I’m sitting there, sweat dripping off my nose, vision blurry, with no groove, no noise besides the unfiltered masses of people and their hideous voices, screeching like nails on a chalk board. Knuckles drag, mouth breathing loudly, lost in their own little self-indulgent world of narcissism, looking at themselves in the mirror when I realize that I have work to do eventually and need something to drown out the shitty ass Journey playing overhead (Trust me, “Lights” is fucking terrible and Steve Perry is god awful). Continue Reading
I used to not really like The Body. I never considered them a metal band, even though that was where they had more or less made their nest early on. I always perceived them as a noise band that got cool among the metal intelligentsia (read: terminally bored scene kids only semi-seriously projecting a love for the most obscure shit possible). I saw them as maybe a particularly dark, doomy, and experimental noise band, but still did not understand the hype. Continue Reading
Denver experimental noise project Many Blessings – the solo efforts of Ethan McCarthy of Primitive Man and Vermin Womb – has released a new EP via Bandcamp. The new effort, titled How Very Much I Loved You, features two new tracks of unsettling soundscapes that delight fans of Merzbow, Wolf Eyes of Nurse With Wound. Check out the release after the break.
Following two collaborations, two solo full lengths and a plethora of EPs, splits and singles, Trumpeting Ecstasy sees harsh grind death pioneers Full Of Hell entering a new era in sound. Following in the direction of the band’s Amber Mote… EP and their subsequently released split with Nails, Full Of Hell’s latest effort again leans towards the band’s death metal roots, inching farther from yet still retaining the group’s core musical identity. Imbued with higher registers of sound, greater emphases on technicality and death metal atmospherics, Trumpeting Ecstasy is a progressive, exultant exercise in sound. It pummels with a forward driving, almost-upbeat swagger with a surprising sense of form and accessibility that speaks to the instrumental mastery, sub-genre knowledge and cohesion of the band as a unit. Continue Reading
The Body and Full Of Hell have released “The Butcher”, the second single off of their upcoming collaboration record, One Day You Will Ache Like I Ache. The track itself is a doom-ish cover of the Leonard Cohen track of the same name, swapping acoustic folk guitar with minimal instrumentals, dueling vocals between Chip King and Dylan Walker and fluttering noise that mimics the blues progression of the original track. Stream the cover and read more about the origins of the track over at Metal Hammer here and pre-order One Day You Will Ache Like I Ache, out on CD March 25th via Neurot Recordings, here. Catch The Body and Full Of Hell supporting their upcoming record in Europe, dates and details below. Continue Reading
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Portland, OR noisy doom/sludge outfit the body have released “Hallow/Hollow”, the second single off of their upcoming pop-influenced album, No One Deserves Happiness. The track itself is a somber and paced venture that manages to packet the band’s signature artillery shell brashness with an eerie sereneness courtesy of a touch of orchestral trombone and the singing of Chrissy Wolpert of the Assembly of Light Choir. Stream “Hallow/Hollow” exclusively over at NPR here and pre-order the March 18th-expected No One Deserves Happiness over at Thrill Jockey Records here.
Full Of Hell are a band consistently in-between. They’ve gone from playing the mainstream hardcore circuit at the legendary This Is Hardcore Fest to sharing the collaborative stage with renown Japanese noise artist Merzbow to supporting the stoner doom Weedeater and most recently, doing the same for black metal titans 1349. Throughout this touring turbulence, the band have cultivated a consistent yet ever evolving brand of self-described “harsh grinding death”, a strange melting pot of death metal, grindcore, hardcore, harsh noise, power electronics, sludge and beyond. The band’s latest venture pits them in a collaborative entanglement entitled One Day You Will Ache Like I Ache with their similarly minded, prolific Portland, Oregon based allies in the body. I recently had the opportunity to interview vocalist Dylan Walker about his musical background, Full Of Hell’s growth, the band’s upcoming collaboration with the body, fried chicken establishments, memes and more. Additionally, I was able to ask about the writing, origin and lyrics of select songs spanning the entirety of Full Of Hell’s catalog. Check it out below. One Day You Will Ache Like I Ache arrives digitally and on CD March 25th via Neurot Recordings and will be self-released on vinyl shortly after. Continue Reading