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Bay Area melodic death metallers Light This City will release their first album in 10 years, Terminal Bloom, this Friday, May 25, via Creator-Destructor Records. Following 2008’s Stormchaser, Terminal Bloom sees a true return-to-form with its blistering complexity, hard-hitting riffs and endless earworm melodies. Longtime fans of the band will be more than pleased, while new fans will surely be converted.
In anticipation for its release, vocalist Laura Nichol and drummer Ben Murray stopped by to breakdown the album track-by-track. Murray speaks on the construction of the songs, while Nichol dissects the lyrical themes behind them. Check out what they had to say after the break and purchase the record here. Continue Reading
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Chicago chaos curators Nequient have officially unleashed their debut full-length album, Wolves at the Door, today via Nefarious Industries and Sassbologna Records. This experimental hardcore album melds elements of metalcore, grindcore, sludge, and practically every extreme music subgenre one can think of into a blistering and volatile amalgam. Fans of Graf Orlock, Converge and getting torn apart will not want to skip this one.
In celebration of its release, vocalist Jason Kolkey was kind enough to stop by and dissect the new record track-by-track. Check out what he had to say and stream the record after the break. Continue Reading
This Friday, May 4, Colorado sludge rockers Stone Deaf will unleash their sophomore full-length, Royal Burnout, digitally and on CD via the band’s own Coffin & Bolt label (vinyl to follow at a later date). Armed with muscular stoner grooves, fuzzed-out psychedelic vibes, and a tremendous low end, Royal Burnout is heavy rock at its catchiest and, well, heaviest. Fans of Kyuss and Corrosion of Conformity alike will want to pay attention.
In preparation for its release, Svbterranean is happy to bring an exclusive full stream of the record. Additionally, bassist and vocalist Cody Isaman agreed to give a track-by-track rundown of the entire album. Continue reading to check it all out. Continue Reading
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Sludge-ridden black metallers Wolvhammer are poised to release their fourth full-length album, The Monuments of Ash & Bone, in just a matter of days. Following 2014’s Clawing into Black Sun, The Monuments of Ash & Bone continues to refine the band’s eclectic blend of black, sludge, doom and death metal. Featuring an endless array of bludgeoning grooves and blistering riffs, this seven-track record will not disappoint longtime fans of the band, nor will it disappoint lovers of all things dark and gritty in general.
In anticipation for the album’s release, we got in touch with vocalist Adam Clemens who agreed to reveal the meanings behind each of the album’s seven tracks. Check it out below.
Back in October, Brett Netson’s (Built to Spill, etc) droning rock project Snakes and Canadian psych rockers Crosss released their sprawling split via Netson’s own Scavenger Cult. One part desert dwelling soundtrack and one part noisy bombardment, this rather lengthy split highlights the strengths of two very different acts and how they work together to create a rather cinematic experience.
We recently reached out Netson and Crosss guitarist/vocalist Andrew March to discuss the creation and lyrics of their respective sides of the split. Continue reading to get immersed in the album and check out what they had to say. Continue Reading
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Next Friday, April 20, Finnish death dealers Ghastly
will release their sophomore full-length album, Death Velour
, via 20 Buck Spin. Armed with hellspawned riffs and dissonant, serpentine melodies. Death Velour
delivers 38 minutes of high octane death metal goodness. Fans of Tribulation
, and others of similar ilk will no doubt fawn over this blistering release.
In anticipation of its release date, we at Svbterranean are pleased to present an exclusive stream of the album’s third track, “Whispers Through the Aether”. We also reached out to guitarist/bassist/drummer/vocalist Ian J. D’Waters who agreed to discuss the lyrical themes behind each track on Death Velour. Check out the track and album breakdown after the break. Continue Reading
Earlier this year, Richmond, Virginia hardcore quartet Outsider released their debut demo tape via Flatspot Records. Featuring current and former members of Cold Touch, Upperhand, and others, Outsider is yet another band effectively modernizing a classic hardcore sound. Full of galloping rhythms, adrenaline pumping guitar riffs, and raw aggression, Outsider’s 2018 demo is a hard-hitting release that will serve as a precursor for what is to come.
We recently caught up with vocalist Joe Kincaid who agreed to discuss the meanings behind each of the release’s four tracks. Dive back into the riff-happy world of Demo 2018 and check out what Kincaid had to say after the break. Continue Reading
In February, Swedish hardcore outfit Broken Cross unleashed its sophomore full-length, Militant Misanthrope, via Apocalyptic Visions, Judas Chair Collective and Psychic Rebellion. The brainchild of one-man riff machine Niklas Holm, Broken Cross‘ apocalyptic vision of hardcore melds together elements of crossover thrash and metallic hardcore, resulting in songs both of a deadly and catchy nature. On Militant Misanthrope, Holm really refines Broken Cross‘ sound and delivers nine tracks of hard-hitting metallic goodness.
We at Svbterranean recently reached out to Holm, who agreed to briefly discuss the lyrical themes behind his newest creation. If you haven’t heard the record yet, or have heard it and wish to be battered all over again, check it out after the break and peep what the Broken Cross mastermind had to say. Continue Reading
Back in August of 2017, Baltimore hardcore outfit End It released their raging self-titled EP via Flatspot Records. Taking influence from the 90s east coast hardcore sound, while adding their own little spin on things, End It deliver five tracks of vitriolic aggression and thrashing riffs that are sure to inspire the most mild-mannered of persons to jump into the pit.
We recently reached out to guitarist Ray Lee to discuss the EP track by track. Whether you are peeping the record for the first time, or in need of revisiting it for a good punch in the throat, check out the EP and what Lee had to say about it after the break. Continue Reading
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Bay Area multi-instrumentalist Leila Abdul-Rauf (Vastum, Hammers of Misfortune, et al) is poised to release her third full-length album, Diminution, in just a matter of days. Out Friday, April 13, Diminution is a haunting opus in which layers of ethereal instrumentation craft a dense, otherworldly listening experience. Utilizing droning soundscapes, minimal piano, and her own voice, Abdul-Rauf‘s spacious, textural music sits at the crossroads between beauty and melancholia.
In anticipation of its release, we reached out to Abdul-Rauf to give us the rundown of the upcoming effort. Check out a special track-by-track breakdown of Diminution after the break. Continue Reading