Friday, 8 November 2019

Greet Death


Greet Death are a three-piece shoegaze band from Flint, Michigan that began in 2011 under the name Pines. To date they've released an EP and two LP's, the most recent of which was released on Deathwish today. Sonically, they make constant use of ethereal reverb, droning chords, that come together in crushing, distorted climaxes that ascend incredible heights when played past max volume. Their songwriting ability is also noteworthy, with the vocals often taking the forefront in ways slightly unexpected from the genre. Fans of bands like Cloakroom, Nothing, Thunder Dreamer, Ovlov and Hum will take particular interest in here, especially considering some of the slowcore and alternative rock influences thrown into the mix. Their debut LP is a solid outing, with stand-out tracks including "Black Hole Jesus Christ" and "Cumbersome". Their most recent album, New Hell is an incredible outing that shows the band coming into their own with a unique style and interpretation of their influences. Each new song offers up a different idea, with standout tracks being the amazing "Strange Days" (it'll take a few more listens to determine more, but so far it's fantastic from start to end). Enjoy.

1. In Heaven
2. Your Lull

1. Sheets of White
2. Bow
3. Valediction
4. The Waste
5. Black Hole Jesus Christ
6. Dragged To Hell
7. Again
8. Cumbersome
9. Dixieland

1. Circles Of Hell
2. Do You Feel Nothing?
3. Let It Die
4. You're Gonna Hate What You've Done
5. Entertainment
6. Strange Days
7. Strain
8. Crush
9. New Hell

Thursday, 7 November 2019

New Forms

New Forms are a four-piece screamo/emoviolence band from Boston, Massachusetts that began in 2019. Even before hearing them, I was already sold on them. When a band takes its name from a flawless Calculator EP (I assume that's where it's from) and their debut EP is titled after a Ramones lyric, they just has to be fantastic. Even the cover art and colour scheme look amazing. Even after all that, I still wasn't fully prepared for the chaos they emit. I Don't Want To Live My Life Again is six tracks of spastic rhythms, heavy dissonance, angular chords, jagged guitars and powerhouse drumming, with an overall sound that falls somewhere between Capsule and Ampere. This is an absolutely incredible debut from a band you should definitely keep an eye out for. Enjoy.

1. fortunato
2. sometimes the flowers arrange themselves
3. spirals
4. transitions in meta
5. ember twin
6. [redacted]

Wednesday, 6 November 2019

The Hareste


The Hareste were a four-piece screamo/hardcore band from Sioux Falls, South Dakota that were around briefly from 1999-2000. They played a raw, chaotic style of screamoviolence with notable technical ability, which is especially impressive considering how young the band was (all members were in high school throughout its duration). They released one EP, a track I don't have much info on, and a final EP, which was meant to be part of a three-way split featuring The Hareste, Love Lost But Not Forgotten, and pg.99, but that split never came to fruition. The pg.99 side would eventually become Document #7. Enjoy.

1. reflections on '84
2. a few days short of five
3. pain in decibels
4. ... and burn the negatives
5. smile and except it is better than the alternative

1. frequency modulation

1. personal narrative
2. genetic disclosure
3. angle of incident
4. pain in decibels
5. devolution for evolution
6. reactions fail

Tuesday, 5 November 2019

Grave Neighbors V.3

The always-incredible Middle-Man Records recently released a benefit cover compilation. The proceeds going to RAICES (The Refugee and Immigrant Centre for Education and Legal Services), an organization that helps separated families, detained families, unaccompanied minors, and others who are seeking asylum in the United States. You can find out more about their organization here.

This compilation consists entirely of covers done by some of the most fantastic bands around now, some of which have been mentioned here before (Coma Regalia, Snag, Overo), as well as many amazing others. The selection of covers is just as great, with a wide array of genres across the punk and indie spectrum, including Fugazi,  Thorns of Life, Slipknot, Now Now, Tegan and Sara,  Slipknot, System of a Down, Lifetime, Discharge, Against Me!, Sparta, Operation Ivy, FIDLAR, AFI, Rilo Kiley Rainer Maria, and Portraits of Past. I couldn't narrow it down to a few examples so that's all of them. Each band puts their own spin on some of this stone-cold classic tracks. You can donate at a pay-what-you-want rate over at Middle-Man's Bandcamp page, as well as pick up the cassette from them. RAICES also takes direct donations at their website, and every little bit helps. You can check out the full compilation below.


