The day after Thanksgiving, the holiday we show thanks by being gluttonous swine and eating every single shred of meat and gravy, suckling at the bone and cartilage hoping to obtain maximum satisfaction, we are blessed with another massive serving of bone, gore and blood. This time the host is Cattle Decapitation and the meal is a 23 course engorging on unfamiliar and/or unheard Cattle Decapitation tracks that have been lost or were released elsewhere in the world. This album is a historical trip, as you will hear Cattle evolve through the years with their style of gore, grind and death. This is Medium Rarities, enjoy the meal. Continue Reading
Well, the kings of death metal have made return. Cannibal Corpse have unloaded their brutally heavy new album Red Before Black today and it’s really fucking good. I’ve loved all of Cannibal’s material to-date, but the title of this one threw me for a loop. I was worried, but no more. The album saw its release today and that means it’s time to stream! Check it out below. HEAVY. Continue Reading
Now, there are only a handful of albums that I have listened to consistently since high school. There has been a ton of music that has come and gone, but one that has always remained is As I Lay Dying’s Shadows Are Security. Now, I know that what Tim Lambesis has done outside of music is despicable and horrendous, but I look past it only in this one instance. There really aren’t any other music outputs from him that I care about at this point, but Shadows is a landmark album for metalcore. Continue Reading
When I saw Psyopus live for the first time, I had absolutely no idea what I was getting myself into. Someone told me they were a mathcore band from upstate New York, but I hadn’t taken the time to check them out before watching them open for Misery Index in 2007. They started playing the intro riff to Metallica‘s “Enter Sandman” (in jest, of course), before unleashing the fastest and most chaotic whirlwind of complex grinding noise. Somewhere between hearing those first discordant notes and picking my jaw up off the floor, I realized this wasn’t like anything I’d ever seen or heard before. I later learned that song was “Whore Meet Liar” from their second album, which had just been released that year, titled Our Puzzling Encounters Considered.
Florida death metal legends Six Feet Under have premiered their new track “Sacrificial Kill” for your listening pressure. The track is off of their forthcoming full-length album, Torment, and features all of the harsh, gore-soaked brutality you’d expect from the Chris Barnes-led band. Check it out after the break. Continue Reading
If there’s anything at all to be said about the California hardcore scene, it’s that it’s prolific. Thanks to the hard work and creativity therein, there’s a sea of great shows to go to almost every week and there’s a palette range of styles and solid bands for almost every taste in hardcore. Specific to the LA/OC based individuals responsible and affiliated with The Pit Studios and SOS Booking, there are bands that range from the fairly straightforwards (Rotting Out, Fury and Discrepancy) to the metal-infused (Nails, Xibalba, Take Offense, Soul Search, Downpresser) to the straight up weird (Twitching Tongues). As of recent, there’s the Troycore revival that Van Nuys’s God’s Hate brings. Conceived of by Twitching Tongues vocalist Colin Young, God’s Hate revives (with the touches of modern hardcore) the Troy, New York hardcore style championed by groups such as Dying Breed, Section 8 and Stigmata in all its part-death metal, part-Pantera/Exhorder, part-NYHC, part-somethingfromeverywhere glory. With the 90s sXe vegan sound and “beatdown” surging to popularity, it’s honestly a real pleasure to see the Troy style brought into the contemporary. I was recently able to interview Colin on God’s Hate‘s debut album, Mass Murder, the band’s formation, Twitching Tongues, Mortiis, Wrestlemania, Dr. Pepper and more. Check it out below.