Syracuse, NY crossover grind band Fed Ash (featuring former members of Bleak, Trash Burner and Soured Ground) have unleashed their debut release, titled Grief As A Prison, today (August 8) and are offering up a stream of the entire effort. The album is comprised of eight tracks of abrasive grindcore, showcasing Fed Ash‘s penchant for harsh, destructive dissonance and suffocatingly dismal tones. It’s overwhelmingly aggressive, raw and visceral while exuding hardcore, powerviolence, black metal and sludge influences. Check it out after the break.
Pennsylvania-based sludge/grind trio Secret Cutter (ex-Oktober Skyline) unleashed their acclaimed, super heavy self-titled effort over four years ago. Now, the impossibly intense band is set to release their crushing sophomore LP, titled Quantum Eraser, this Friday (July 6). The new release not only maintains their abrasive and begrudging tone, along with compelling and unpredictable songwriting, but it’s also tighter, more focused and somehow even heavier than their previous offering.
In this recent interview with Svbterranean, vocalist Ekim, drummer Jared Stimpfl and guitarist Evan Morey discuss the origins of Secret Cutter and the making of Quantum Eraser. They also talk about combining the visceral aggression of grind with the harsh density of sludge (why is “grudge” not a thing yet!?), how they manage to achieve their massive sound as just a three-piece, as well as their approach to unique songwriting and more. Check it out! Continue Reading
Following two collaborations, two solo full lengths and a plethora of EPs, splits and singles, Trumpeting Ecstasy sees harsh grind death pioneers Full Of Hell entering a new era in sound. Following in the direction of the band’s Amber Mote… EP and their subsequently released split with Nails, Full Of Hell’s latest effort again leans towards the band’s death metal roots, inching farther from yet still retaining the group’s core musical identity. Imbued with higher registers of sound, greater emphases on technicality and death metal atmospherics, Trumpeting Ecstasy is a progressive, exultant exercise in sound. It pummels with a forward driving, almost-upbeat swagger with a surprising sense of form and accessibility that speaks to the instrumental mastery, sub-genre knowledge and cohesion of the band as a unit. Continue Reading
Singapore grind act Wormrot are making a return, grinding our faces off the only way they know how. I’m beyond excited for this release and I can’t wait to hear all 20 songs in 17 minutes worth of grind. The new album, Voices, will be released through Earache Records on October 14th 2016. Listen to the track after the jump!
Grounded in hardcore punk and merged with metal, powerviolence and grindcore, the 2007-born Nails exist to brutalize listeners on a single frequency: all hard, all heavy, all the time. With a complete lack of pretense and a singular primitive vision, Nails deal solely in scalding aggression, intentionally melding only the most vicious elements of each extreme music genre into a lean, pummeling concoction all their own. The result? An aural poisonous kool-aid unique in tone, composition and attack that has been consumed and hailed by extreme music fans and metal legends the world over. This June will bring forth You Will Never Be One Of Us, the third full length installment and Nuclear Blast Records debut from the group. I recently had the chance to chat with frontman Todd Jones about the new album, genre and identity, his career in hardcore, Slayer and more. Check it all out below. You Will Never Be One Of Us arrives on CD, cassette, vinyl and digital download this June 17th via Nuclear Blast Records. Continue Reading
Chicago hardcore unit Weekend Nachos have released “Writhe”, the first single off of their swansong record Apology, due for release on CD and digital formats on May 20th via Relapse Records. Recorded again by the band’s very own Andy Nelson at Bricktop Studios, Apology will close out the band’s decade long presence with a triumphant thirteen tracks of self-described “utter punishment… sounding more dangerous and urgent than ever before”.
Vocalist John Hoffman said this about the album,
“Honestly, it’s a really really good record. I was nervous the whole time we were writing it, because it was like ‘This is it…this is our swansong. I hope we aren’t scraping the bottom of the barrel here.’ Truth is, we did scrape the bottom of the barrel, and it was the very last of the great material we’re capable of.”
Stream “Writhe” below courtesy of Metalsucks and pre-order Apology on CD here and digital formats here. A separate tape release for Apology will emerge concurrently in May via Toxicbreed’s Funhouse and a vinyl release will come via Deep Six Records at a later date. Be sure to catch Weekend Nachos on their last tour dates with peers Primitive Man, Wormrot and The Afternoon Gentlemen, dates and details below. Continue Reading
Full Of Hell are a band consistently in-between. They’ve gone from playing the mainstream hardcore circuit at the legendary This Is Hardcore Fest to sharing the collaborative stage with renown Japanese noise artist Merzbow to supporting the stoner doom Weedeater and most recently, doing the same for black metal titans 1349. Throughout this touring turbulence, the band have cultivated a consistent yet ever evolving brand of self-described “harsh grinding death”, a strange melting pot of death metal, grindcore, hardcore, harsh noise, power electronics, sludge and beyond. The band’s latest venture pits them in a collaborative entanglement entitled One Day You Will Ache Like I Ache with their similarly minded, prolific Portland, Oregon based allies in the body. I recently had the opportunity to interview vocalist Dylan Walker about his musical background, Full Of Hell’s growth, the band’s upcoming collaboration with the body, fried chicken establishments, memes and more. Additionally, I was able to ask about the writing, origin and lyrics of select songs spanning the entirety of Full Of Hell’s catalog. Check it out below. One Day You Will Ache Like I Ache arrives digitally and on CD March 25th via Neurot Recordings and will be self-released on vinyl shortly after. Continue Reading
Full disclosure: I am not a typical grindcore fan. In fact, I don’t really consider myself much of a fan at all, outside of a couple Napalm Death records, Nasum, Pig Destroyer and a handful of other less popular releases spanning the last 20 years. However, one band that has always kept me coming back for more is the criminally underappreciated Swedish grind unit Gadget. Continue Reading