Progressive blackened death metal outfit Cormorant have premiered a new track from their forthcoming album, Diaspora, via Brooklyn Vegan/Invisible Oranges. Titled “The Devourer”, the track weaves in-and-out between disemboweling, gutter-spawned death metal to flashy proggy flair complete with memorable vocal refrains. The band said the following of the new single:
Black Metal mixes with everything and anything these days, and mixed results will happen. It is like part of the color wheel, it can be add to anything, but the results vary depending on what it is mixed with. You have blackened crust punk (Young and In The Way), Post-Black Metal (or Black Shoegaze as I called it, with Deafheaven), traditional black metal (if I don’t love me some Emperor) and black metal meets arena rock ( the new Black Anvil I can NOT get enough of and is in my top 3 for record of the year).
Let me tell you young’ins something you will learn actually fairly quick, and Coalesce said it best with an album title: There is nothing new under the sun. Let me repeat that for those skimming through my shitty, ADHD, virally infected writing and say it louder, since reading may be too good for you: THERE IS NOTHING NEW UNDER THE SUN! This has been true for a while, but goddamn, you can at least do a good job at making the music and kicking ass. Those bands I mentioned above do very well with what they have and their ideas and their mixture of genres.
Noise is quite an interesting “genre” as it is like black metal in my mind: it can encompass multiple other genres yet still be solely in the main genre. (Post-black metal, I’m looking at you kid, although you do carry a lot of fucking gold.) Now, when I think of noise, I think of bands from Amphetamine Reptiles (I am fucking old), KEN Mode, Today Is The Day (their early records and later records are so much tits that conventional lingerie has trouble holding that shit in), and Fashion Chic. You know, musicianship where there is a musical know how to break rules, a driving rhythm section of doom, and lyrics that hint at possible hilarity but lead to an idea that there is pain and anger. And then comes along CHRMR with their self titled EP. This album…let’s talk about this album’s bandcamp first shall we?
Strap yourself in, we are about to stray into legitimate tl;dr territory my friends. In January of 2002, I found myself in Atlanta, Georgia sleeping in a warehouse of some kind that had been turned into every punk’s wet dream of DIY scene housing. Basically just a huge empty space where they could have shows in the middle, and little ad hoc bedrooms constructed along the walls. There were multiple hot plates. There was a living room “area” in the corner, because there was a rug and a couch. There was a pile of VHS tapes containing every episode of Mr. Show. There was someone’s dog hanging out. Continue Reading
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
Super groups and the like are a ridiculous sort, often given to manic and high priced egos while carrying the weight of expectations meant to cripple the god Atlas, all while never giving up the core members’ ideals and opening up the power vacuum to the most dominant member. Common people and critics hold these groups so high that they may as be Icarus and those wax wings the tears of fans that wash away all hope of those super groups and them creating something of substance, rather than totally ripping off your wallet for the hope of prolonging their damn careers and keeping that spot light on them for 5 more seconds not knowing when the horse is beaten to death and should be given a proper burial.
Canadian sludge/doom outfit Seer recently released a new single from their forthcoming album, Vol. III & IV: Cult of the Void, via their official Bandcamp page. The track in question is titled “Acid Sweat” and features four minutes of thunderous low-end, bashing grooves and some very catchy, and crushing, stoner-meets-doom vibes. Check out the track after the break.
Vol. III & IV: Cult of the Void will be released on July 7.
The band’s previous single, “The Used Dark Forces”, was featured in our new sludge/doom compilation Summer of Sludge Volume One and can be found here.
So full disclosure before I start this thing; Trevor (drums) and Scott (Vocals) are friends of mine. I obviously checked this band out because they are in it. Now, under no circumstances would that stop me from shitting on this if it were garbage. Luckily for them, it’s not. Philadelphia area band getXwell play an interesting, mathy brand of hardcore that’s not only good, but it may be one of the more unique sounds I’ve heard emerge out of hardcore in some time.
A band known to many. A band singular in vision and unity. A band willing to expand and ebb and flow and mix genres. A band that helps others express themselves artistically through their record label Neurot. A band whose individuals members have the same vision, integrity, and strength as the whole does. ( They have a fucking back patch that says “strength and vision” for fuck’s sake).
Steve Von Till, like the band he is part of, needs no introduction, but I’ll give a little one: he is the co-guitarist and co-vocalist of the band mentioned above, and like every other member of the band, he has side project(s) that are his vision of music, catharsis, and expression. Harvestman is the side that loves drone, ambiance, psychedelia and folk, as shown, once again, on the new album “Music for Megaliths.”