settle with me as an instant classic, the bands 2013 album Sunbather is a phenomenal work of art that stirred up more feelings than any record in recent memory. I mean, people really fucking hate that album and this band and, honestly I don’t get the negative feelings. But, what do I know? I’m sure I’ll catch flack for this review just for “showing support to hipster black metal garbage.” But then again, since when do I give a shit what people think? Continue Reading
The Necks craft one of their most dynamic, driving, and mesmerizing compositions to date with Body.
Masters of experimentation and defiers of expectation, Australian trio The Necks have turned jazz on its head time and time again with their monolithic, meticulous, yet improvised pieces. Active for over 30 years and with 20 albums under their belt, The Necks have proven that their creative well has yet to run dry, and probably never will. Their newest recording, Body, attests to this statement and features some of their most awe-inspiring work thus far. Continue Reading
Monolithic riffs, caustic noise and bad vibes collide on the new split between doom metal stalwarts Unearthly Trance and “death sludge” purveyors Primitive Man.
Following up their critically lauded 2017 full-lengths, New York’s Unearthly Trance and Colorado’s Primitive Man bring their respective, intensely dark takes on doom and sludge metal together on this seven-track wall of filth. Though both bands’ approaches to the genre are rather different one another, their shared penchant for all things cold and unforgiving blend into a seamless, 45-minute assault of bleakness. Continue Reading
Comparisons of bands to other, more famous, more trend-setting bands are a dime-a-dozen, with Coalesce naming an album about this and that ideas are currently recycled and have been thought of before. It is a problem for many subjects today as it perpetuates a stagnation that is not there, and also name drops bands to which the subject has nothing to do with.
I agreed to review the newest album “Deads” by Danish band LLNN, due to the comparison to phenomenal band Botch in the email. Judging by my opening statement, this was far from the truth. LLNN are nothing like Botch other than having parts that are syncopated and off-time. While this name dropping is problematic, it doesn’t mean that there isn’t a great band underneath, which is what happened with this album. Continue Reading