In the past decade, Thou has become a household name in the heavy music scene. Arguably Baton Rouge, Louisiana’s best artistic export, the band has churned out an unrelenting stream of releases year after year, with 2018 possibly proving to be their most prolific yet. Of the four (yeah…4) records issued by them in the space of the last few months, their upcoming full length Magus, which sees the light of day via Sacred Bones Records on 8/31, is the one most representative of the totality of the band’s oeuvre up to this point. This new offering feels as though it follows in the footsteps of their 2014 LP Heathen, but does not tread precisely the same ground. Continue Reading
Scavengers is an upstate NY crust/hardcore band conceived in early 2016 by current and ex members of First Blood, Recon, Hell Mary, You and I, NY in 64, Lariat and Forgery. As you may have gathered from this (only partial) pedigree, these dudes are not only busy on the music front, but also may have been around the block a time or two. It turns out that is a crucial ingredient in churning out a fully competent and thoroughly blistering 20 minutes of crust laden hardcore, which they have in the form of their debut LP Progress to Oblivion. Continue Reading
Philly/NJ’s newest doom titans Cowardice are something of a local supergroup, comprised of members of Black Urn, Sunrot, Thera Roya, Null&Void, Inertia, Sentient Horror, and Worthless. Respectively the other bands these guys are involved in cover a wide spectrum from post-metal to death metal to sludge, grind, and beyond. Cowardice though, sits solidly in the bracket of crusty-as-fuck, sludgy doom. If you like your heavy music to come at you by way of bands like Thou and Graves at Sea, then their debut release Without Condolence is solidly up your alley.