Tesseract – Errai

Since their inception, Tesseract haven’t been averse to revisiting older works and manipulating them into a more contemporary framework. They’ve been redoing grooves, experimenting with acoustic versions of old songs, and always trying to further distance themselves from the djent scene that they helped propel five years ago. With their most recent full-length, 2015’s Polaris, the band showed that they were straying even further from their metal roots. There were still plenty of moments that’ll open up pits the world over, but Tesseract could almost be argued as a progressive/alternative rock band at this point. Now looking at Errai, an EP with four reworked Polaris tracks, it’s evident that Tesseract are arguably at their best when they’re at their most distant.

Watch FAMILY Rip Through “Precedent” In New Guitar Playthrough

We haven’t talked about them frequently around here, but Brooklyn-based progressive stoner/sludge outfit FAMILY are a band any fan of the harder and heavier sounds of Mastodon or Baroness should really be listening to. We loved their most recent album Future History for its awesome mixture of killer riffs, triumphant energy, and tasteful injection of other, more diverse elements. Hands-down one of the best examples of that is “Precedent,” a behemoth of a track that clocks in at a little under 7 minutes and never lets go. I had a chance to work with them recently on a guitar playthrough for the track, and I’m pleased to be premiering it right here!

Hey! Listen to Insane Power!

There’s been some fantastic hardcore this year, and it only continues with this band. Maryland’s Insane Power, though new to the scene, showcases a hardcore style with very minor influence from thrash, but is most assuredly HC of the highest kind. It’s noisy, angry, and just fucking brutal in all the right places.

Myrkur – Mausoleum

For very unfortunate reasons, Myrkur remains a controversial artist. Being the brainchild of Amalie Bruun, the black metal project has faced intense scrutiny for deviating from the norms of the genre, despite other artists like Ulver (whom have collaborated with her several times) or Alcest getting praised for similar irreverences. While the backlash that targets her for her gender might have dissuaded other artists, she has instead trudged on and pushed back even further. Mausoleum is partly reinvention, but also partly defiance. Taking the songs from her debut full length M and rearranging them with a haunting choir, Myrkur is firmly walking the steps towards post-black-metal greatness.

EXCLUSIVE PREMIERE: Check Out How Six-Score Take Things From “Bad To Worse”!

Grindcore is something that we haven’t really covered on here when it comes to premieres. This is probably because most grindcore bands opt to go with “heavier” metal sites that cater specifically to the more extreme side of metal. Lucky for us, however, Six-Score have called upon us to host their newest single off their upcoming record, Lebensräume, which is due out in October. Check out “Bad To Worse” below! I love grindcore with some balls and a vision. This song is obviously politically and emotionally charged, as made evident by the opening monologue given that discusses the likes of starving children. This…

Post Rock Post – Talons’ New Topographics

One day soon, I’ll write a post analyzing Big Scary Monsters in depth. They’re a fantastic label, with bands running the gamut from post rock to emo and indie. A few weeks ago, they held a sale in which, for one weekend, all their stuff on Bandcamp was Name Your Price. I used the opportunity to follow up on some recommendations I had heard on Talons, a British band I should have checked out much, much earlier. Pegging these guys as post rock might something of a simplistic approach; New Topographics is an intricate, often abrasive but mostly beautiful album which upends the relationship between noise and silence within the post rock genre. It’s more similar to the old school approaches to post rock of the mid 2000’s, where bands like 65daysofstatic and Red Sparrowes were still shying away from delay-ridden guitars and focusing on heavy hitting, big post rock.

No Heroes In New England // Week of 8/14/16

Welcome to another week of No Heroes in New England, where we give some cred to the bands in New England’s hardcore underground. These musicians are up and coming, and represent the next generation in what is looking to be an awesome group of hardcore musicians. While the definition of “hardcore” is up for debate, all it means here is lots of anger and rage and beatdowns galore. Enjoy! Rare Form We’re going to start off today with a bands that probably fits most in the “traditional” hardcore punk sound, Rare Form. From New Haven, Connecticut, this band only has…