For whatever my opinion is worth (which probably isn’t much), I think this year has been quite an incredible one for heavy music. Some long-awaited returns, some exceptional grind, some progressive masterpieces, and some pretty substantial EPs, to say the least. Here are my top 20 picks for the best releases of 2016.
The infamous Agoraphobic Nosebleed have premiered their upcoming EP, Arc, at Noisey. The EP will officially be released this Friday, January 22, via Relapse Records. Pre-orders can still be placed here. The short, 25-minute release features three monolithic tracks of scathing sludge determined to ruin the days of those who listen to them. Check out the EP now.
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Other than some splits and a few Decibel flexi discs, it’s been a long while since Agoraphobic Nosebleed released any new material, their last album being 2009’s Agorapocalypse. Thankfully, the grindcore masters have returned, but the new three-song EP, Arc, is not what you’d expect from ANb. The release comprises 25 minutes of absolutely crushing sludge/doom that captures the band’s intensity in some immense, heavy riffs and dark, plodding grooves. Arc is the first in a series of four “solo” EPs that will represent the influences and tastes of each member, and this one belongs to vocalist Kat Katz, who was previously in doom band Salome. In this interview with Svbterranean, Kat and co-vocalist Richard Johnson discuss Arc, how personal this release is for Kat and writing the EP with guitarist/drum programmer Scott Hull, as well as performing their first show at last year’s Maryland Deathfest and more. Continue Reading
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Grind aficionados Agoraphobic Nosebleed have premiered a new track from their upcoming doom-laden EP, Arc, at Metal Sucks. Titled “Deathbed”, the new track unleashes suffocating heaviness across eight and a half minutes. The track begins with marching cataclysmic groove that eventually evolves into a galloping Sabbathian romp. In other words, it’s crushing. Check out the track after the break.
Arc will be released on January 22 via Relapse Records.
It would seem that Agoraphobic Nosebleed have been making a bit of a “comeback” recently. That’s not to say that the infamous Massachusetts grind collective ever went away, but their output has been rather scarce in recent years. The band’s last releases were 2009’s Agorapocalypse full-length, a handful of split releases in 2009, 2010 and 2011, and two special Decibel Magazine flexi disc releases that were unleashed in 2011 and 2012. A roughly four-year gap between ANb releases is unheard of, but the band teased fans that they were working on something pretty huge during their silence. In 2013 the band unveiled that they were planning on releasing four new EPs in which each EP would represent the tastes and influences of each member. Building upon the hype surrounding the releases, ANb played two festivals, Maryland Deathfest and Housecore Horror Festival, in 2015. The psychotic racket makers were climbing back into the grindcore spotlight and showed, and continue to show no sign of stopping. Which brings us to 2016 and the highly-anticipated first EP in the aforementioned of EPs, Arc.