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.
New York metallic hardcore/chaotic metalcore outfit Bleak made quite an impression on extreme music fans with their 2015 debut, We Deserve Our Failures. Their multitude of previous splits and EPs wouldn’t prepare listeners for the dismal and nauseatingly complex gutter bombing they would behold on that half-hour of madness. Bleak stayed true to their namesake by offering dark songs filled to the brim with hopelessness, magnified by unorthodox instrumentation that verged on abstraction, while staying firmly rooted in hardcore and metalcore. Needless to say, it was a grim and gruesome feat. Now, not even a full year later, the Syracuse outfit returns with their second full-length offering. The aptly titled No Light, No Tunnel sees the band returning to the blackened sonic abyss once more with 10 new tracks of blistering, flesh-ripping heaviness.
Syracuse, NY’s Bleak are set to release their new album, No Light, No Tunnel, this summer and are offering up a taste with a stream of the first single, “Teeth.” Following several releases over the past year alone, No Light, No Tunnel marks the band’s second full-length and sees Bleak delving into more chaotic territories. The band still maintains their dark and overtly harsh, sludge-filled aggression while incorporating even more distressing visceral intensity, as displayed on the exceptionally frantic and angular “Teeth.” Continue Reading