Thursday 27 November 2014

L.O.T.I.O.N - First Audio Document

'First Audio Document'

Review by Brayden Bagnall

Genre/s: Industrial, Punk, Hardcore, Noise
For Fans Of: SPK, Throbbing Gristle, Primitive Calculators, G.I.S.M, Teenage Atari Riot, Nitzer Ebb

So some leather jacket wearing punk falls into the teleportation device from The Fly whilst holding a copy of Tetsuo: The Iron Man and a battered mixtape consisting of old EBM and industrial bands. The doors seal shut, our punk hero is beamed to the next chamber and emerges as some sort of organic/machine hybrid writhing in agony and screaming in pain. Throw some sort of conclusion onto that and you've got what could've been a fairly accurate analogy for this release from L.O.T.I.O.N.
First Audio Document is the New York band's first demo, and provides an excellent soundtrack to some sort of pulsating, metal and machine fetish club from hell. It's the blown out, distorted drum machines from digital hardcore melded with the feedback blasts and synth noise of industrial, topped off with the aggression and organic touch of punk. Every ingredient here just melts into one glorious lake of static and fuzz, driven on by incredibly persistent percussion and barked commanding vocals.
L.O.T.I.O.N have stumbled into the bleak, John Carpenter-esque future of punk and it sounds pretty fucking cool.

1. Militarized Urban Zone
2. Computers Don't Have A Heartbeat
3. White Man In A Uniform
4. Genetic Warfare
5. Welcome To The Civilized World
6. Does The FBI Own Or Currently Use Drones And If So For What Purpose?


Wednesday 26 November 2014

Fuck The Facts - Abandoned

Fuck The Facts

(Band Submission)

Review by Brayden Bagnall

Genre/s: Grindcore
For Fans Of: Maruta, Mumakil, Blockheads, Rotten Sound, Afgrund, Cloud Rat

Fuck The Facts really need no introduction - the French Canadian band has been playing their self coined brand of 'bastardized grindcore' for just over fifteen years now, and have a rather prolific catalog of releases under their collective belt.
Abandoned is the latest three track EP from the four piece, and again showcases their ability to write songs that are both ridiculously heavy and intense, while jamming neat little melodic sections in any available section. Seriously, in the first song alone there's hints of melodic death metal, neocrust, hardcore and grindcore that transition perfectly into each other. The impressive musicianship is matched by the dynamic, dual vocal combination of Mel Mongeon and Marc Bourgon who provide high shrieks and throaty lows respectively. On Abandoned, Fuck The Facts really do come off as a band with an endless source of interesting new ideas, and the constant twists and turns the three songs here take reaffirm this.
Abandon is available to stream and download of their bandcamp for a measly $1 CAD, but they've also most graciously included a free download link for the blog. I highly recommend you check this out and swing by their bandcamp later where you'll find all of their releases available to stream and purchase.

1. Endless Emptiness
2. Disabused
3. L'impasse


Consumer Electronics - Selected Discography

Consumer Electronics
1982 - 2009

Review by Brayden Bagnall

Genre/s: Power Electronics, Harsh Noise
For Fans Of: Whitehouse, Sutcliffe Jugend, Ramleh, Final Solution, Com Dom

So Consumer Electronic's latest album Estuary English is definitely poised to be one of my favourite albums of the year - Phillip Best is actually getting angrier as he gets older, and the sheer amount of venom on it has been completely and utterly unmatched by anything else this year.
I digress however, as this post covers most of Consumer Electronic's previous material, starting from 1982 and continuing onward until the late 2000s. For those of you who are new to the whole 'power electronics' thing, Consumer Electronics began as a side project for Whitehouse member Phillip Best (aka The Scary One - not counting Peter Sotos). Evolving from the shrill, minimal soundscapes that Whitehouse were utilizing in the mid 80s into what can only be described as hyper aggressive spoken word rants backed by piercing harsh noise and garbled beats, Phillip Best has collaborated with the likes of Masami Akita (which by the way, I've reviewed previously here), Gary Mundy (Skullflower, Ramleh) and Mattin (Billy Bao) and has recently toured with Sleaford Mods - of all things.
Below you'll find the 6 releases I've managed to track down, all of which showcase Consumer Electronic's brilliant power electronics throughout the past three decades.


