The adorable father-daughter project has just released its third song, the title track to their forthcoming record Werewolf (tentative album art above). Seven year old frontgirl Joanie Bologna’s vocals are getting absolutely vicious in that instead of the yelling she did in the first track, she’s expanding her voice to include actual growls and screams. People have been comparing her to Kat Katz of Agoraphobic Nosebleed since the project’s inception but now the two are even closer. To make things even better, the song ends in a totally rad southern metal groove torn from the latest Red Fang record along with sick lead work done by Spiralmountain‘s Erik Ebsen. The clashing of styles may seem weird on paper but the whole thing is amazing. It’s actually the best thing the duo has done yet.
I realize that Sockweb is a gimmick, but it’s the best gimmick I’ve ever heard. It also helps that the music is legitimately good. As always, we’ll keep you up to date on all happenings Sockweb as they work on their debut album.
In case you aren’t in the know, grindcore recently got kicked up a notch with Sockweb, an unlikely musical duo that sees Adam “Blackula” Young writing the music and his six-year-old daughter Joanie “Bologna” Young writing her own lyrics and performing lead vocals. Their first song ‘I Want Pancakes’ went viral when it was released, and for good reason. The grit of grindcore juxtaposed against the innocence of childhood is somewhat surreal, if not just straight up adorable.
We decided to seek out an interview to learn more about Sockweb, Joanie’s unique project that makes her the coolest six-year-old ever known to the world of metal.
Hi Joanie! Did you just get home from school?
How was it? What did you do today?
School was good. We had gym, it was fun.
Awesome! The internet loves your music and everyone I know thinks it’s really cool. How do you feel about the reaction Sockweb is getting?
Good. It’s awesome.
That’s nice! I heard that you came up with the name of the band. I don’t know what a sockweb is though. Where did you come up with the name?
[Adam]: She said “I don’t know,” but we sat down and thought of things that were gross (spider webs) and things that were stinky (socks) and put them together.
There are bands that make a lot of waves by releasing a lot of material in a year’s time; The Ocean and Devin Townsend Project for instance gathered a lot of praise and for releasing two acclaimed albums in rapid succession. It’s rare to see a band release multiple albums within the same year, but when’s the last time a signed band put out four different albums? Grindcore/Powerviolence group Agoraphobic Nosebleed are doing just that, and to sum up the ballsiness of this move, the band and Relapse Records have put out a press release only fitting for the kingdom of “Gonzo Grind” that is ANb:
Gonzo grindcore terrorists AGORAPHOBIC NOSEBLEED have entered guitarist Scott Hull’s Visceral Sound Studios in Bethesda, MD to begin work on their highly anticipated new material for Relapse Records. In true ANB fashion, the quartet will be giving zero fucks and releasing four independent full length albums, each in a completely different style and direction, representing the tastes and influences of each member of the band. More details will be announced as they develop.
Absolute insanity. I thought I was just looking forward to ONE follow-up to 2009′s excellent full-length Agorapocalypse, but now there will be a literal handful to be heard in 2013. As always, we’ll be sure to pass along more details as they come in.
It’s hard for a metalhead to get into the holiday spirit what with all of the lame non-denominational holiday music being played (aside from Trans-Siberian Orchestra, of course). Decibel Magazine and Agoraphobic Nosebleed have both apparently started a tradition in which they attempt to promote and distribute brutal and chaotic music inspired by holiday cheer. Last year, Decibel released a flexi-disc of Agoraphobic Nosebleed’s first Christmas EP A Joyful Noise, and now they’re at it again with ‘Merry Chrystmeth.’ The flexi-disc is available in this month’s copy of Decibel, but you can watch the video for the track below. It’s probably NSFW, due to all the drug references and blurred nudity.
I’ve been on a massive Pig Destroyer kick lately in anticipation of the upcoming record, Book Burner. I was always a fan of JR Hays’ vocal style, but it looks like Book Burner will feature quite the diversity in the vocal department! The new studio video (below) features vocal tracking from Blake Harrison (who does electronics in the band — whatever that is), Richard Johnson (Agoraphobic Nosebleed, Drugs of Faith), Jason Netherton (Misery Index), and a sick gang vocal shout.
