There have been quite a few changes for Toronto, ON’s Holy Grinder since our last interview a year ago. Following several member shifts, the noisegrind band now features a revamped line-up, including two bassists and new vocalist Ashley, which brings a newfound energy to Holy Grinder. The result is a more dynamic and intense approach to their raw, visceral sound, as well as an even more chaotic live performance.
In the spirit of change, Holy Grinder decided to remake one of their first songs from their debut record, Eradicate All Scum. Dubbed “Flesh Prison II,” the track has been re-recorded with the new line-up at Topon Das’ (Fuck the Facts) Apartment 2 studio in Ottawa, ON, and is the first taste of their upcoming release, which will follow up 2018’s Cult of Extermination.
“Flesh Prison II” is available to stream for the first time right here on Svbterranean, and members Ei TC and Ashley also took the time to discuss Holy Grinder’s new outlook. They also talk about the impact of the new members on the band and their sound, as well as the shift to more personal lyrical themes, among other topics. Check out Holy Grinder’s “Flesh Prison II” and our interview with Ei and Ashley after the break. Continue Reading
Italian duo The Turin Horse craft an unrelentingly violent brand of noise rock that forgoes the typical Amphetamine Reptile formula in favor of sludgy insanity. On their debut, self-titled EP, the band weave sludgy grooves with angular chaos and face-melting power electronics into a unique, battering mix. Fans of Sofy Major and KEN mode, take note.
We recently caught up with guitarist/vocalist Enrico Tauraso to discuss the new EP, the noise rock genre, and more.
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Discordant, dissonant, and filled to the brim with sonic twists and turns, Femur’s brand of unorthodox noise will appease fans of hardcore’s more chaotic side. On Red Marks, the full-length debut from the Thunder Bay, Ontario trio, the band craft over 40 minutes of unhinged aural violence that merges mathcore and sludge into a caustic mix. Fans of early Gaza, Coalesce, and the like will want to pay attention.
In this interview with Svbterranean, Femur discuss the album in question, the origins of the project, their writing process, and more.
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
Armed with intricate guitar work, impeccable sense of groove, and a pervasive dark tone, Knaaves’ unique blend of metallic hardcore is punishing and memorable all at once. This is made evident on the Milwaukee-based band’s debut release, January; a two-song single that is equally atonal and melodic, crushing and catchy. If the solid songwriting and potent lyrics on this record are any indication of where the band will go, it would be safe to say that Knaaves will be soon be a name on the tip of every punk’s tongue.
In this recent interview, Svbterranean caught up with frontman Andy Parmann to discuss the evolution of the band, the new EP, and combating misogyny.
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Toronto, ON’s Holy Grinder have been keeping busy over the past year or so, releasing splits with the likes of Capsized, Insufferable and Sete Star Sept, as well as their debut album, Eradicate All Scum. Now, the trio (featuring members of Mad Trapper, War Balm, and the Blind Surgeons Operation) are offering up their sophomore record, pleasantly dubbed Cult of Extermination. The album (out tomorrow, March 2) was masterfully recorded with Fuck the Facts’ Topon Das at his Apartment 2 studio and sees the noise-grinders taking their raw sound to new levels of crushing intensity.
In this recent interview with Svbterranean, bassist/vocalist Ei Cee discusses Cult of Extermination and what it was like working with Das. They also talk about the origins of Holy Grinder and the band’s ever-evolving sound, as well as identifying the band as queer and the lack of support for trans issues in metal and hardcore communities. Check it out! Continue Reading
Weaving together elements of doom, drone, noise and sounds most unsettling, Gnaw create a unique sonic atmosphere that is soul-crushing and psychologically demanding. It would seem each of their releases gets more intense and outre than the last, with their third full-length effort, Cutting Pieces, sitting at the apex of this constant evolution. This 40-minute exercise in aural terror, which is now available through Translation Loss, is perfect for metalheads with masochistic tendencies.
Svbterranean recently caught up with three-fifths of the noise unit to discuss the new record, songwriting and more.
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Originally from Kathmandu, Nepal, the currently NYC-based “immigrindcore” act Chepang are set to release their debut LP, titled Dadhelo – A Tale of Wildfire, on November 3. The album is the follow-up to their 2016 EP, Lathi Charge, and is a natural progression of their vicious, politically-charged grindcore/punk sound. The band build on the intensity of their dual vocal attack and take their approach to an even more extreme level, with the introduction of a second drummer.
Dadhelo – A Tale of Wildfire also incorporates more groove elements into their technically proficient style, which adds yet another layer to their chaotic crust- and powerviolence-infused grind. In this recent interview with Svbterranean, vocalist Sanket Lama discusses how Chepang came to be, the new release and how it compares to Lathi Charge. He also talks about the Nepali-based lyrical themes featured on Dadhelo – A Tale of Wildfire, how the cover art ties in with those themes and more.
Hey there, my name is Marc and I play in a band called Greber and do some other solo shit that I call Cancelled. Making music is something that I have loved to do since I was young and still love to this day. Taking an idea, tweaking it with others and seeing it grow is a short rivaled feeling for me.
For a few years now I have been asking some song and riff writers I admire how they go from having a rough idea to finishing a song. I would ask about their general process, creative influences and basically what worked for them and why. More recently I figured it would be fun to record these Q&A sessions and put them up for others to listen to…so here they are. I’m not an expert by and means but I hope that by being a fly on the wall for these you can steal a few ideas and get more stoked on writing shit.
We’ll be releasing one a month on the main site, which will soon be available on iTunes as well.
The first one I did was with the guitarist of Converge, Kurt Ballou. He had a ton of great stuff to say about how the Converge writing process goes, how he got into writing and things he finds help them not over-edit their work. Bon Listening.
Syracuse, NY eccentric punk-grind trio Dialysis are soon set to release their debut LP, titled Pretty Men, through the band’s own Ryan Canavan’s label Hex Records (Bleak, Ed Gein, Godstopper, etc.). Following two seven-inch releases and a split with Bleak, the new album comprises 20 powerful and dynamic tracks that feature elements of noise and thrash. Various samples are also included in their quirky punk- and hardcore-filled grindcore approach, which Dialysis have now expanded with the introduction of saxophone on this record.
Pretty Men also incorporates humour into their unorthodox sound, with bizarre and colourful artwork by Ryan Besch, as well as tongue-in-cheek lyrics that bring a light-hearted aspect to the album while tackling some serious subject matter. In this recent interview with Svbterranean, Canavan (vocals, saxophone) discusses Pretty Men, how the release compares to their previous material and the decision to bring saxophone into the mix. He also talks about Dialysis’ diverse sound and the album’s lyrical themes, as well as the Syracuse music scene and much more.