Public Attack 3 (1982)
1. Fellatio
2. Pricktease
3. Animals
4. Fuck The I.R.A.
5. Rubbersex
6. Vibro
7. Murman

Leathersex (1982)
1. Side A
2. Side B

Teenage Nuremberg (1995)
1. Teenage Nuremburg
2. Sex Deaths
3. Fusing Devices
4. Genesis Of A Child Star
5. Dodd
6. Your Zen Is Shit

Horn Of The Goat w. Merzbow (1995)
1. Horn Of The Goat
2. Dirty Jessie
3. Korean Comfort
4. History Of Child Porno In 70's Rock
5. Goodbye Lesley

Nobody's Ugly (2007)
1. Black Cotton Wool
2. Grubbing

Crowd Pleaser (2009)
1. Hand To Mouth
2. Cockpit
3. Crowd Pleaser
4. Parking Lot
5. Oily Possibilities

Missing Releases:
CE 2 - 1982
Self Titled CS - 1982
Tease - 1983
Sex Pig: Live USA - 2013
Harbinger Sound @ The 100 Club - 2014
Estuary English - 2014

Tuesday 25 November 2014

Reality Compilation....Compilation

'Reality, Reality #2, #3 and #4'
Various Artists
1996 - 2002

Review by Brayden Bagnall

Genre/s: Powerviolence, Grindcore, Hardcore, Fastcore, Doom, Sludge, Noise Rock
For Fans Of Comps Such As: Bllleeeeaaauuurrrrgghhh!, Possessed To Skate, This Comp Kills Fascists, Cry Now Cry Later

We've all seen it before: some kid's finally put the mosh shorts and Terror shirts to rest, and has begun poking around the darker, danker fringes of hardcore and punk only to arrive at this vital question 'can anyone recommend me any PV bands?'. Cue the barrage of suggestions that include ACxDC, Weekend Nachos and Ceremony's first few albums and you have all the ingredients for internet-music-nerd-rage and what I  can only assume would be a a broken heart - if I had one. Merely the thought of this brings a tear to my eye, so in a fit of manic uploading and cataloging I've sought to address this problem for anyone dipping their toes into the gnarly world of 90s powerviolence, and its various other offshoots.
Here we have four compilations put out by Deep Six, starting in the mid 90s. The Reality comps brought together some of the biggest names in powerviolence, grindcore, sludge and hardcore that were doing the rounds in LA at the time, as well as some forgotten and rarely mentioned gems (looking at you Unruh and Peter Mangalore). Part 3 sees the roster expanding to Chicago (Los Crudos) and San Diego (The Locust) and Part 4 even includes non US acts such as 324, Dudman and uh, Haymaker. I guess.
All in all, you're unlikely to find a better collection of classic PV bands in one place - an ideal starting point for you newbs out there or a excellent addition to any self respecting fan of the genre. All four comps - that's three 12"s and a 7" are here for your listening pleasure.


Reality (1996)
1. Excruciating Terror - In Control
2. Lack Of Interest - Impeached
3. Despise You - Copied Demise
4. Spazz - Gnome Servant
5. Crom - Hungry?
6. Man Is The Bastard - Tomb Ride

Reality #2 (1997)
1. Asshole Parade - Soldiers
2. Excruciating Terror - Without Mercy
3. Dystopia - Backstabber
4. Infest - Cold Inside
5. Despise You - Memories Of Tomorrow
6. Lack Of Interest - No Sweat
7. Gasp - Planet Of The Apes
8. Suppression - Gangland Bodystak'em (C.I.A./Mafia Murder Conspiracy) / Human Fear
9. Noothgrush - Encasing
10. No Comply - The Empire Kids
11. Spazz  - Animal Liberation Now
12. Purgatoria - Infamous Deception
13. Man Is The Bastard - Untitled
14. Capitalist Casualties - Sentenced
15. Stapled Shut - Chavala
16. Enemy Soil - Common Ground
17. Evolved To Obliteration - Fucked Up Asshole
18. Bad Acid Trip - Plate Of Shrimp
19. C:###  - Skidmark

