As with every other music blog or publication, we at Svbterranean are obligated to give you our silly opinions on what were the top albums of the year. I could list every single release I enjoyed this year, but I am limited on patience and writing ability. So, I was able to narrow it down to a modest 30. These are records that, not limited to just metal and hardcore either, that stuck with me long after the initial listen. Feel free to peruse the list below and tell me how my opinion is bullshit, because I will probably agree with you.
Those who have been following Plebeian Grandstand through the years will not be totally surprised by the direction they take on their third full-length offering, False Highs, True Lows. The French racket makers started out life as a furious, chaotic hardcore outfit with dissonant mathcore tendencies. But there was a darker edge to their sound that set them apart from other hardcore, mathcore, what have you bands in their category. This darker side, which shared similarities with modern black metal, would be explored further as they progressed. By the time 2014’s Lowgazers was unveiled to the world, Plebeian Grandstand had assimilated atonal, writhing, apocalyptic black metal nuances à la Deathspell Omega into their technical hardcore sound. They had been gradually leading up to the sound presented on Lowgazers since their 2010 debut, How Hate is Hard to Define. So, as previously stated, fans won’t be surprised that the band plummet further into the technical black metal abyss on their newest record. False Highs, True Lows is the most logical and natural step forward for this band and it delivers some of their most well-constructed, atmospheric and downright evil sounding material to date.
French terrorizers Plebeian Grandstand have premiered the official video for their track “Eros Culture” over at Metal Injection. The vicious tune, which is taken from their group’s impending False Highs,True Lows LP, is set to an equally intense performance video shot by Level Up Film. Check out the video after the break.
False Highs, True Lows will be released on April 29 via Throatruiner Records.
French experimental black metallers Plebeian Grandstand have premiered their forthcoming album, False Highs, True Lows, at Metal Sucks. The record will officially be released on April 29 via Throatruiner Records, Basement Apes and Deathwish Inc. The album is also available for free digital download here. Fans of Deathspell Omega, Dodecahedron or just really dark and ugly music will not want to miss this album. Check it out after the break.
French experimental black metal outfit Plebeian Grandstand have premiered a new track from their upcoming album, False Highs, True Lows, at Stereogum. The new track is titled “Tributes and Oblivions” and it sounds downright evil. Malevolent, churning dissonant riffs and cataclysmic drumming collide head-on with menacing melodies and tortured vocals. It’s frighteningly heavy. Check out the track now.
False Highs, True Lows will be released on April 29 via Throatruiner Records and Basement Apes. Pre-order here. and here.