Sunday 17 November 2013

Swans - Public Castration Is A Good Idea

'Public Castration Is A Good Idea'

Genre/s: Industrial, No Wave, Noise Rock
For Fans Of: Godflesh, Jesu, Sunn, Mars,

Swans are the heaviest band on the planet, fact. Their new stuff may be post-rock/folk tinged, but one cannot simply deny the ground shaking fury that was 1980s era Swans. Case in point, Public Castration Is A Good Idea. This live album sounds like the apocalypse - you can basically hear the venue this was recorded shaking. The percussion heavy, rhythmically driven monster that is Swans lurches through the 8 tracks on this album, with Michael Gira's intense drawling/moaning and shouting the driving force behind their repetitous barrage of sound and texture. Swan' stripped back, less-is-more approach to music is a brutal and primal force to behold, and this album is a perfect example of their darkest, most cathartic era.

1. Money Is Flesh
2. Fool
3. A Screw
4. Anything for You
5. Coward
6. A Hanging
7. Stupid Child
8. Another You


Jackals - Dronepunk


Genre/s: Mathcore, Sludge, Hardcore, Metalcore
For Fans Of: Gaza, Trap Them, Cursed, Botch

Dark, dark hardcore from Sydney, Australia. Odd time signatures and dirge-y passages are the modus operandi for Jackals - a combination that lends itself to a potent brew of agression and misery. It's not all doom and gloom though, the tempo picking up on tracks such as 'Dancing To The Pulse' and 'God Is In The Numbers', and while the songs may be easier to mosh to, the overwhelming sense of negativity and nihilism remains. Like so many others out there, I was was saddened by the news of Gaza's break-up, but with bands like Jackals here carrying the torch for cathartic, depressing sludgy-metalcore, I feel much better. 'Dronepunk' is available as a 'pay-what-you-want' download on the Art As Catharsis Records bandcamp page (link below). Check it out!

1. Alpha & Omega
2. Eyeless/Dreaming
3. Dancing To The Pulse
4. This Madman Is Me
5. God Is In The Numbers
6. Claw Marks In The Ether
7. Jackals


Saturday 16 November 2013

Converge - Pre-Jane Doe Discography

Discography (The Pre-Jane Doe Years)
1992 - 2001

Genre/s: Hardcore, Metalcore, Mathcore
For Fans Of: Botch, Coalesce, Rorschach, Slayer, Cro-Mags

People seem to forget about Converge's earlier stuff, mainly due to the fact that Jane Doe is probably one of the greatest of all time, and it catapulted the band into legendary status. That being said, Converge's earlier output is an amazingly varied collection of tunes - and over the span of a decade their sound evolved from thrash metal influenced hardcore into the noisier, chaotic strand of metalcore that it is today. I've collected all the splits, comps, EPs and LPs I could find before the release of Jane Doe, so get downloading and explore this amazing band's catalogue.

Not an exhaustive discography, as I have omitted some releases that contain the same tracks as other releases.

Converge - S/T EP (1992)
1. Look Back
2. Open Your Eyes
3. Blind
4. Gravel

Halo In A Haystack (1994)
1. Shallow Breathing
2. I Abstain
3. Two Day Romance
4. Becoming A Stranger
5. Divinity
6. Fact Leaves Its Ghost
7. Antithesis
8. Down
9. Exhale
10. Undo

Unloved And Weeded Out (1995) 
*2003 Compilation/Re-issue*
1. Downpour
2. Flowers and Razorwire
3. Tremor
4. Home Song
5. For You
6. Jacob's Ladder
7. Undo
8. Towing Jehovah (Demo)
9. The High Cost of Playing God (Demo)
10. When Forever Comes Crashing (Demo)
11. The Year of The Swine (Demo)
12. Letterbomb (Demo)
13. Locust Reign (Live)
14. This Is Mine (Live)

Petitioning The Empty Sky (1996)
1. The Saddest Day
2. Forsaken
3. Albatross
4. Dead
5. Shingles
6. Buried But Breathing
7. Farewell Note To This City
8. Color Me Blood Red
9. For You
10. Antithesis
11. Homesong

Caring And Killing (1997)
*Compilation Album*
1. Shallow Beathing
2. I Abstain
3. Two Day Romance
4. Fact Leaves It's Ghost
5. Becoming A Stranger
6. Antithesis
7. Dead
8. Tied To My Neck
9. Divinity
10. Blind
11. Sky
12. Down
13. Zodiac
14. Yesterday
15. Savior Salvation
17. But Life Goes On

When Forever Comes Crashing (1998)
1. My Unsaid Everything
2. The High Cost Of Playing God
3. In Harms Way
4. Conduit
5. The Lowest Common Denominator
6. Towing Jehovah
7. When Forever Comes Crashing
8. Ten Cents
9. Year Of The Swine
10. Letterbomb
11. Love As Arson