Reality #3 (1999)
1. Crudos  - Sin Titulo
2. The Locust - Dog Without A Collar
3. Su19b - Bullshit Propaganda
4. Infest - Dead At Birth
5. Ruido - You're Not Human
6. Jenny Piccolo - Heavy Metal Weekend / Suicide Cliche
7. Halo Epidemic - Bench Warmer
8. MK Ultra - 52 Fluid Ounces
9. Black Army Jacket - 222 Part II 1998
10. Visual Discrimination - Solutions
11. Charles Bronson - Rich Crusties Shall Pay
12. Peter Mangalore - Gerwalk
13. Dropdead - Us And Them
14. Corrupted - Reference
15. Phobia - Stink Head / State And Enemy
16. Benumb - Liberation
17. Hellnation - Fight With No Fear
18. Bred On Deception - Slave To Convenience

Reality #4 (2002)
1. 324 - Garden
2. Haymaker - Stressed Out
3. Hawgjaw - Embrace The Absence
4. Low Threat Profile - Untitled
5. In Spite - Back Fat Removed With Pickax
6. Manchurian Candidates - In Good Faith
7. Progeria - Either Way / Neglected / Empty Words
8. Toshiro Mifune - Throw Me The Idol, I'll Throw You The Whip.
9. Overpowering - El Feo / Enemigo De Mis Sueños
10. Overpowering - El Que Acecha Desde La Esquina
11. Ruido  - Soledad Cortada / Snuffed Soul
12. Unruh - Fear And Loathing Among The Working Class
13. I Found God - Running Out Of Time
14. Lack Of Interest - Untitled
15. Su19b - Shortage Of Oxygen
16. Damad - Mindmatic
18. Sepsism - Festering Within
19. Stress - The System
20. Self Inflicted- Beware Of The Water
21. Pretty Little Flower- Victorious Insurgence
22. Dudman - Fight Or Flight
23. Lana Dagales - Metamorphosis / Conjuncture
24. Lana Dagales - Extending Capitalist Ladder/The Great Division
25. Bred On Deception - The Gingrich Who Stole Congress
26. H.Pylori - Cycle / In Deep
27. Haloepidemic - 40 Hour Decent

Sunday 23 November 2014

Swinging Balls - Swinging Balls

'Swinging Balls'
Swinging Balls

(Band Submission)

Genre/s: Noise Rock, Sludge, Doom
For Fans Of: Flipper, Cherubs, Harvey Milk, Swans, Sleep, Melvins

Remember the first time you listened to 'Lysol' by Melvins, or 'Dopesmoker' by Sleep? Those looooooooooong, continuous droney riffs pouding away at your skull until the bass and drums kick in, essentially resulting in what the experts are calling an 'eargasm'?
You're in luck, as this self titled debut from Swinging Balls opens with exactly that kind of formula, and from there on in explores the full range of downtrodden sounds offered by down tuned guitars and oppressively slow tempos.
Hailing from Coventry, England, the four piece's off kilter style of music borrows from doom metal and sludge, adds some angular noise rock and the nihilistic, repetitious tendencies  of early 80s Swans. Top the plodding bass and guitar riffs of with a gruff vocal performance that sounds like a cross between Cherub's Kevin Whitley and Harvey Milk's Creston Spiers, you've got a winning combination that's as sonically hefty as it is diverse.

1. Riff
2. Sabbath
3. Sleepbombs (Ripped to Pieces)
4. Last Song, Last Set

Tuesday 18 November 2014


I'm sure that if you're into punk and you have an internet connection, you've probably seen something about punk from Japan. Everybody knows about Gauze and G.I.S.M., but neither of those bands is really a good representative of the punk that came out of Japan at the time.  Sure, both were hugely influential to punk there and around the world, but there aren't many other bands who sound like them.  I could attempt to give a history lesson or rave for hours about how Japanese punk is really awesome, but that's been done about a million times already so I don't see much of a point.  Plus, I feel as if a lot of people who do that seem to fetishize Japan in the same way that weeaboos do.

