Last year saw Colorado residents Call Of The Void release Dragged Down A Dead End Path, an album which battered its way onto my year end list last year along side very esteemed company. The five piece slayed my ears with a vile medley of hardcore, grind and sludge, pulling together all the nasty parts of Converge and Nails together to break most of my bones in the process. The band have now released the first track from next years Ageless and it is a belter, to use a colloquial Scottish term. Check the stream of ‘Cold Hands’ after the jump as always. View Full Article »
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Vinyl nerds and grindcore enthusiasts rejoice! While we’re still waiting on the Pig Destroyer repress that was promised last year, Relapse Records haven’t just been sitting on their hands in regards to their hotly in-demand back catalog. The latest Relapse alum that the label have taken up the task of re-pressing is trailblazing Swedish grindcore act Nasum, and they’re going all out! The band’s full length discography will be made available for the first time in over 10 years, and you can secure your copies right now.
Hope Drone are a band you may have heard of if you’ve got a taste for all things bleak and atmospheric when it comes to black metal. Hailing from Brisbane, Australia and happily adorning the ‘About’ section of their Facebook page with the phrase ‘No future but nothing’, the bands 2013 self-titled release sent out the message that while quite a few bands had turned their attention to more expansive soundscapes that black metal could offer, few were doing it as well as they were, with four tracks of dank and dark, hopelessness — one of which even ended up on our 2013 compilation.
Shamefully, Primitive Man have not received nearly enough attention around these parts. And I’d like to correct that. Their 2013 LP Scorn was an absolute favorite of mine. Scorn seamlessly blended the darkest and bleakest parts of doom, sludge, and hardcore into a terrifyingly potent cocktail. Their unique sound is the end of the world. A post-apocalyptic atmosphere of depression, desperation, and chaos that is nothing short of suffocating. Since releasing their LP they’ve put out three separate splits with Hexis, Hessian, & Xaphan. The Toilet Ov Hell has a short-but-sweet writeup on their previous works. View Full Article »
The insurgence of what we at Heavy Blog like to call post-death metal has made 2014 my personal highlight of the last few years of heavy music. Alongside Artificial Brain, Pyrrhon have championed this movement and now, with their debut music video, have put a face to a name for this exotic brand of extreme music. The recently released video for ‘Sleeper Agent’ is much like their debut album, Mother Of Virtues, in that it takes various elements of countless genres and blends them seamlessly into an all together visceral experience. Watch the video after the jump and fight me if you don’t agree.
While it is often tempting to dig deep into a record to pick apart where the inspiration came from and what makes it unique in its own right, sometimes it is necessary to simply press play and enjoy the ride. Please Explode, the debut album from Columns, is best enjoyed by doing just that. 16 tracks later and a wry smile is spread across the face of anyone willing to give this lethal dose of grind the time of day. Members of Wretched, Vehemence and Hemdale have thrown their hat into the ring with an album full of grind party classics.
The enigmatic female-fronted post-black metal act Myrkur is back at the plate this week with a new track from her upcoming Relapse Records self-titled debut. The track, ‘Latvian Fegurð’, is in the same vein as the previously released ‘Nattens Barn,‘ — a refreshingly feminine take on the post-black metal sound, complete with an angelic choral vocal style that provides some much-needed idiosyncrasy. Check out the stream below.
Relapse Records have been on a roll lately with Mastodon‘s back catalog, reissuing Leviathan on multiple attractive colors, and the band’s debut Remission is now being given a lavish treatment with a deluxe vinyl box set in both Oxblood (limited to 1500) and Black & Gold merge (limited to 500). The deluxe sets also come with a book featuring 24 pages of lyrics and unreleased artwork from Paul Romano. The cover art has been enhanced, featuring the remission horse in custom uv gloss. Check out the image below but make sure your jaw doesn’t hit the table too hard.