The most common feedback we get from our readers about this site and why they continue to follow us (aside from our dashing good looks, obviously) is that they come to us to find out about bands new and old they might have otherwise never been introduced to. We pride ourselves on being able to act as a human music recommendation service to all of you, which is why we already have features like our very popular Listen To This! series of columns. When thinking about ways we could take this further though, we came upon the idea for this column. For Fans Of is essentially a distillation of this in its purest form.
The concept is simple. We take one very well-known and popular band that our writers and readers are fans of, and then we 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. So, for example, in this case we’ve chosen Converge (more on them in a second). These are not meant to be exhaustive lists, and it’s quite possible many of you will be already familiar with at least a few of these bands. But we hope that this serves as an appropriate jumping-off point for many of you and that you can find at least one new band you were not already listening to.
The Secret‘s last effort, Agnus Dei, was killer. It’s metallic hardcore done right, and it’s one of the best records to come out in the past few years. The band have prepared a new music video for us all for the track ‘May God Damn Us All’, which rules.
O hay, it’s The King Of Procrastination! I’ve been letting the world of music pass me by the past couple of months as I’m creating my website and writing my horror novel and almost let the top of the year list slip by me. Luckily, Riddick the Cat called me up yesterday and told me to get the hell to work with this because I’m a “better interest to him than the human he lives with.” So there’s that. But, why shall we be bound to doing a list in a multiple of five? “Nay,” says Deadite, “Let’s beat the system and do eleven top albums of the year!” So dark, edgy, and kvlt.
01. Agnus Dei
02. May God Damn All Of Us
03. Violent Infection
04. Geometric Power
05. Post Mortem Nihil Est
06. Daily Lies
07. Love Your Enemy
08. Vermin of Dust
09. Darkness I Became
10. Heretic Temple
11. The Bottomless Pit
12. Obscure Dogma
13. Seven Billion Graves
[Southern Lord Records]
There is a certain perverse irony behind the title of The Secret’s fourth album, Agnus Dei. The Italian metallic hardcore outfit’s latest offering bears the title of the peaceful Christian symbol of a holy lamb, yet presents itself as a wolf amongst the flock devouring the innocent beasts. While initially an intriguing and entertaining endeavor, repeated listens quickly reveal that this analogy would be more appropriately adjusted to describe Agnus Dei as a wolf in sheep’s clothing. For while The Secret provide a solid performance of the recent trend of sludgy, grind influenced hardcore, this lycan ferocity is padded down by certain wooly missteps.
Consider The Secret a secret no longer for myself. This Italian hardcore group deliver grinding hardcore in the same vein as the recently discussed Early Graves, so after my first listen of the title track of their upcoming album it was one of those ‘where have you been all my life!?’ moments. ‘Agnus Dei‘, or ‘lamb of god’ to the latin speakers, is a Kurt Ballou produced, feedback drenched brute of a track that brings to mind the more unhinged moments of Trap Them and their ilk and you can hear it courtesy of BrooklynVegan in the Soundcloud player below.
Southern Lord will release Agnus Dei on October 23rd.
The previously announced Southern Lord summer package tour featuring Black Breath, Martyrdod, Burning Love, Enabler, and more now has dates available. If only Summer Slaughter were so quick with their turn around, eh?
Here are the dates. Make it out, hardcore fans.
6/19 Seattle, WA @ El Corazon w/ Poison Idea
6/20 Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theater w/ Poison Idea
6/21 San Francisco, CA @ The Mezzanine w/ Noothgrush
6/22 Santa Cruz, CA @ The Catalyst w/ Pelican, Noothgrush
6/23 Pomona, CA @ The Glass House (Southern Lord label showcase) w/ Pelican
6/24 San Diego, CA @ The Casbah w/ Pelican
6/25 Phoenix, AZ @ Chasers
6/27 Dallas, TX @ Club Dada w/ Power Trip, Wild//Tribe
6/28 Austin, TX @ Red 7 w/ Power Trip, Wild//Tribe
6/29 Houston, TX @ Walter’s w/ Power Trip, Wild//Tribe
6/30 New Orleans, LA @ Three Ring Circus w/ Dead In The Dirt
7/1 Atlanta, GA @ 529 w/ Dead In The Dirt
7/2 Raleigh, NC @ Kings Barcade w/ Dead In the Dirt
7/3 Richmond, VA @ Strange Matter w/ Dead In The Dirt
7/4 Baltimore, MD @ Talking Head Lounge at Sonar w/ The Secret
7/5 Boston, MA @ Radio Bar w/ The Secret
7/6 Brooklyn, NY @ Acheron w/ The Secret
7/7 Philadelphia, PA @ The Barbary w/ The Secret
7/8 Dayton, OH @ Blind Bob’s w/ The Secret (*NO Martyrdöd)
7/9 Chicago, IL @ Empty Bottle (no Martyrdöd)
7/10 Milwaukee, IL @ Borg Ward (Black Breath, Enabler ONLY)
7/11 Minneapolis, MN @ Medusa (Black Breath, Enabler ONLY)
7/13 Spokane, WA @ TBA
7/14 Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theater (Black Breath ONLY) w/ Autopsy
While I am BEYOND EXCITED for Summer Slaughter Tour this year, some metal fans out there aren’t too keen on the likes of Periphery, Veil of Maya, etc. Understandable, I suppose; we all have our tastes and there’s nothing wrong with that so long as you’re not an asshole about it. For those waiting for a more underground package tour to come to fruition, you’re in luck, because Southern Lord’s putting something together.
Here’s the scoop from the press release:
Southern Lord this week confirms a devastating label tour package for this June and July, bringing some of the label’s newest and most promising acts as well as some major players on the eclectic but lethal roster together for a near month-long trek across the face of America.
Organized and booked by Southern Lord founder Greg Anderson, the core acts for the tour include the Ontario-based hardcore/rock outfit BURNING LOVE (featuring ex-Cursed vocalist), the dark lords of Swedish crust MARTYRDOD making their debut U.S. appearance, Milwaukee’s punk/hardcore crossover outfit ENABLER and Seattle’s powerhouse d-beat/death-infused hardcore bastards BLACK BREATH. Special additional performances from POISON IDEA, NOOTHGRUSH, PELICAN, POWERTRIP, WILD/TRIBE, DEAD IN THE DIRT, THE SECRET, ALL PIGS MUST DIE and more will join some of the shows regionally as well.
The final routing is still being plotted and finalized, and a fully confirmed itinerary will be publicized in the next two weeks as it all takes shape.
So there you go, hardcore fans! Dates are to be announced soon, and we’ll fill you in when they’re available.