This megapost contains 20 of my favorite Japanese punk EPs released in the early 1980s (through '85).  I left out the super obvious ones (The Stalin, Lipcream, Zouo, Kuro, etc) but for the most part I feel these aren't too obscure.  That doesn't mean I didn't throw in a couple hard to track down goodies, but the main reason for making this megapost is to introduce newcomers to early 80s Japanese punk without them having to go on a scavenger hunt all over the internet (or spend over $200 on a 5 minute flexi shipping from half way across the globe).  There's something in here for everyone: noisy, weird, thrashy, dark, fast, and even some straightforward, ripping hardcore/punk.

So, enough of that, let's just get to the fucking music...

'No More Hiroshima' 

Aside from SS and The Stalin, Gas is probably one of the best examples of hardcore punk emerging in Japan.
'Plastic Scandal'
奇形児 (Kikeiji)

This band offered some off kilter, yet still very catchy punk similar to the UK's Gang Of Four.

Masturbation dished out nasty, dark, repetitive punk. There's a lot of deathrock and post-punk vibes on this, but it still has the raw aggression of early hardcore punk.
あぶらだこ (Aburadako)

Although they would later become an avant-garde group, Aburadako started by playing wonky, noisy punk. There's not really anything else that sounds like this.
'Go To Hell !'
The Execute

The Execute played bulldozing hardcore punk with some metal tinges thrown in for good measure.
'Hiromi’s Party Part 1'

This band gets frequently overlooked and I have no idea why. Their only release was this three song flexi, but it's overloaded with badass stomping fury.
自我 (Jiga)

This one's fairly straightforward hardcore punk laced with some metal influence, but it's a total ripper.
'Carry Out Fucking'

I can't help but feel this band was probably a huge influence on Death Side and other late 80s thrashing hardcore punk bands.  It should also be noted that I like this band way more than the neo-thrash band with the same name.

L.S.D. played some totally fucked blown out stompy hardcore punk with delayed vocals. I shouldn't have to say anything other than that.
'Many Question Poison Answer'

This is a good example of what would come to be known as "noise punk." It's lofi, fast, and totally reckless; so in other words, essential.
'The Middle East Combat Area'
The Clay

The Clay slams you with riffs on riffs.  They're kind of like the missing link between UK82 (Discharge, G.B.H.) and late 80s Burning Spirits bands (Death Side, Tetsu Arrey).


Mobs is similar to The Clay in that they play nasty, riff driven hardcore similar to what was being played in the UK at the time.  Despite the comparison, they still hold their own.
愚鈍 (Gudon)

If you want lofi, you got it. Probably one of my favorite Japanese punk releases of all time, this flexi absolutely destroys.

'In A Coma....'

Ever wonder how goth/deathrock would manifest itself in Japan's punk scene? Well, now you don't have to imagine anymore.

Of all the bands on this list, I'd say Gasmask is probably the closest sounding to US hardcore punk. Even though this material is pretty straightforward, there are some cool twists in the mix.

'Slow Down'
一家心中 (Ikka Shinjyuu)

This one is some ridiculously ripping, off kilter hardcore punk. The guitar work really cuts through on this one, it's got noise solos and dive bombs and riffs on riffs.
'The Last Days'
The Sexual

The Sexual played absolutely raging hardcore punk. This will make you want to punch something.
'From Born Til Die'
Rose Rose

This flexi is some totally rocking, fucked up punk.  It's got some fast parts, but a lot of it is fairly mid-paced and riff based.

Tranquilzer played ripping hardcore and their singer sounded like a bumble bee.  You'll see what I mean.
'Crime Of Existence'
Junk Schizo

This is some totally weirdo, off kilter hardcore punk.  It's got fast parts, it's got odd parts, so what's not to love?

Hopefully you now have some idea of what you're getting into. Everything has been put into one .rar file so you can grab it all at once. Go wild.


