Ahh 2005, you were such a seminal year in my life of music. My supposed senior year in college (I ended up taking another semester and a winter semester to get a dual major, and another semester of required undergrad to take and receive my masters) and it is also the year I expanded my music. You see, there were these things called record stores ( a store that sold music, in various formats such as cassettes and CD’s) and I was looking about when I noticed a CD. It was black…very black with picture of a goat-man, gray in color and stark, cold, bleak. I had to see who and what it was.
Dayton, OH experimental post-metal band Close the Hatch have announced the release of their upcoming six-track EP, titled VI, this September. The follow-up to their 2016 Death & Resistance EP is set to progress the band’s sound to the next level, with sludgier rhythms and more ambient tones incorporated into their intensely heavy, doom-laden style.
In anticipation of the new release, Close the Hatch are offering up an exclusive taste of the EP right here on Svbterranean, with a video for the track “II.” The song comprises nearly five minutes of abrasive riffs, combined with dark, droning dissonance and harsh vocals, while the accompanying video was filmed/directed by Josh Gwin and features the band jamming out in a warehouse space. Check it out after the break, along with the artwork and track listing for VI.
If you grew up with your teenage years filtered through the horridness of the early 2000s deathcore genre, you’ve probably ended up watching or being shown a hypothetical YouTube video entitled “HARDEST DEATHCORE BREAKDOWNS OF 2008”. This hypothetical video was most likely a cacophony of monotonously rhythmic, one-note chug sections, driven out of a slew of now-dead bands that existed as a physical manifestation of that one-note monotony. Like Rats is a band that’s sort of like that video, except that their hypothetical video is entitled “HARDEST RIFFS OF 80s/90s EXTREME METAL” and it’s a chopped and screwed mash-up rather than a straight compilation. And by that charge, Like Rats do not fall into the same pit of ruin. Their one-note monotony is replaced by personal vision and ambitions and is backed by adherence to the freshness, innovation and drive of a time where a Morbid Angel did not sound like a Gorguts did not sound like an Immolation and on and on. Continue Reading
Chicago outfit Like Rats (Weekend Nachos) have premiered their upcoming full-length, II, at Noisey. The album will officially be released on March 25 via Southern Lord and can be picked up at this location. II features eight blistering tracks of hardcore-tinged death metal that will beat listeners senselessly. Fans of Black Breath, Entombed in the like should take note of this record. Check it out here.
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Chicago’s Like Rats (Weekend Nachos, etc) have premiered a new track from their upcoming album, II, at CVLT Nation. The new track is titled “Gates” and it delivers a crushing, mid-paced death metal march full of muscular grooves. Its devastating, stomping riffs provide the perfect sonic beating to start the day. Check out the hellacious new jam now.
II will be released on March 25 via Southern Lord. Pre-order here.
Brooklyn grinders Magrudergrind have released the official video for their new track “Sacrificial Hire”, which will appear on the group’s upcoming album II. The bombastic new track is set to grainy footage depicting the manufacture of weapons and religious sermons. Obviously, it’s very fitting. Check out the clip after the break.
II will be released on February 12 via Relapse Records.