meth. – Mother of Red Light

With Pure Noise Records snapping up just about every decent band playing some variant of early 2000s metalcore, Prosthetic Records stepped up to the plate and signed their very own turn of the century nostalgia/homage act, meth.. Thankfully, the bedroom project turned full-band endeavor has more than enough substance because…

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Hey! Listen to Freighter!

Many bands would like to claim to be wild. There’s something inherently attractive about savageness, especially in metal. But very few bands actually feel unleashed, regardless of the states of mind that might have possessed the members as they were writing/recording the music. Wildness is more than just being experimental…

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EXCLUSIVE PREMIERE: Detach The Islands Bring The House Down With “Culture Architects”

Ten out of every hundred promo invitations grab me with the first sentence. Maybe two of them will live up to that initial hype. Today’s premiere is from a band whose brand new record did just that. Detach The Islands mix punk sensibilities with frantic, dissonant powerviolence, and panic-inducing mathcore…

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Pound – ••

As a music critic, I’ve always strived to go beyond curation by attempting to contextualize the artists and albums I review. Of course, finding and recommending noteworthy new music is still an important part of the job, especially in today’s saturated music market. But the opportunity for deeper analysis has…

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OLAM – I Will Guide Thy Hand

I Will Guide Thy Hand, the debut LP of Indianapolis-based OLAM, is uncompromisingly ferocious hardcore, recalling Botch or the harder edges of Converge; the album is propelled by galloping drums, sharp shrieks and jagged riffing, songs frequently interspersed with slower brooding moments or a strategically patient bridge.  I Will Guide…

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