Monday 17 November 2014

Sewer Drainer - Sewer Drainer

'Sewer Drainer'
Sewer Drainer

Review by Brayden Bagnall

Genre/s: Blackened Punk, Hardcore, Raw Black Metal
For Fans Of: Bone Awl, Sexdrome, Sesso Violento, Redflesh, Euthanizer

Released in 2012 by masters of the esoteric, Ascetic House, this self titled tape from Sewer Drainer sounds like someone broke the window to a particularly noisy window to hell.
Embracing both the mysterious guy hardcore AND the mysterious black metal aesthetic, Sewer Drainer deliver four untitled tracks of stompy black punk bliss in the foulest, ugliest way possible.
Furthermore, the vocals on this thing are just the most ridiculously unhinged and gnarly barks I've heard on a blackened punk/hardcore release. I mean, the only words I could discern on this entire thing were 'die', over and over again - which speaks for itself really.
Frustratingly enough, this is the only thing Sewer Drainer have done and despite the quality of the tunes encased within IT JUST ISN'T ENOUGH. Rest assured these guys are probably in a hundred other different bands, making some other neat music, but maaaaaaaaaaan I'd kill for another release. Anywhoo, snag this one below and prepare to punch a small child. For satan.

1. Untitled
2. Untitled
3. Untitled
4. Untitled


Sunday 16 November 2014

Puke - Puke


Review by Brayden Bagnall

Genre/s: Hardcore, Grindcore
For Fans Of: Dead In The Dirt, Converge, Shackles, Rort,  Torch Runner, Suffer

Puke,(who are no longer with us unfortunately) dropped this doozy of a posthumous release just a few days ago, and boy won't it make you feel like a chump. No, I'm not just talking about the impressive songwriting and musicianship (which is as tight as it is crushingly heavy), but also the fact that Puke's four members were all under the age of 18 whilst recording this - and still attending  high school.
Puke's self titled EP contains 9 songs of rapid fire hardcore presented in chaotic, grindcore infused format. This thing basically spits riff after riff after riff at you in the most brutish, dissonant way possible while still retaining its furious momentum and pushing forward into the next bone shattering passage. While impressively technical, this EP never enters the dreaded realm of 'wankery' (god forbid) and instead recalls the sort of prowess utilized by the likes of Converge or Discordance Axis.
This EP seems to be stuck in digital purgatory for the time being, but on the plus side it's free - so snag it up and dig some of the gnarliest, heaviest tunes ever conceived by jail bait.

2. 0-1
7. etc


Saturday 15 November 2014

Raspberry Bulbs - Privacy

Raspberry Bulbs

Review by Joey

Genre/s: Blackened Punk, Noise Rock, Post-Punk, Industrial
For Fans Of: Rudimentary Peni, Masturbation, Drunks With Guns, Nurse With Wound

The follow up to 2013's "Deformed Worship" is here.  Listening to it, it's definitely a step above its predecessor; everything about this release feels incredibly cohesive and calculated, nothing feels out of place or random.  This is probably due to the fact that, now as a band rather than a solo project, Raspberry Bulbs have gotten much better at writing together.

Originally, Raspberry Bulbs was the project of Marco del Rio, a.k.a. He Who Crushes Teeth of Bone Awl.  He wrote and recorded numerous demos and even an LP before recruiting other musicians -- one of which was in the 90s hardcore band Rorschach -- to perform with him.  Raspberry Bulbs's music has always drawn very heavily from deathrock (Rudimentary Peni, Bauhaus), post-punk (Warsaw, Wipers), and noise rock (Drunks With Guns, Fang), while adding subtle tinges of black metal; all channeled through fuzz.  Unlike Bone Awl, Raspberry Bulbs really can't be classified as black metal (in fact del Rio is very insistent about this in every interview he's done, even if he isn't asked about it).

So, what should you expect from this release? Disgusting and dark riffs are accompanied by pounding drums, weaving bass lines, and topped off with spiteful, yet almost mournful howls. In between all of the full band tracks, there are industrial tracks which are very similar to Nurse With Wound and Coil; and they add an even more bleak and eerie feel to the album.  All of these parts come together in an amazing way to create a whole that is incredibly suffocating and feels like a downward spiral into the depths of oblivion.

