Well, here it is again.
How do I sum up a year in music that some how seemed to top every other year previous? Why do I say that every year? Who cares what I think anyway? I limited myself to a top thirty, but boy, there’s a ton of honorable mentions. Black metal was king this year, as it is most years for me. I’m boring, whatever, eat my shit.
Without further ado:
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
With their emphasis on jazz phrasing, chaotic rhythm shifts, and dueling, squalling vocals, Baltimore’s NoiSays is yet another newer band helping to modernize the sassy mathcore sounds of the MySpace era. On October 17, the Maryland quintet will release their self-titled debut via Dark Trail Records. Balancing between dissonance and infectious melodies, NoiSays‘ forthcoming record will have you trying to fit into those tight jeans and befriending Tom all over again. Continue Reading
Scottish hardcore outfit Suffer/Wallow are poised to release their heavy-hitting self-titled debut this Friday, August 31. The forthcoming release explores the effects of sleep paralysis on the mind by way of genre-bending hardcore that is equally emotive and unpredictable. From the squalling screamo of “Wraith”, to the 90s metallic hardcore inspired of “Deadweight”, to the Touche Amoré-esque post-hardcore of “Deprivation”, Suffer/Wallow proudly refuses to stick to the script and offer up a debut full of surprises.
In anticipation of its release, we at Svbterranean bring you an exclusive first-listen of the record in its entirety. Fans of post-hardcore of all shapes in sizes would be wise to check it out. Stream it below. Continue Reading
Glasgow-based hardcore quartet Suffer/Wallow recently released their debut single, “Wraith”, this past week. Serving as a teaser of their forthcoming debut full-length, “Wraith” is a dissonant burst of angular, screamo-influenced hardcore that spirals and squeals across 59 seconds. Check out the tune after the break. Continue Reading
Gatherers craft an infectious and emotionally-heavy post-hardcore opus with their sophomore full-length album, We Are Alive Beyond Repair. Continue Reading
French post-hardcore trio Birds in Row have announced the release of their sophomore full-length album. The forthcoming record, which is the band’s first full-length since 2012’s You, Me & the Violence and follows 2015’s Personal War EP, will be titled We Already Lost the World and will be released through Deathwish Inc and Throatruiner Records on July 18.
The album’s artwork and track listing can be seen after the break alongside the new track “15-38” [via Revolver]and the band’s forthcoming tour dates.
Pre-order the record here. Continue Reading
Hidey-ho there, readers. It’s been a few weeks since I was able to do this, but I’m back and hopefully I can give you some rad tunes for your weekend. As always, these are all free to download, but you can donate to each band on their respective pages. Lets get into it. Continue Reading
On Cette Erosion De Nous-Mêmes, Nesseria take more sonic risks than ever and they all pay off.
Since their inception in 2003, Nesseria have been in a constant state of stylistic evolution, refusing to stagnate creatively. The Orléans-based act began life with a spastic, grinding sound on their early demos and splits before pursuing a more blackened hardcore sound on their full-length releases, which reached its apex on 2014’s Fractures. Their third full-length recording, Cette Erosion De Nous-Mêmes, shows the band embarking on a new aural journey; presenting a staggering change in sound for a band with a history of dabbling in the more antisocial and gritty forms of extreme music. Continue Reading