For my list this year I decided to follow Lane’s footsteps and just list out what I think are the best releases of this past year – explanations be damned! So for the sake of brevity, here are my favourite top 20 releases of 2018. Thanks for reading! (I promise I do have my reasons for my own opinions.)
Canadian grinders WAKE have announced a string of West Coast tour with California death metallers Our Place of Worship is Silence in tow on select dates. The trek will begin on September 14 in Vancouver and will conclude on September 24 in Colorado Springs. Our Place of Worship is Silence will join WAKE on September 16 in Sacramento and will provide support throughout the remainder of the tour. The full touring schedule can be found after the break. Continue Reading
Blast Beats is a column in which extreme music artists discuss their favorite hip-hop records
In this edition of Blast Beats, WAKE frontman Kyle Ball stopped by to discuss three of his personal favorite hip-hop projects. Check out his selections after the break. Continue Reading
It’s spring break and once again you do not have any plans. Jim from Accounting invites you and some other coworkers to a weekend getaway at some popular beach somewhere. You agree to tag along because you think you need to get out more and be more sociable. You will soon, unsurprisingly, regret your decision. Continue Reading
Canadian grinders Wake scorch the Great White North to black on their furious fourth full-length, Misery Rites.
Ever since the release of Surrounded by Human Filth in 2010, Wake have been on an upward trajectory toward the darkest, most unrelenting forms of grindcore possible, which had seemed to reach its apex with 2016’s vicious Sowing the Seeds of a Worthless Tomorrow. With the release of Misery Rites, however, it appears that band is far from out of steam, and that there are still even darker recesses within the genre to explore. The record picks up where its predecessor left off and drags the listener further into an abyss full of seething anger, inner turmoil and lots of fast, ugly riffs. Continue Reading
Brain Pick is a monthly podcast in which Marc Bourgon (Greber, Cancelled, et al) speaks to musicians, and people in the industry, about their creative process.
In true grindcore fashion, Rob and I rip through my water-headed questions at 900bpm. Touching on things like getting ideas at weird times and figuring out how drums work themselves into shit, Rob gives some great insight on how Wake makes their unique blend of uncomfortable and ripping grind.
For whatever my opinion is worth (which probably isn’t much), I think this year has been quite an incredible one for heavy music. Some long-awaited returns, some exceptional grind, some progressive masterpieces, and some pretty substantial EPs, to say the least. Here are my top 20 picks for the best releases of 2016.
Denver grindcore trio Vermin Womb (Clinging to the Trees of a Forest Fire, Primitive Man, etc) have premiered a new track from their forthcoming debut LP, Decline, over at CVLT Nation. Titled “Entomb”, the new blistering tune churns out two-minutes of dissonant aural hell. Check out the bleak jam now.
Decline will be released on October 28 via Translation Loss (North America), Throatruiner Records (Europe) and Sentient Ruin (Cassette).
The band will be embarking on a U.S. fall tour later this month. Support will come from Gadget, Theories, Wake and Immortal Bird on select dates. The full itinerary can be found below.
Canadian grindcore outfit Wake have premiered their upcoming record, Sowing the Seeds of a Worthless Tomorrow, at Invisible Oranges. The album will be officially released this Friday, February 26 in collaboration with Sentient Ruin, Everyday Hate, 7 Degrees Records and Nerve Altar. The album is a short but blistering full of dark, menacing and forward-thinking grindcore that needs to be heard. Do not sleep on Wake. Check out the record now.
Check out the band’s upcoming tour dates below.