1. Lionhead
2. II
3. Light Surrounds Me
4. IV
5. How The Strings Are Pulled
6. Nail Biting
7. VII
8. Finger Bones
9. IX
10. Behind The Glass
11. XI
12. Hopelessly Alive
13. XIII
14. Big Grin


Friday 14 November 2014

Constrictions - Zero Discrimination

'Zero Discrimination'

Review by Brayden Bagnall

Genre/s: Power Electronics, Harsh Noise
For Fans Of: Deathpile, Sutcliffe Jugend, Koufar, Breathing Problem

Chicago, as we all know, has been doing some really cool things as of late in the noisy/fucked up/harsh side of music. The epicenter of most of these bands and projects would probably have to be the Diseased Audio label, who've been going at it since 2010. One of their earlier releases (np. 2 in fact) was this nasty piece of work from Constrictions.
Constrictions was a three piece power electronics group, consisting of members of Rectal Hygienics, Sea Of Shit, Consent and Socially Retarded. They only released two tapes, one comp track and played 3 shows before moving onto other things, but goddamn what they did do is VERY worth listening too.
Essentially you're about to be subjected to about ten minutes of harsh, crumbling electronics and a dual vocal attack, trading off in rapid fire, cut up succession. Each one of the tracks on Zero Discrimination sits around, so they're just jammed full of noisy, aggressive violence in extremely concise bursts - there's really no time for any of the tracks to become stale or boring.
If you're itching to get your crumbly, static-y power electronics fix, I suggest visiting either of the links below and snagging yourself a copy of this bad boy.

1. -
2. Zero Discrimination
3. Strength in Numbers
4. Dead Weight
5. -
6. Abscess


Never Human - Demo

Never Human

Review by Brayden Bagnall

Genre/s: Hardcore, D-Beat, Noise Punk
For Fans Of: Gag, Behavior, Disclose, Perfume River, Perspex Flesh

I don't know about you, but when I think Nova Scotia I immediately recall mental images of pirates and Scottish people. Not sure why, but neither of those things are remotely similar to the ugly, blown out hardcore that Nova Scotian band Never Human play.
Never Human's demo is bursting at the seams with unbridled, unhinged energy that manifests itself in the pissed off, washed out and delayed vocals and innumerable stompy breakdowns that flow in and out of the frantic drum galloping and thrashy riffs. This demo does the noisy hardcore thing well too, presenting itself as a cacophonic ball of fury without sounding like a wall of white noise with a drum track.
Chuck this on and prepare to get a little silly - this is prime throw down material.

1. Void Of Choice
2. Prone Pathetic
3. Erase
4. Deny
5. Not My Views
6. Conquest For Death (Necros)


Six Brew Bantha - Intravenously Commodified

'Intravenously Commodified'
Six Brew Bantha

Review by Brayden Bagnall

Genre/s: Grindcore
For Fans Of: Insect Warfare, Phobia, Pizza Hi-Five, PLF, Suffering Mind

Browsing Facebook today I came across a post from Six Brew Bantha containing a link to download their new album. Their bandcamp has since run out of free downloads, and they have most graciously uploaded it to mediafire - effectively doing half my job for me. Thanks guys!
For those of you new to SBB, they're a trio from Victoria, Canada who play meaty, concise grindcore with one of the best fucking snare sounds in modern grind. Their music is a sporadic and unpredictable as you could want from a grind band, and then more - constantly throwing tempo changes, new riffs and jarring stop/starts at you. That's not to say that they don't find time to settle into grooves (see album closer Trampled To Death) and thrash out some toe tappin', head noddin' numbers. All in all a very nice contribution from one of the better grindcore bands going around today.
Intravenously Commodofied - it's mean, lean and fast - and it came pre-uploaded, courtesy of the band - what more could you want?