Middle-Man Records

RAICES

Tuesday, 29 October 2019

The Witch Trials

The Witch Trials were a four-piece electropunk project that existed very briefly in October 1980. The group compromised of Jello Biafra (Dead Kennedys), Adrian Borland (The Sound), Morgan Fisher (Mott The Hoople) and Christian Lunch. They recorded a single EP in a single improv session, which was released a year later on Subterranean Records (who also put out a lot of early Flipper and Dead Kennedys singles) and reissued by Alternate Tentacles a few years later. The four tracks on their self-titled EP are eerie soundscapes, crafted with shots of noise, off-kilter keyboards, mechanical drums, and Biafra's looming spoken word. It's an experimental outing, especially considering the other projects its members were involved in, but an interesting listen both for its historical uniqueness and its hauntingly evil sound. Enjoy.

1. Humanoids From The Deep
2. The Tazer
3. Trapped In The Playground
4. Meat Beat

Tuesday, 22 October 2019

7 Angels 7 Plagues


7 Angels 7 Plagues were a five-piece metalcore band from Milwaukee, Wisconsin that were around from 1999 to 2002, and then reunited in 2005 for charity shows. They only released one EP and one LP, but have maintained a strong legacy since then. This is due in part to both releases being mind-shattering, but also the involvement of its members in other notable bands, including Misery Signals, Burning Empires, Dead To Fall, and Martyr A.D. Sonically, 7A7P took influence from the increasing surgence of metalcore, with heavy, drop-tuning riffs reigning supreme, but with enough melodic breaks and passages to keep interesting. They also had different vocalists on each release, thus the shrieked vocal style on their EP and the guttural growls on the LP. Enjoy.

1. Silent Deaths, Crowded Lives
2. Dandelion
3. Sweet Princess Thief
4. Until The Day Breathes And The Shadows Flee
5. A Farewell To A Perfect Score (My Apology)

1. A Farewell To A Perfect Score
2. Someday
3. The Commentator's Despair
4. The Afternoon
5. Away With Words
6. Dandelion
7. Arcadia Fades (Jhazmyne's Lullaby Pt. II)
8. Silent Deaths, Crowded Lives
9. Jhazmyne's Lullaby

Sunday, 20 October 2019

With Horses In Her Eyes/Histories

With Horses In Her Eyes were a four-piece screamo band from Atlanta, Georgia that were around briefly in 2006 before changing their name to Histories. They only released one five-track EP, titled Prologue. The first four tracks are all hard-hitters, featuring some heavy Funeral Diner and Kodan Armada influence. The final track, Page 5, is just an arpeggiated acoustic guitar and screaming. It's certainly the most unique track on here, which is saying something on an EP where every song delivers. Enjoy.

EDIT: A million thank you's to Sascha for sending me the Histories EP!

1. Page 1
2. Page 2
3. Page 3
4. Page 4
5. Page 5

1. Oregon
2. Lush
3. A Child's Coat

Friday, 18 October 2019

Foxtails - querida hija

Alright so I'm pretty late to this, but that is only because I was dead for a month and a half, but am back now (or at least at this very minute). Connecticut's greatest three-piece is back with a new LP, following up 2017's incredible full-length III and 2018's equally-amazing split with Algae Bloom. This new LP is 7 tracks demonstrating the band's incredible mesh of emo/screamo with math rock and jazz influences. It shows a growing maturity and technical prowess, with the band at the tightest they've ever been. I cannot recommend this enough, as it is so good it temporarily brought me back to life. You can stream or purchase the full album below from Emo Cat Records on vinyl/CD/cassette. They're also heading out for an East Coast tour with Let's Get Invisible next month, check out the dates below.



