I wish I had gotten into Drowningman sooner than I did. It wasn’t until well after I started American Aftermath in 2010 that I got the band brought to my attention. I quickly found myself listening to the band nonstop, but the album that I found myself infatuated with was one that I wouldn’t physically own until years later. Now, while I loved the band so much, I had fallen out of touch with them over the years and it wasn’t until a few months ago when I received a grab bag of albums from Hydra Head Records that I got Busy Signal At The Suicide Hotline back in my head and in my hands. What a hell of a debut album this was… Continue Reading
Geneva Switzerland’s Knut (pronounced CA-NOOT, the Russian word for “whip”, thanks Wikipedia) were one of those bands that I always loved, but for a long time whenever I brought them up, no one else seemed to know who they were. I chalked this up to a couple of factors: first, that my taste in obscure, elite underground bands was/is really impeccable and second, that Knut is from Europe and American hardcore/metal kids don’t pay attention to European bands. Its mostly the first reason though. Continue Reading
“Love is a disgusting thing.” This line, repeated over and over again throughout “Hyperventilationsystem,” is one of the most affecting moments on a record for me. And it’s not just the words – as callous as they might be (and truer than I care to admit) – but also the way vocalist Alexis Marshall unravels as he sings/howls them each time, combined with the piercing guitars hysterically spazzing out beneath, that give the sentiment even more of a soul-crushing impact. It embraces that anxiety-ridden feeling that’s at the center of any good mathcore, which extends beyond this track and throughout the entire 23 spellbinding minutes of Hell Songs – the 2006 album from Providence, Rhode Island’s Daughters.
American Nervoso is Botch’s oft-overlooked, nearly always underrated first proper record. It appeared via seminal avant-hardcore label Hydra Head Records in 1998, and since about a year later, when the band released their best known album We Are the Romans, American Nervoso has dwelled in its shadow, like the ugly friend from Bette Midler’s Wind Beneath My Wings. Continue Reading