1. The Architect
2. Mass Surveillance
3. Intravenously Commodified
4. Shadow Banking
5. Anti-Music Part 2
6. Perception Asleep
7. Belligerent Apathy
8. Development
9. Trampled to Death


Incapacitants - Ministry Of Foolishness

'Ministry Of Foolishness'

Review by Brayden Bagnall

Genre/s: Harsh Noise
For Fans Of: MSBR, Macronympha, Bizarre Uproar, Merzbow, Pain Jerk

 Incapacitants are one of my favourite Japanoise acts for several reasons.
a) They look like this
b) They have respectable day jobs as bankers and public servants
c) Their live shows are UTTERLY INSANE
d) and this release here
The formidable duo of Toshiji Mikawa (ex Hijokaidan) and Fumio Kosakai (Hijokaidan and C.C.C.C) present 75 minutes of the most dense, apocalyptic walls of noise ever to be captured and contained within a recording. Each track on Ministry Of Foolishness extends past the twenty minute mark, into some transcendental realm of noise zen where the constant, unrelenting swash of sounds all but melts your brain. There's not one moment on this where the duo lets up at all, only the maelstrom of static, feedback and distorted yelps and screams that comprise the three tracks here.
Yes, you do have to be in a pretty fucking masochistic state of mind to subject yourself to the full running time of Ministry Of Foolishness, but once you muscle past that you'll be rewarded with a classic noise release that gets better and better with each subsequent listen.

1. Stone River
2. Sky Valley
3. Village Wood


Mutter - Trashed Body

'Trashed Body'

(Band Submission)

Genre/s: Atmospheric Black Metal, DSBM, Experimental Black Metal, Ambient
For Fans Of: Mamaleek, Wolves In The Throne Room, Locrian, Jesu, Pink City

Black metal is no stranger to synthesizers and guitar-less tracks - but to extend that beyond a single ambient track on an album and to foreground the synth as the main instrument in the band is something else. Enter Mutter, a Western Massachusetts project that does just this.
On Trashed Body, the synthesizer is used to created lush drones and harsh oscillating burst of sound layered on top of each other to create an all encompassing wall of sound. Utilizing a drum machine as the means of percussion, Mutter switches between a more traditional black metal drum sound and a heavily distorted, electronic drum sound that borders on EBM or industrial. Combined with the washed out vocals, this thing just pummels you with this constant barrage of stark, experimental black metal and frost ambiance.

1. Hell Is Your Body
2. Mud Wasp
3. A Stranger In Your House
4. Spore Breather
5. Dry Cum


Polvo - Today's Active Lifestyles

'Today's Active Lifestyles'

Review by Brayden Bagnall

Genre/s: Post Hardcore, Math Rock
for Fans Of: Drive Like Jehu, June Of 44, Shellac, Slint, Don Caballero

Fun fact #1: Lazy Comet currently sits at no. 8 for my most played tracks on
Fun fact #2: Thermal Treasure is also no. 11 on the same list
I love this album. A lot. In fact I've gone an entire week listening to this on repeat. It's. That. Good. And now I think you should listen to it.
For the uneducated, Polvo were a pioneering math rock band from North Carolina. In the early 90s they begun confusing the burgeoning post hardcore/indie scene with their drop tuned guitars (I'm fairly certain parts of this album are in drop B. DROP B) and weird time signatures - to the point where people thought their guitars weren't tuned they didn't know how to play their respective instruments. While they weren't as agressive as say, Drive Like Jehu or as blatantly experimental as Don Caballero, reality was Polvo's music was pretty straightforward by today's whacky, twinklenerd standards. Today's Active Lifestyles pretty much cements Polvo as one of my favourite 90s albums (sits just below Spiderland if you must know). It's 10 indie tinged post hardcore bangers complete with angular melodies, deadpan vocal delivery and incredibly catchy songwriting. It's not an overwhelmingly serious album, but it has it's heavier moments so you can listen to something reasonably lighthearted while keeping your emo cred.
I'm going to stop rambling on about this album, but you should probably go listen to it if you haven't already because it's good. I already mentioned that didn't I? Well it is, okay.