Y2K EP (1999)
1. Serial Killer (Vio-lence)
2. Snowblind (Black Sabbath)
3. Disintegration (The Cure)

Converge/Agoraphobic Nosebleed - The Poacher Diaries (1999)
1. Agoraphobic Nosebleed – Mantis
2. Agoraphobic Nosebleed – Center Of The Hive
3. Agoraphobic Nosebleed – Glass Tornado
4. Agoraphobic Nosebleed – Landfills Of Extinct Possibility
5. Agoraphobic Nosebleed – Pentagram Constellation
6. Agoraphobic Nosebleed – Bed Of Flies
7. Agoraphobic Nosebleed – Destroyed
8. Agoraphobic Nosebleed – Gringo
9. Agoraphobic Nosebleed – Infected Womb
10. Locust Reign
11. This Is Mine
12. They Stretch For Miles
13. My Great Devastator
14. The Human Shield
15. Minnesota

Converge/Hellchild - Deeper The Wound (2001)
1. Thaw
2. Clean (Depeche Mode)
3. Conduit (Live)
4. Shallow Breathing (Live)
5. Locust Reign (Live)
6. Hellchild – I
7. Hellchild – Insurrection Of The Living Damned
8. Hellchild – In This Freezing Night (Live)
9. Hellchild – Without Any Answer (Live)

Friday 15 November 2013

SQRM - Rodeo


Genre/s: Hardcore, Noise Rock
For Fans Of: Hoax, Cult Ritual, Swans, White Guilt, The Jesus Lizard

Rodeo is one of those albums that comes along every once and a while and just  floors you with how disgustingly caustic it is.It's is a grating, ponderous, disgusting little slab of hardcore drenched in reverb and soaked in hatred and probably the best thing to come out of Youth Attack as of late (or ever). SQRM sound like they're letting of every single ounce of sexual frustration, anger and self loathing within their collective bodies and pouring into this ugly, ugly collection of songs. Whether it's punishingly slow dirges (White Stains, Upsidedown Cross) or venomous bursts of speed and noise (I Can't Find My Knife, Rodeo), SQRM's unique take on the genre, and refreshingly negative take on life is both exhilarating and frightening. Unlike most other Youth Attack releases, there's no half-assed attempts at pseudo intellectualism or edginess - just primal, fucked up punk

1. White Stains
2. I Can't Find My Knife
3. Cut My Strings
4. You Still Can't Live
5. Fuck To Survive
6. Upsidedown Cross
7. Rodeo
8. Slow Dance
9. Raw Split
10. Waste


The Rita And Prurient - Women Pissing

'Women Pissing'
The Rita And Prurient

Genres/s: Harsh Noise
For Fans Of: Vomir, Swallowing Bile, Ramleh, Koufar

Brilliant. Arguably two of the best modern noisemakers, The Rita (Sam McKinlay) and Prurient (Dominick Fenrow) collaborate on this 7'' to bring both their respective fields to head in a wonderful celebration of cacophony. Over two tracks, McKinlay lays down massive, crunching static walls, while Fenrow's trademark shrieking vocals and feedback manipulation roar over the top. There's a masterful balance between low and high end, and rather than fighting for dominance the two work in tandem to beat your poor little eardrums into a bloody pulp. This will most likely go down as one of my favourite noise releases this year, and it's pretty easy to see why. Download it below.

2. Untitled


Kaji - Silent Films EP

'Silent Films'

Genre/s: Post Hardcore, Screamo, Post Rock
For Fans Of: Envy, Circle Takes The Square, Pianos Become The Teeth, Slint

(Band Submission)

Kaji are a four piece post hardcore band from Singapore who play a lush combination of post-rock and hardcore. On this EP the band showcase a penchant for juxtaposing raw, emotional vocals with bright guitars and melodic passages. You wouldn't be able to tell it by listening, but Silent Films is actually a DIY recording, and the guys from Kaji have done an amzing job bringing this EP to life. If you enjoyed Deafheaven's latest offering, and emotionally charged hardcore is your kind of thing, this is a release well worth checking out.

