Blast Beats is a weekly column in which extreme music artists discuss their favorite hip-hop records.
In this week’s Blast Beats, End It guitarist Ray Lee and Outsider vocalist Joe Kincaid stop by to list some of their favorite hip-hop releases and artists. Picks include classics from Project Pat and Jay-Z, as well as nods to contemporary acts such as Rae Sremmurd. Check it out below. Continue Reading
On May 18, instrumental trio Thought Eater will unveil their debut full-length recording, Bones in the Fire, via Grimoire Records. Following their 2016 split with Iron Jawed Guru, Bones in the Fire sees the Baltimore act expanding upon their crushing, off-kilter sludge sound. Full of atypical structures, jarring rhythmic shifts, seismic drumming, and a nonstop duel for dominance between guitar and 12-stringed bass, Bones in the Fire is heavy as hell, plain and simple. Fans of Keelhaul, Loincloth and early Mastodon will want to take note.
In anticipation for its release, we at Svbterranean are excited to bring you the debut single from the album. Titled “Bones in the Fire (part 2)”, this six-minute leviathan is filled to the brim with city-leveling, angular doom grooves and kaleidoscopic psychedelia. Continue reading to get trampled by Thought Eater. Continue Reading
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Brazilian avant-punks Deafkids
are a band that sound like no other. Although rooted in punk, the band’s sound transcends genre conventions and takes sonic risks most musical acts wouldn’t take. Gritty, noisy guitars are met with elements of drone, harsh noise and psychedelia to create cacophonous walls of sound, with some semblance of a hardcore song throbbing underneath. Electronic meddling, polyrhythmic freakouts, and a myriad of other atypical musical techniques and instrumentation also play a role in the band’s strange, singular sound. Deafkids
provide a complete sensory overload, plain and simple.
In May 2016, Deafkids released their jarring full-length, Configuração do Lamento, which was re-released on Neurot Recordings the following year after label head and Neurosis guitarist Steve Von Till was blown away by it. To keep the Hype Train moving, we at Svbterranean reached out to the band do discuss the background of each track on this unique record. Continue reading to see what they had to say. Continue Reading
This Friday, April 13, Portland death dealers Coffin Rot will unleash their debut, self-titled demo via Rotted Life Records. Armed with disemboweling guitars and a general sense of malevolence, these four tracks embody the best of 90s death metal in all of its blood-soaked, depraved glory. Fans of early Cannibal Corpse, Autopsy, and similar acts should take note.
In preparation for its release, we at Svbterranean are excited to bring an exclusive full stream of the upcoming demo. Those looking to get battered and shredded to bits will want to check out the release after the break. Continue Reading
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Next Friday, April 20, Finnish death dealers Ghastly
will release their sophomore full-length album, Death Velour
, via 20 Buck Spin. Armed with hellspawned riffs and dissonant, serpentine melodies. Death Velour
delivers 38 minutes of high octane death metal goodness. Fans of Tribulation
, and others of similar ilk will no doubt fawn over this blistering release.
In anticipation of its release date, we at Svbterranean are pleased to present an exclusive stream of the album’s third track, “Whispers Through the Aether”. We also reached out to guitarist/bassist/drummer/vocalist Ian J. D’Waters who agreed to discuss the lyrical themes behind each track on Death Velour. Check out the track and album breakdown after the break. Continue Reading
Earlier this year, Richmond, Virginia hardcore quartet Outsider released their debut demo tape via Flatspot Records. Featuring current and former members of Cold Touch, Upperhand, and others, Outsider is yet another band effectively modernizing a classic hardcore sound. Full of galloping rhythms, adrenaline pumping guitar riffs, and raw aggression, Outsider’s 2018 demo is a hard-hitting release that will serve as a precursor for what is to come.
We recently caught up with vocalist Joe Kincaid who agreed to discuss the meanings behind each of the release’s four tracks. Dive back into the riff-happy world of Demo 2018 and check out what Kincaid had to say after the break. Continue Reading
Back in August of 2017, Baltimore hardcore outfit End It released their raging self-titled EP via Flatspot Records. Taking influence from the 90s east coast hardcore sound, while adding their own little spin on things, End It deliver five tracks of vitriolic aggression and thrashing riffs that are sure to inspire the most mild-mannered of persons to jump into the pit.
We recently reached out to guitarist Ray Lee to discuss the EP track by track. Whether you are peeping the record for the first time, or in need of revisiting it for a good punch in the throat, check out the EP and what Lee had to say about it after the break. Continue Reading
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Bay Area multi-instrumentalist Leila Abdul-Rauf (Vastum, Hammers of Misfortune, et al) is poised to release her third full-length album, Diminution, in just a matter of days. Out Friday, April 13, Diminution is a haunting opus in which layers of ethereal instrumentation craft a dense, otherworldly listening experience. Utilizing droning soundscapes, minimal piano, and her own voice, Abdul-Rauf‘s spacious, textural music sits at the crossroads between beauty and melancholia.
In anticipation of its release, we reached out to Abdul-Rauf to give us the rundown of the upcoming effort. Check out a special track-by-track breakdown of Diminution after the break. Continue Reading
Back in February, the ever prolific sound experimenter Gridfailure released his most haunting and dismal recording to date, Irritum. Crafted solely by creator David Brenner, Irritum is comprised of 13 tracks that sound like they were culled from the most disturbing nightmares imaginable. Fans of Nurse With Wound, Scott Walker and various anxieties will want to take note.
To better understand Irritum‘s creation and the inner workings of this madman, we reached out to Brenner who agreed to give us a rundown of the album piece by piece. Check it out after the break. Continue Reading
Southern California hardcore outfit Take Offense are poised to release their new EP, Tensions on High, in just a matter of days. Following their 2013 full-length, United States of Mind, Tensions on High comes stampeding in with five new tracks of thrashing, stage dive inducing hardcore. Drawing influence from both the 80s scene and contemporary hardcore, Take Offense provide a blistering good time. Continue Reading