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.
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New Brunswick innovative noise/grind/sludge trio Anthesis are about to release their latest effort, dubbed The Age of Self, on June 9. The new record follows several EPs, as well as splits with the likes of The Great Sabatini and Greber, but is the band’s first full-length in seven years, since 2010’s Surface and the Sky. Recorded, mixed and mastered throughout 2016 by guitarist/vocalist Scott Miller, The Age of Self encompasses the band’s most focused and powerful material to date.
The 11-track album combines elements of ferocious grind, harsh noise rock and doom-ridden sludge into a cohesive sound, layered with dissonant tones and a remarkably bleak atmosphere. In this recent interview with Svbterranean, Miller took the time to discuss The Age of Self, the reasons behind the long gap between the two full-lengths and the writing and recording process for the new album. He also talks about Anthesis’ unique sound and how they’ve progressed over the years, as well as the DIY methods behind recording/releasing music, his solo endeavour Clouds Become Oceans and much more.
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Since the early 2000s, London, ON musician Mercedes Lander has been known as the drummer of Canadian female metal band Kittie. In more recent years, she’s also been drumming in psychedelic rock band the Alcohollys, as well as on tour for Jennie Vee. Now, she’s set her focus on The White Swan, which sees Lander stepping out from behind the drum kit and into the front-woman role. Musically, the new band is also a departure from Lander’s previous work, as The White Swan perform a sludgy, synth-rock-tinged style of crushing doom. As well as playing shows consistently, the band are set to release their new three-song EP, titled The White, on June 9 which follows their late-2016 debut, Anubis.
The White carries on where Anubis left off, featuring fuzzy guitars and heavy captivating riffs, along with dreamy synths and Lander’s stunning, soaring vocals. In this recent interview with Svbterranean, Lander took the time to discuss how The White Swan came to be and the writing and recording process for their new EP. She also talks about what it’s like to be stepping out of her comfort zone, offers some insight into her lyrical approach and more.
Syracuse, NY’s Blood Sun Circle (featuring brothers Bobby, Ryan and Brad Gorham, previously of Engineer) have just released their highly-anticipated sophomore LP, titled Distorted Forms. The album picks up where they left off with 2014’s stellar Bloodiest/Sunniest, yet takes their dark and intense noise rock sound to a new, even heavier level (if you didn’t think that was possible, well, it is). Distorted Forms is comprised of 11 thoughtfully formulated tracks that combine harsh, gritty rhythms with beautiful, soaring melodies, and layered with extremely dynamic, powerful vocals.
In this recent interview with Svbterranean, Gorham brothers Ryan and Bobby, as well as drummer Aaron O’Hara, took the time to discuss Distorted Forms. They talk about the writing and recording process, lyrical approach and how Blood Sun Circle compares to Engineer (still searching for those bongos though!). They also touch on what it’s like to work together at Gorham Brothers Music (it can’t be that bad, guys), as well as their latest endeavor Drops of Us, and more.
Following their 2006 split with Mouth of the Architect, Dayton, OH instrumental doom/post-rock outfit Kenoma are set to release their debut full-length, The Tides Will Prevail, next week (April 28) through Translation Loss. The album, which has been 11 long years in the making, features five tracks comprising 50 minutes of gorgeous soundscapes that have been well-worth the wait. From the crushing riffs and sludgy tones to the progressive structures and ethereal atmospheres, The Tides Will Prevail is absolutely stunning.
In this recent interview with Svbterranean, bassist Doug McGinnis discusses the new record and the many member changes, which is the main reason behind the 11-year gap between releases. He also talks about how Kenoma have evolved over the years and the thematic approach behind The Tides Will Prevail, as well as the importance of song titles for the instrumental band, and more.
For a while now Cambridge, ON’s Marc Bourgon has been known as the incredibly nice (how stereotypically Canadian, eh?), really tall and super talented bassist of Greber and Fuck the Facts. But for the past few years, he’s also been working on an experimental solo project, dubbed Cancelled. Following 2013’s Threshold Adjustment, Bourgon now presents his new offering, titled Tenebrific, which will be released independently on March 3rd. The EP, which was mixed by none other than Kurt Ballou and mastered by Ryan Butler, features three tracks encompassing elements of industrial, doom and drone into an unconventional, diverse sound that is subtle and airy, yet also harsh and aggressive.
Bourgon recently took the time for an interview with Svbterranean to discuss what it’s like doing a solo project, how it all started and why he chose the name Cancelled. He also talks about the writing and recording process for Tenebrific and the meaning behind the title, as well as Cancelled’s ambiguous sound, how the project differs from his other bands and much more.
The levels of darkness in extreme metal often varies with different bands – from the slightly gloomy and the melancholically bleak to the overwhelmingly miserable and terrifyingly grim. Michigan’s Sunlight’s Bane (formerly Traitor) definitely fall into the latter end of the disheartened spectrum. Their aptly-titled debut full-length, The Blackest Volume: Like All the Earth Was Buried, features 11 heavy and abrasive tracks, combining elements of black metal, grind, hardcore and crust, among others, into a diverse sound that exudes furious anguish and utter despondency.
Just before the release of TBVLATEWB, which is out this Friday (February 17), vocalist Nick Holland took some time for an interview with Svbterranean. He discusses how Sunlight’s Bane came to be, changing their name from Traitor and how they’ve progressed since then. Holland also talks about the long writing process of TBVLATEWB and some of the unconventional recording practices, as well as the band’s unique sound, what draws them to these especially dark realms, lyrical inspiration and more.