1. Nevada's Sickness
2. Evening News
3. Crutch
4. These Bones
5. Mother
6. Semper Fi


Sunday 10 November 2013

No Anchor - Real Pain Supernova

'Real Pain Supernova'
No Anchor

Genre/s: Noise Rock, Alternative, Sludge, Drone Metal, Doom, Stoner Metal
For Fans Of: Electric Wizard, Harvey Milk, Sunn, Boris, Nirvana

No Anchor are probably the best band in Australia right now, and I'll fight you if you say otherwise. Imagine if you will a band that plays almost every slow, heavy genre known to man but then somehow injects it with pop sensibility and emotion.
No Anchor are that band.
The bass/drum three piece play an ugly, yet sonically diverse style of music that jumps from abrasive (Dead Pony), massive (Gatton Bohemia, the best track IMO) and even catchy (Wolves Bite And Disappear). Real Pain Supernova manages to sound like a Southern Lord release and a 90s Sub Pop release at the same time, and if that does not tingle your curiosity, then you sir cannot be helped.

1. The End
2. Wolves Bite And Disappear
3. Dead Pony
4. Gatton Bohemia
5. Shut My Mouth
6. The Perils Of Small Town Living
7. Come Again
8. Key Cutter


Ed Gein - Judas Goats And Dieseleaters

'Judas Goats And Dieseleaters'
Ed Gein

Genre/s: Grindcore, Hardcore, Mathcore
For Fans Of: Graf Orlock, Converge, Tusk, Me And Him Call It Us

Ed Gein are a politically charged grind unit from Syracuse, New York. Musically they take cues from chaotic hardcore, mathcore and grindcore. All three members of the band shared vocal duties on this one, which leads to an interesting dynamic - trading off between growls, screams and run of the mill hardcore vocals. The songs are complex and extremely volatile - but pack an emotional punch (a la 90s 'emo-violence). Sadly these guys haven't been very active as of late, but you can snag this album below.

1. Robert Flaig
2. Small Towns, Small Minds
3. Killing A Co-Worker
4. Pee Wee Herman/Paul Reubens
5. We're Drowning In It
6. Amen
7. Christianity As Foreign Policy
8. United Ninety Three
9. Bastard
10. A Conflict Of Interest
11. The Wool Is Pulled
12. Guilty As Charged
13. This Ends Now


Trash Talk - Eyes And Nines

'Eyes And Nines'
Trash Talk

Genre/s: Hardcore
For Fans Of: No Comment, Ceremony, Dangers, Extortion

Like a lot of people out there, I can pretty much say Trash Talk were my gateway into the faster/crazier side of hardcore. While their more recent releases have been pretty lacklustre, and the whole 'Trashwang' thing is highly questionable - this album here still kicks ass. On Eyes And Nines, Trash Talk shrug off their attempts at powerviolence (see their self titled album) and instead go for a more straight up, hardcore approach. The songs are still chaotic - there are blastbeats, irregular song structures (as far as hardcore is concerned) and overall, it's a really fucking angry sounding album. It's a pity the band toned down their sound on their follow up EP and LP, because I do regard this as on of the best hardcore releases this side of the 2000s. Disregard the hype, this one fucking rips.

1. Vultures
2. Flesh And Blood
3. Explode
4. Hash Wednesday
5. Envy
6. Rabbit Holes
7. I Do
8. Trudge
9. On A Fix
10. Eyes And Nines


Drug Problem - Self Titled

'Drug Problem'
Drug Problem

Genre/s: Sludge, Powerviolence
For Fans Of: His Hero Is Gone, Meth Drinker, California Love, Dystopia

Featuring members of the equally disgusting, drug-fucked band, Meth Drinker, Drug Problem play music in a similar vein, albeit with a more dissonant, violent approach. Glacial, monolithic dirges meet sudden powerviolence outbursts in a caustic combination punctuated by grim samples. This album sounds like a heroin junkie's anguished screams drowned in alcohol and suicidal thoughts - and its awesome.

1. Sexually Transmitted Text Message
2. Cottage Cheese Facelift
3. Wearing Your Wife's Dressing Gown
4. Mermaid in Manhole
5. Fanny Fish Bag
6. If I Had Arms I'd Kill Myself
7. (Charlton Heston) I A Man Of The Image
8. The Towering Wall
9. Where's Your Sister Tonight
10. Your Dad's Cumming


Saturday 9 November 2013

Sissy Spacek - Self Titled

'Self Titled'
Sissy Spacek

Genre/s: Harsh Noise, Noisecore
For Fans Of: Kylie Minoise, Merbow, John Weise, The Grey Wolves

From the mind of John Weise (Bastard Noise, among others) comes this nasty bit of noise terrorism. 79 untitled tracks of unbridled chaos - severely cut up and pasted haphazardly over each other in some kind of messed up sonic orgy. Analogue meets digital in these messed up sound collages: vocals, feedback, drum machines, glitched out screeches and static are all blended into this hard to digest release. It's weird, highly experimental and ridiculously good noise.

