Once upon a time, in the magical year of 1992, a new pedal was created, one that would forever help to shape the style and direction of extreme metal music. This pedal, of course, was the Boss Corporation’s very own HM2 pedal, a certified nasty pedal that whipped out tones so thick and destructive that it was only natural that extreme music embraced it wholeheartedly. Of course, at the same time as this pedal, a new band was rising in the Finnish grindcore scene, one that would embrace the unholy tones of the HM2 pedal and help to inspire the direction of much of modern hardcore, grindcore, and metal. This band was Rotten Sound and now, some 23 years later, the band has returned with a new slab of HM2-worship-grind, showing that even as the grindcore scene strives so desperately to emulate what they created, the student can never truly surpass the master.
Entheos’ formation has been quite the success story. Within days of announcing their newfound existence in early 2015, the four already-fairly-established metal musicians were releasing studio updates for their debut EP, and proceeded to release said EP on Bandcamp quite literally as soon as it was finished — with all…
In the kaleidoscopic jigsaw puzzle of King Moat’s sound there are flitters of deviance and disorder. Deviance from current genre troupes. Disorder stemming from the unpredictable nature of each progressing passage of their music. At it’s most primitive, it’s mean. At it’s heady heights, unnervingly addictive.
WELL HELLO THERE. It’s been a pretty goddamn long time since I’ve written one of these posts up, almost embarrassingly so. To be fair, the last concert videos I posted here of Neurosis and Sumac were some of my favorites I’ve done, so if I were to leave you all with something to hold you over, I could’ve done far worse. The truth of the matter though is that for a number of reasons (mostly beginning and ending with making a living as a freelancer), I just don’t have the time like I did even a year ago to dedicate to producing these kind of high-quality concert videos on a consistent basis. But even though my output has slowed down considerably, I am as determined as ever to create interesting and awesome content for everyone to enjoy, which is why I’m so pleased to be finally launching these couple of videos today of Long Island’s eclectic, energetic, and amazing Moon Tooth!
For Fans Of is a column that takes one very well-known and popular band that our writers and readers are fans of, and then our staff write about a small group of lesser-known bands that do similar things and who we think you all might like as well and give a listen to.
Whenever we discuss the topic of discussion for our next For Fans Of segment, one of the first things we consider is what genres we haven’t picked veteran bands from yet. FFO: Emperor came about due to the desire to cover black metal, and this time around, the colossal riffs of doom metal became the theme of the nominating process. And while there’s no shortage of bands deserving of the inaugural doom FFO, there’s really no contesting our final selection of stoner-doom legends Sleep, one of the pinnacles of the genre with an amount of influence approaching that of Black Sabbath. From the the heavy stoner imagery to the even heavier riffs to the band’s demise creating to equally incredible bands (High on Fire and Om), there really is no way to understate just how important these Cali potheads were for the genre and metal as whole. As we all wait for the recently reunited band to (hopefully) release a new full-length, check out some of the newer doom bands that have capably carried the pot leaf flag into new and exciting territory.
Record Store Day is less than a month away, and vinyl fanatics like myself have been stoking our anticipation with the massive list of special releases being featured this year. Of course, it truly is a massive list, and since lines at record stores will almost certainly be even bigger, it’ll behoove all of us to have a game plan prior to fluffing our sleeping bags to camp out at the door. That’s why I decided to sit down – with input from Eden – and list what we believe to be the essential release from this year’s RSD; records that truly capture the essence of that “special release” vibe that the pseudo-holiday has built its reputation upon. This won’t be a comprehensive list by any means, and I encourage everyone to comment with the releases that you’re most looking forward to snagging next month. That being said, head past the jump to see the vinyl nerd in me gush about what RSD 2016 has to offer.
While we’re all waiting for the new Norma Jean album to come out (which is apparently soon!) or praying for Big Black to get back together (who knows; who really expected Refused to reunite, anyway?), we need to fill the time with some good, noisy, sort-of-post-hardcore music. In this case, I’d like to highlight Nonpareil and their EP Allergen.
Nonpareil is an Arizona-based supergroup featuring, among others, ex-Abigail Williams singer Connor Woods and ex-The Bled bassist Darren Simoes. The band’s sound is pretty much a combination of the bands referenced above; they take Norma Jean-style songwriting, strip it back a smidgen, and top if off with some production that sounds like it was taken straight out of Steve Albini’s garage.