1. Thermal Treasure
2. Lazy Comet
3. My Kimono
4. Sure Shot
5. Stinger (Five Wigs)
6. Tilebreaker
7. Shiska
8. Time Isn't On My Side
9. Action Vs. Vibe
10. Gemini Cusp


Dry Rot - Phillistine

Dry Rot

Review by Brayden Bagnall

Genre/s: Hardcore, Noise Rock
For Fans Of: NASA Space Universe, Slices, Libyans, Pygmy Shrews, Venom P. Stinger, Saccharine Trust

Here lies before us a band taken before it's time. A potent blend of pent up rage, weirdo punk angst and hardcore experimentation. Simply put it's a good fucking band who made some angry fucking tunes in gloriously off kilter fashion.
Dry Rot are the band in question, and this here LP Philistine collects 17 of their strung out, hardcore ragers in a slightly uneasy to digest package. This thing splices straight up power chord stomp fests with wonky breakdowns (the opening track Hairless has one such breakdown that will embed itself in your memory and not budge), borderline jazz/no wave freakouts reminiscent of No Trend and even ambient drones. Together it's a frantic and manic example of how good punk can be when it's played with more than just three chords and snotty attitude. I should also mention that a member of the veritable granddaddies of weirdo punk, Saccharine Trust, lent their talents to this album - and if that ain't the only seal of approval you need, than you're on the wrong blog pal

1. Hairless
2. Seen In The Dark
3. Mass Love
4. Honey Stomachs
5. Gas Tube
6. All The Crime In The World
7. My Darling Boy
8. Can A Game Kill Time?
9. Oldest Pornography
10. Maul Test
11. Observer
12. Ran Warm
13. No More Feet
14. Safety Bunker


ColumnIII - Forrotian


(Band Submission)

Review by Brayden Bagnall

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

ColumnIII are a band hailing from Tempe, Arizona who certainly live up to their bandcamp's page promise of 'NOISY ROCK'.
The four piece band play a brooding, progressive strain of sludge metal, steeped in dissonant atmospherics and glacial riffs. There's layers upon layers of sounds to pick apart here, but most notably there's an excellent interchange between the darker, noisier passages and some subtle, underlying melodic guitar and bass work. Forrotian also displays ColumnIII's multifaceted approach to songwriting - opening track Disdain is a more traditional sludgy post metal track, while Custom To Bury sits somewhere between angular noise rock and math rock. The title track itself is a more subdued affair with distant vocals and heavily delayed guitar lines mingling with a droning bass guitar.  Together it's 6 tracks of dark, heavy soundscapes interspersed with frosty melodies and stark quiet/loud dynamics.
Forrotian, along with three of ColumnIII's releases are available as pay-what-you-want downloads, the link to which you can find below.

1. Disdain
2. Chamber
3. Custom to Bury
4. Not to Preserve
5. Forrotian
6. Self-abasement


Monday 3 November 2014

Teitanblood - Death


Review by Joey

Genre/s: Blackened Death Metal, Black Metal, Death Metal
For Fans Of: Impetuous Ritual, Antediluvian, Blasphemy, Diocletian

Holy fucking shit, this album.  If you want to know what it feels like to be hit by a train without actually having to die or be severely injured, then this album is exactly what you're looking for. This thing is a total monster; it's intense and feels like an unstoppable juggernaut.  In total, this black/death rampage lasts around 68 minutes, but, even with my short attention span, I did not get bored once by this album despite its length.  Every second is jam packed with brutality and aggression.

The masterminds behind this masterpiece are Teitanblood, a Spanish black/death band who formed in 2003.  Since then, they have put out a demo, two splits, an EP, and two LPs (this being the second LP).  Now, I'm not going to say that Teitanblood is exploring uncharted territory, they play some pretty straightforward black/death.  However, their brand of black/death is so well executed that it definitely needs noting.  I will say that, if you came here looking for a Blasphemy or Mystifier clone, you'll be disappointed. While those influences are clearly present, Teitanblood has masterfully crafted their own horrifying sound that balances perfectly between black and death metal.

If you've seen hype around this album, but have been hesitant to check it out, trust me when I say that the hype is justified and you need to stop sleeping and just click "download" at the bottom of this post.  And then brace yourself, because you're probably not ready for this.

  1. Anteinfierno
  2. Sleeping Throats of the Antichrist
  3. Plagues of Forgiveness
  4. Cadaver Synod
  5. Unearthed Veins
  6. Burning In Damnation Fires
  7. Silence of the Great Martyrs