1 - 79: Untitled


Middleground - Demo XIII

'Demo XIII'

Genre/s: Hardcore
For Fans Of: Integrity, Hatebreed, Turnstile, Sick Of It All

(Band Submission)

Middleground is a one man band out of Pennsylvania - Adam Kelly being the brains and the talent behind the lyrics/vocals, drums, bass and guitar. Middleground plays a modern hardcore style, with riffs a plenty, melodic guitar leads, breakdowns delivered with a hefty metallic crunch. This is a pretty neat hardcore release, made all the more impressive by the fact it's done entirely by one guy. Go suss out the bandcamp and give this a listen.

(PS: Adam's on the hunt for some peeps to join the band, so if you're interested, hit him up via the links on the bandcamp page)

1. Defined
2. Rings Hollow
3. Lost In Solitude
4. Beneath The Surface


Fear - The Record

'The Record'

Genre/s: Hardcore Punk
For Fans Of: Circle Jerks, Germs, T.S.O.L, D.I

There's probably not all that much I can say about this band/album that hasn't already been said, but I'll give it a shot anyway. Fear were (and still are) an LA hardcore punk band who released this classic album in 1982. It's catchy, aggressive and it's basically just there to piss everyone off. I like everything about The Record - Lee Ving's semi-melodic snarl, the saxophone on 'New York's Alright' and the sudden curve ball that 'Fuck Christmas' throws at you. If you haven't listened to this yet, you're doing 'punk' wrong.

1. Let's Have a War
2. Beef Bologna
3. Camarillo 
4. I Don't Care About You
5. New York's Alright If You Like Saxophones 
6. Gimme Some Action
7. Foreign Policy
8. We Destroy the Family
9. I Love Livin' in the City
10. Disconnected
11. We Gotta Get Out of this Place
12. Fresh Flesh
13. Getting the Brush
14. No More Nothing

15. Fuck Christmas


An Albatross - We Are Lazer Viking

'We Are Lazer Viking'
An Albatross

Genre/s: Noise Rock, Mathgrind, Mathcore
For Fans Of: Daughters, The Locust, Holy Molar, Melt Banana

With a name like that, you can probably tell this is going to be an obnoxious album, and by jove you're right. An Albatross are a crazy mathgrind/noise rock unit, and on 'We Are Lazer Viking' they bring circus-y riffs, deranged screams and punchy synth lines together in a demented menagerie of sonic confusion. Much like The Locust, An Albatross have nailed the balance of aggression and weird; their sound both chaotic and startlingly dance-able. We Are Lazer Viking manages to pack in 11 songs, in about 8 minutes - a feat unto itself, considering the songs jump from full on grindcore freak-outs to cock-rock rejects and then back to new-wave wannabes. If you're aiming to fry your brain and piss off your neighbours at the same time, this is the way to go.

1. I Am The Lazer Viking
2. Let’s Get On With It!
3. Electric Suits And Cowboy Boots
4. The Revolutionary Politics Of Dance
5. The Triumph Of The Lazer Viking
6. Get Faster, Cry For Happy
7. Wrgggggggrkyyyyyyy!!!
8. The Manifesto Of The Divine Children
9. J7j7j7j7j7j7j7j7j7j7j7j~
10. The Vitally Important Pelvic Thrust
11. W7w7w7w7w7w7w7w7w7w7w7


Bottom Feeder - 7" EP

'7" EP'
Bottom Feeder

Genre/s: Sludge, Doom, Stoner Metal
For Fans Of: Eyehategod, Meth Drinker, Corrupted, Grief

Fiiiiiiiilthy, filthy sludge from Denmark. Bottom Feeder are dread and despair incarnate and on this EP they show a penchant for churning out bleak, nihilistic tunes. Tortured vocals, monstrous, doom-laden chugs paired with the occasional stoner tinged riff make for one of the ugliest, most vile sludge releases I've ever had the misfortune of hearing. This is only a two song EP, but these guys put out a full length earlier this year, so I'll be sure to put that up later on. Enjoy (or don't).

1. Divine Heritage
2. Out Of The Ashes


Friday 8 November 2013

Pissed Jeans - Discography

Pissed Jeans
2003 -2013

Genre/s: Noise Rock, Punk, Hardcore
For Fans Of: The Jesus Lizard, Black Flag, Flipper, Kilslug, Scratch Acid

Pissed Jeans are arguably one of the biggest and more widely known noise rock acts around, and for good reason. Their caustic style blends sludgy punk, bratty hardcore and manic noise rock into an almost bipolar sound that can't decide whether it wants to be energetic or really fucking lazy. Vocalist Matt Korvette possesses a demonic yelp that puts David Yow to shame and he uses it to rant and scream and spit about everything from scrapbooking, bodily fluids and icecream.  Pissed Jeans' entire discography is below, so if you're in the mood for weird-ass punk jams about incredibly mundane subject matter with smatterings of aggression and copious amounts of wailing feedback you know what to do.