Ceder Ave. (Was The Best Place To Watch People Ascent To Heaven)
As Bad As It Is…
The inherent reason to release a split is normally to combine the fanbases and half the recording costs. In the modern internet run age we live in, surely the split is dead. Anyone can start a home studio and teach themselves how to get a fairly respectable sound out of mediocre equipment in a matter of years and any fan who wants to learn of similar bands will more likely trawl through Facebook or Bandcamp pages than buy a split released by an already respectable band. But Agoraphobic Nosebleed were never one to abide by fan expectation. So a split with the long slumbering powerviolence outfit Despise You should be no surprise to anyone.
As many of you will know, masters of all that is metal (or a stoner’s approximation of, at least) Metalsucks have been counting down a list of who they (the staff) consider to be the top 25 modern metal guitarists. Of those I know, I’ve agreed with the vast majority of inclusions, and by the time this goes to press, there should only be the number one slot left to be announced – on Monday I would presume, thanks to Labor Day this Monday just gone.
So with this weekend break in mind, we want you to don your deerstalkers and tell us, based on who has already been mentioned, who you think will be – or who you think deserves – the number one slot from Axl, Vince and co.
For your convenience, I’ve listed the entries so far below, but I’d highly recommend reading the series – they make some damn good points regarding their choices.
01. The Age of Seraphim
02. Throne of the Meek
03. Void Leacher
04. Mind Infection
05. Circle of Nine
06. Stroggos War
07. Breaching The Clone
10. Time Spanned
Admittedly, I’ve never paid much attention to Cam Argon, aka “Big Chocolate“, or his various musical endeavors. I just didn’t have the bandwidth for a kid who specializes in home-made dubstep and deathcore, no matter how many people were swinging on his nuts. But 2011 has been a year of firsts for me, and I’m glad I decided to start paying attention to more artists in the ‘one man bedroom band’ genre, because there has been some fabulous music coming our way from these dudes. 2011 has already seen great releases from Keith Merrow, Paul Wardingham, Tre Watson, and Drewsif Stalin, just to name a few. I’m sure part of the reason I got interested in and became a fan of these artists is that I’ve been dabbling in the field myself. So I’ve been listening to a lot of other one man productions to kind of chart myself against the competition, so to speak. And if I’m being honest, every one of the guys I just listed makes me want to give up music and producing forever because they blow my shit out of the water. Anyway…
Now we have Big Chocolate’s full length release from his Disfiguring The Goddess project. An utterly crushing, futuristic, slamming death metal slab that is not just ‘impressive for a homegrown, self-produced project’. No sir, what we have here in Circle of Nine is an album that may be the future of death metal as we know it, and could very well be one of the final nails in the coffin of the entire deathcore genre.
Despite having been kicking around this place for the best part of eighteen months, I’ve not yet had the opportunity to blow my load over anything related to Old Man Gloom – the seminal sludge/doom band formed many a year ago by members of ISIS, Converge, Cave In and Agoraphobic Nosebleed – because they having put out a record in seven fucking years.
Fair enough – it’s a ‘sometimes’ side-project for them, and the guys have been busy. Nate Newton (guitar, vocals) and Kurt Ballou (producer) have been busy making some of the best hardcore records of the noughties, as well as the latter handling desk duties for some other brilliant releases during the same period (Kvelertak‘s recent self-titled, Doomriders, Trap Them, Genghis Tron and Beecher, to name but a few). Caleb Schofield (bass) has had his hands full reforming Cave In, and Aaron Turner (vocals, guitar) was up to his neck in ISIS.
But the planets seem to have aligned, and with everyone free (or at least semi-free), Kurt announced last night that after a massive hiatus, we can expect new material from OMG in the near future. OMG indeed.
For those unfamiliar (which may be a number of you – young whelps!), give the following tracks a listen and try not to love them. Absolutely crushing.
More after the jump, including the sublime acoustic track “Clenched Tight In The Fist Of God” and the charmingly-entitled “Rape Athena“. Maybe that’s got something to do with why she’s got white arms?
What’s the best way to start a week? Well I can tell you the only correct answer is with some mind warping grind from Agoraphobic Nosebleed.
So in a surprisingly primitive turn of events, they’ve uploaded two new tracks to the ANb MySpace; ‘”Possession” and “Ungrateful“. The two tracks come from the upcoming split And On And On… with Despise You that comes out on the 26th of April through Relapse. Now if, like me, you were a huge fan of the new sound they took on for Agorapocalypse then you pleased to know that they seem to have carried on in that direction and I’m pretty sure I can hear vocals from Katherine Katz of Salome on “Ungrateful,” so looks like she’s a permanent member.
Also, a general plea; THIS. The songs are available on MySpace regardless of what the player says, just keep refreshing.