HAAN is a blistering 4 piece noise rock band from NYC, operating in the spirit of all that description implies. In the grand, grimy tradition of their forebears like Helmet and Unsane, HAAN will hit you in the gut and leave you lying breathless in the street. Their particular fusion of post punk/hardcore and hard rock is muscular and undulating, not leaving anything to the imagination as they strip all of the filth and stress and rage off of daily life and hold it up in front of your face. This is exactly what the band accomplishes on their new offering By the Grace of Blood and Guts, out 8/10/18 on Aqualamb Records. Continue Reading
Long Island, NY death metal band Afterbirth (featuring members of Helmet, Artificial Brain and Buckshot Facelift) have announced the release of their debut full-length, titled The Time Traveler’s Dilemma. The album is set for release this summer via Unique Leader and the track “Maggots In Her Smile” is available for your listening pleasure now, featuring fast and complex guitar work, intense blasts and gurgling gutturals. Check it out after the break.
For well over two decades, Helmet‘s music has gone through several stages of evolution, however subtle they may be. The band’s unrivaled abrasiveness paved the way for noise rock with the albums Strap It On and In the Meantime, while the band opted for more groove and hooks with Betty and Aftertaste, inadvertently helping bring alternative metal into light. Post-breakup albums Size Matters and Monochrome showcased crisper production and more hard-hitting, mechanical riffage than heard previously.