Demo (2003)
1. Throbbing Organ
2. Ashamed Of My Cum
3. Wish I Never
4. Night Minutes
5. MTV

Throbbing Organ (2004)
1. Throbbing Organ
2. Night Minutes

Shallow (2005)
1. I'm Sick
2. Boring Girls
3. Ugly Twin (I've Got)
4. Ashamed Of My Cum
5. Closet Marine
6. I Broke My Own Heart
7. Little Sorrell
7. Wachovia

Don't Need Smoke To Make Myself Disappear (2006)
1. Don't Need Smoke To Make Myself Disappear
2. Love Clown

Hope For Men (2007)
1. People Person
2. Secret Admirer
3. A Bad Wind
4. Scrapbooking
5. I've Still Got You (Ice Cream)
6. Fantasy World
7. I'm Turning Now
8. Caught Licking Leather
9. The Jogger
10. My Bad

King Of Jeans (2009)
1. False Jesii Part 2
2. Half Idiot
3. Dream Smotherer
4. Pleasure Race
5. She Is Science Fiction
6. Request For Masseuse
7. Human Upskirt
8. Lip Ring
9. Spent
10. R-Rated Movie
11. Dominate Yourself
12. Goodbye Hair

Sam Kinison Woman (2010)
1. Sam Kinison Woman
2. L Word

Honeys (2013)
1. Bathroom Laughter
2. Chain Worker
3. Romanticize Me
4. Vain In Costume
5. You're Different (In Person)
6. Cafeteria Food
7. Something About Mrs. Johnson
8. Male Gaze
9. Cathouse
10. Loubs
11. Health Plan
12. Teenage Adult

Tuesday 5 November 2013

The Void Is Here Split - 51 - 50/Yoshitonic

'The Void Is Here Split'
51 - 50/Yoshitonic

Genre/s: Grindcore, Powerviolence, Hardcore, Fastcore
For Fans Of:In Disgust, Excruciating Terror, Worn Out, Backslider, Spoonful Of Vicodin

(Band Submission)

So I got this super nice email from a guy called Justin, who's just started up his own DIY label , and the first release he's put out is this awesome split between 51-50 and Yoshitonic. 51-50's side is short, sweet and noisy as fuck - it's fastcore drenched in chaotic energy, healthy amounts of distortion  and raw fury. Yoshitonic deal a similar blow, albeit in the form of filthy, filthy grindviolence, with a dash of sludge and minecore thrown in for good measure. It's a brutal split, and I'm pretty excited to see what else both bands will put out in the future.


1. Sleep
2. Hyperfocused Youth
3. Whatever
4. Stone
5. Machozoid

6. Human Haze
7. Mongo Chango
8. Universe Coagulation
9. Sunday Vest
10. Cornogrind


Monday 4 November 2013

Kayo Dot - Gamma Knife

'Gamma Knife'
Kayo Dot

Genre/s: Avant Garde Metal, Progressive Metal, Experimental
For Fans Of: Maudlin Of The Well, Xiu Xiu, Naked City, Gorguts

It's metal Jim, but not as we know it - in fact I'm not entirely sure whether it counts as 'metal' at all.
Kayo Dot are probably one of those bands that will either alienate you entirely on your first listen or draw you in completely. Not content with hogging numerous 'metal' subgenres (death, doom, progressive) Kayo Dot add everything from classical, jazz, chamber music and post rock into their incredibly complex re-imaging of chamber music. Intro track 'Lethe' will barely cue you into the chaos, but as soon as the second track, 'Rite Of Goetic Evocation', kicks in, you'll be thrown into Kayo Dot's multi-faceted misama of noise with nary a warning to speak of. Gamma Knife is probably the busiest album you'll ever hear, saxophones duel with death growls, the drums explode into bursts of jazz-prog freakouts and the guitars just try to clamber to the top of everything just to be heard. There are moments of beauty however - airy vocals, tinkling orchestral arrangements and soothing melodies are an invitation to catch your breath and reflect on Gamma Knife's louder moments, before they come back and leave you breathless again

1. Lethe
2. Rite of Goetic Evocation
3. Mirror Water, Lightning Night
4. Ocellated God
5. Gamma Knife


Mike IX Williams - Glass Torn And War Shortage

'Glass Torn And War Shortage: The Purposeful Poisoning Of A Shardless Society'
Mike IX Williams

Genre/s: Harsh Noise, Power Electronics
For Fans Of: Swallowing Bile, Prurient, The Guilt Of...

Known for his work with legendary sludge band Eyehategod, Mike IX Williams is also a keen purveyor of fucked up electronic misanthropy. His work in The Guilt Of... and Corrections House has shown that Williams is no stranger to electronics, but this very limited cassette showcases a much rawer, darker sound. Williams rants and screams his way over screaming feedback, static walls and eerie ambient sections for the duration of this release and while it's a much more stripped back, unconventional approach to music, it really recalls the overwhelming sense of helplessness and nihilism that Eyehategod made their name with. You'll have a tricky time tracking this down in digital form, let alone physical (199 copies were made, all of which were coated in glass dust and shards) so snag this while you can - it's an amazing harsh noise release by a very talented individual.

1. Side A
2. Side B


Mental Waste - Permanent Damage

'Permanent Damage'
Mental Waste

Genre/s: Fastcore, Hardcore, Powerviolence
For Fans Of: xBrainiax, Threatener, Shackles, Coke Bust

(Band Submission)

Well I gotta say I liked this band as soon as I heard the Watchmen sample, though it helps that they also play some pretty swell music. Breakneck speeds, thrashy riffs, starts and stops and seriously pissed off vocals make Permanent Damage a force to be reckoned with. Nothing on this release is over a minute long, in fact nothing is longer than thirty five seconds, so it's clear that Mental Waste have taken brevity to whole new levels. These guys have got a few releases up on bandcamp, they're all free and they all fucking rip. Check it out.

1. Tired
2. Hope
3. Dirt
4. No one
6. Void
7. Done
8. Blind
9. Generation
10. Acceptance


M.O.R.A - Self Titled


Genre/s: Hardcore, Metalcore
For Fans Of: Integrity, Left For Dead, Cro Mags, Gehenna

(Band Submission)

M.O.R.A are a five piece hardcore band from Helsinki, Finland. They play a style that infuses both newer and older styles of the genre while adding their own distinct touch, courtesy of vocalists Pila and Suvi. The dual vocal barrage and meaty riffage make for a ferocious combo -  one that constantly pummels you throughout this release. Finland may not be known for its hardcore scene, but here's hoping these guys (and gals) put it on the map.

1. Intro
2. Feikki
3. Neulan alla
4. Liika on liikaa
5. Mun jutut
6. S.O.S
7. Sika V.I.P
8. Nollatoleranssi
9. Suorittajat


Saturday 2 November 2013

BruceXCampbell - We Are All Kamikaze

'We Are All Kamikaze'

Genre/s: Grindcore
For Fans Of: Phobia, Wormrot, Insect Warfare, 50/50

For a band with such a silly name, BruceXCampbell put out some pretty fucking brutal grindcore. The LA Grinders round off their assault with awesome grooves, top notch drumming and absolutely devastating, guttural vocals. If you like your grind with a sense of humour, and if Evil Dead happens to be your favourite horror movie - this one's for you.

1. Drenched In Blood
2. Bruised & Battered
3. Path Of Death
4. Carlos Song
5. 2 Cups Of Shut The Fuck Up
6. Deadites
7. Noize Attack
8. Bruce Campbell Anthem
9. Kill Your Way Through
10. Reagan Smash !
11. UNHOLY GRAVE COVER !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

12. Ass & Titties


Jesuit - Discography

1995 - 1999

Genre/s: Sludge, Metalcore, Chaotic Hardcore
For Fans Of: Converge, Old Man Gloom, Cave In, Botch

Jesuit were a short lived 90s metalcore band that featured members of Converge and The Dillinger Escape Plan. In their short time as a band, they released two EPs and a demo, which are featured in this discography. Jesuit's music was a noisy blend of sludge metal and chaotic metalcore, with unhealthy levels of dissonance and distortion. If you like your hardcore noisy as fuck, or if you like any of the bands on Hydra Head's roster, you'll like these dudes.

1. Car Crash Lullaby
2. Your Sharp Teeth
3. Cop Glasses
4. Hole in the Sky
5. Servitude
6. The Malady
7. Suicide King
8. Tranzor Z
9. The Smooth Talking Son of a Bitch
10.  Trigger
11. Canonize

12. Expatriate


Cult Ritual - 1st LP

'1st LP'
Cult Ritual

Genre/s: Hardcore, Punk, Noise Rock
For Fans Of: White Guilt, Nazi Dust, Raw Nerve, Total Abuse

Cult Ritual are probably the fore bearers of the micro genre known as 'Mysterious Guy Hardcore', which is basically just like regular hardcore, but a bit rawer and with very little information about the band itself. Cult Ritual have gained something of a cult (sorry) status after disbanding in 2009 for their unrelenting, noisy assault on senses. On this LP, the band revels in feedback, atonality and scuzzy riffing with filthy, bratty vocals spat over the top of it. This album is brutally minimal, primal and not nearly as pretentious as half of the stuff that Youth Attack seems to put out these days. This is essentially a modern hardcore masterpiece, and if you haven't heard it - you fucking should.

1. Holidays
2. Horror Sale
3. Ugly Years
4. Nailed
5. Failed
6. Saturday's Blood
7. Last Time

8. Cancer Money


The Gerogerigegege - Yellow Trash Bazooka

'Yellow Trash Bazooka'
The Gerogerigegege

Genre/s: Harsh Noise, Noisecore
For Fans Of: Hijokaidan, Deche Charge, Naked City, Hanatarash, Anal Cunt

79 tracks. 11 minutes.
Nuff said.
The Gerogerigegege were an infamous Japanoise act who were known for their on-stage antics (usually involving masturbation) and the for the disappearance of their frontman.  Musically they explored the realms of junk noise, ambient and even conventional rock, though arguably they are most widely recognised for their forays into noisecore. Yellow Trash Bazooka is a concept album, surprisingly, and it's about the letter 'G'. Every song on this album starts with the letter G (Gape, Gang Bang, Gynecologist etc etc) and along with the hilarious count-ins (ONETWOTHREEFAAAAR) they tend to be the only deciphrable lyrics in the four second long songs on this EP. While this release is most likely a giant joke, there is some excellent harsh noise on this album - albeit in very short bursts.


Not even going to bother with this one


Cows - Cunning Stunts

'Cunning Stunts'

Genre/s: Post Hardcore, Alternative, Noise Rock
For Fans Of: Cherubs, Cosmic Psychos, Karp, Killdozer

Cows were a post hardcore band that towed the line between noise rock, punk and blues - and still managed to sound coherent, somehow. In their 9 years as a band, Cows established their niche sound, throwing melody, dissonance, humour and disregard for conventional style into a blender to create an oddball offshoot of alternative rock. Singer Shannon Selberg's whiny drawl, as well as his bugle (I shit you not) and harmonica playing add to the eclectic nature of the band, and along with the distorted guitar riffs and strange song structures it's almost like this band is trying to alienate you from their music. Cunning Stunts was Cows' third album, and while it does show signs of the band taking on minor 'pop sensibilities', it's still a scuzzy, roughly hewn noise rock album at heart.

1. Heave Ho
2. Walks Alone
3. Contamination
4. Mr. Cancelled
5. Mine
6. Midnight Cowboy
7. Everybody
8. Two Little Pigs
9. The Woman Inside
10. Terrifique
11. Down Below

12. Ort


Friday 1 November 2013

Omotai - Terrestrial Grief

'Terrestrial Grief'

Genre/s: Metalcore, Sludge, Post Metal, Noise Rock
For Fans Of: KEN Mode, Fight Amp, Cave In, Old Man Gloom

On Terrestrial Grief, Omotai bring a plethora of heavy genres together in unholy matrimony, to create 11 tracks of metallic chaos. Am Rep madness meets the like of Georgian metal (Kylesa, Baronees, Mastodon etc) as the three create and absolutely massive sounding record. The songs vary between lightning fast thrash riffing, dissonant chords and progressive noodling, while drummer Anthony Vallejo and singer/guitarist Sam Waters trade off with their hoarse, gruff vocals. All in all Terrestrial Grief is a well rounded album: the brawnier metal parts blend well with the cold, mechanical technicality of the songwriting along with album's more noisier, discordant sections.

1. Vela Hotel
2. This is for Zora
3. Spanish Constellation
4. Spidercave
5. Seabitch  
6. Terrestrial Grief  
7. Lurching Away
8. Orison  
9. Life in the Hive  
10. Hollow Innards  
11. Yuri


Dressed In Wires - Puke Sculptures

'Puke Sculptures'
Dressed In Wires
2002 - 2012

Genre/s: Noise, Dark Ambient, Drone, Experimental

(Band Submission)

From what I could piece together from some rather obtuse bios and descriptions, Dressed In Wires is an experimental solo project that dabbles in the realm of laptop noise. This discography spans every possible genre and sub-genre within the experimental electronic category - with over an hour's worth of material you'll hear everything from bleeps, guitar drones, severely fucked up beats, harsh metallic noise and static walls. It's a very impressive collection of horrible sounds, and the range of textures and noises are mind boggling. Well worth your time, providing that you're willing to submit your ears to a bit of punishment.

(Presented as one continuous track)

1. This’ll Be Our Little Secret, If You Tell Anyone I’ll Rip Your Mouth Out
2. Dressed Um Wire, He Make Um Fire! Uuh! RUHH! .......nggNnggng! Uhg! UHHG! Um HEAD Um           Fire! NnnnUNG!!
3. Chopped Up In A Bath As Well, Which Is About Fucking Typical
4. Your Body Learns
5. And Every Car Was On Fire, Which Is Most Unlike You
6. Shock & Awe Motherfucker
7. It Brings The Out Yeast In Me
8. Whale Stomach
9. Play Nice
10. Ayalah
11. Captain, Shit!!! We've Hit A Noiseberg! It's A Bit Like An Iceberg, But It's Made Out Of Noise And         The Penguins On It Are Dead Grumpy
12. Paedophile Fence
13. Bodies Of Teenage Girls Cut From Car Wreckage
14. Blood Touching Glass
15. The Dead Swell
16. Zoo Begins Look Into Hearts Of Apes
17. Miscarriage, Where Were You?
18. Drool; Mewl, Too
19. I Will Survive And What Will Be Left Of Me


Skin Like Iron - Arrival

Skin Like Iron

Genre/s: Hardcore, Crust
For Fans Of: Cursed, Tragedy, Young And In The Way, Ekkaia

Skin Like Iron are a rather prolific hardcore band, and among their releases is a split with Nails - though this four piece band could not be more different from the beefy metal/hardcore juggernauts.
Skin Like Iron play a melodic style of hardcore, with nods to crust punk, neocrust and d-beat some forays into experimental and post-rock. Led by furious, snarled vocals that tow the line between crust punk and black metal and surprisingly bright guitars, Arrival is certainly a unique album in terms of hardcore.

1. Arrival
2. Blame
3. Legion
4. Silence Swells
5. Freeze
6. Blame II
7. Consequence
8. Dim Horizon

9. Reason Refrains


Gnaw Thier Tongues - Eschatological Scatology

'Eschatological Scatology'
Gnaw Their Tongues

Genre/s: Black Metal, Blackened Noise, Industrial Metal, Avant Garde Metal
For Fans Of:  Deathspell Omega, The Howling Wind, De Magium Veterum, Portal

Gnaw Their Tongues is one of a few solo projects from Netherlands musician Maurice De Jong. A vile concoction of avant garde and black metal,Eschatological Scatology has a pervasive, foreboding atmosphere of chaos, terror and madness. Maurice De Jong's excellent use of sampling, noise and layers along with regular instrumentation (guitars, drums etc) lends itself to an immense wall of sound; there's just so much going on at any given second that you'll need multiple listens to take it all in. Plus the use of orchestral instruments gives certain parts of this album an almost 'bombastic' feel (think Hans Zimmer meets black metal), which makes for an interesting contrast to the whirling vortex of noise. This is by no means a conventional black metal album, it's way cooler than one, and it is most certainly worth subjecting your ears to.

1. Eschatological Scatology
2.The Messianic Downfall
3. Deepwood Bodytrap
4. Lash Cultus
5. Master I Am Done
6. A Sinister Lurking Grave
7.The Golden Altar Burns
8.The Atrocious Angel Of Scatology


Eddy Current Suppression Ring - Rush To Relax

'Rush To Relax'
Eddy Current Suppression Ring

Genre/s: Garage Rock, Surf Rock, Punk, Indie
For Fans Of: The Wipers, Wavves, Hot Snakes, The Gories

If you happen to like beaches, Australian accents and single coil guitars, boy have I got the album for you. Eddy Current Suppression Ring are a garage rock foursome from Melbourne, Australia who take minimalism to whole new levels. Recorded in just six hours, this album is raw, genuine and very rough around the edges. Rush To Relax ducks and weaves between frantic punk energy, laid back surf-rock vibes and raucous garage rock jams, while singer Brendan Suppression rants and raves his way over 10 tracks - yet somehow it's still one of the most mellow, laid back albums I've ever listened to. Give it a listen, zone out and just chill.

1. Anxiety
2. I Got A Feeling
3. Tuning Out
4. Gentleman
5. Walking Into A Corner
6. Second Guessing
7. I Can Be A Jerk
8. Burn
9. Isn't It Nice
10. Rush To Relax


Sara Stain - Void Blossoms EP

'Void Blossoms'
Sara Stain

Genre/s: Grindcore
For Fans Of: Jenny Picolo, Mother Brain, Syntax

Sara Stain are a three piece band from Ohio, and with this EP they've put out an absolutely phenomenal selection of grind tunes. I've heard literally nothing about these dudes on the interwebs, which is a real shame given the quality of their material. This is straight up grindcore, with spitfire raspy, throat shredding vocals and absolutely relentless songwriting. Do yourself a favour and check this one out.


1. Void Blossoms
2. Tiffin Tuff
4. Hunter St. Blues
5. Teenage
6. Kinda Butthurt
7. Hi-Bar
8. Sick Ooer