Foxtails

Emo Cat Records

Thursday, 29 August 2019

Olde Pine


Olde Pine are a three-piece indie/emo/punk band from Worcester, Massachusetts that began in 2011. They've been nothing but awesome since then, being with some energetic, twinkle-heavy fests, and continuing to change and mature, bringing consistently strong instrumental and songwriting chops to the table. Fans of bands like Coping, Our Sunday Affairs, and Tawny Peaks can definitely jam to this. Enjoy.

1. For Twinny
2. Dutch Apple Pie
3. That's Gift

1. for twinny
2. dutch apple pie

1. Foreskin Jetpack
2. Samsquamch
3. Bob Cousy's Queezy Woozie Koozie

1. Liquor Quickly

1. Ham Porter
2. Buy A Pound, Smoke A Pound
3. Delgrengo's
4. Ray Ramano's Re-Runs
5. Mr. Pavo's Jackhammer Tricks
6. Dope Anchor
7. King Tut's Burial Mask Has Been "Irreversibly Damaged"
8. The Hot Stuff
9. I'm Gonna Shoot (cr-Emo)
10. Why Not Piss Outside?

1. Wax & Wane
2. Have A Bad Day
3. Caught In A Feeling

Friday, 23 August 2019

Mind Eraser


Mind Eraser are a hardcore/powerviolence band from Boston, Massachusetts that began in 2003, and I'm not sure if they ever officially broke up, but they haven't been active in years. They play a brutal brand of hardcore, with clear powerviolence influences and even hints of sludge and death metal in the mix. Fans of Hatred Surge and Mammoth Grinder will definitely see the appeal here. They put out 3 fantastic LP's, none of which should be slept on. Enjoy.

1. Internal Dialogue
2. Thawed Out
3. Burn
4. Subtle Entity
5. Last Words
6. Pro-Life No Mind
7. Amazing Solution
8. Chewed Up, Spit Out

1. Neutral Words
2. Thawed Out
3. Internal Dialogue
4. What Did I Do?
5. Finished
6. Subtle Entities
7. Clever Lines
8. Psychotic
9. You Weren't Right
10. Last Words
11. Don't Find Me
12. Human Waste
13. Amazing Solution
14. Chewed Up, Spit Me

1. Abuse Excuse
2. Manhood
3. Coping Methods
4. Equation
5. Full Spectral Dominance
6. Schizophrenic
7. Yesman
8. Wroteoff
9. Shutting Down
10. Deviant Sadistic
11. Time Served (And What You Leave Behind)
12. Juggling Anxieties

1. Conscious
2. Unconscious

1. World Unfolds
2. Manipulate
3. Spear
4. Cheap Disguise
5. Baggage
6. Insertion
7. Withdrawal Symptoms
8. Constant Victim
9. Finished
10. The Prodigal Son Brings Death

1. World Unfolds
2. Brought Back To Life
3. FYA
4. Discriminate Me (Agnostic Front)
5. Teenagers (The Meat Puppets)
6. Drugshit (Ripcord)
7. Consciousness
8. Phonophobic
9. Boiling Point (SSD)
10. Can't You See (Crippled Youth)
11. Fortress (Citizen's Arrest)
12. Human Waste (2010)
13. Neutral Worlds (2010)
14. Supremacy-2
15. Crushing In My Dreams
16. Prime (remix)

Thursday, 22 August 2019

Takaru


Takaru were a five-piece hardcore/screamo band from San Francisco, California that began in 2002 and broke up in 2005. They shared members with bands such as Funeral Diner, A Days Refrain, and Kwatiutl Cannibal Society. They played a ferocious style of hardcore with a heavy emphasis on political subjects and screamo sonic leanings. They released one album and two fantastic splits (both with bands also worth checking out). Enjoy.

1. A Light In The Attic - Only In Lies
2. A Light In The Attic - Moments and Monuments
3. A Light In The Attic - Even Plagues
4. A Light In The Attic - The Remembered Break In Time
5. A Light In The Attic - In Communication
6. Takaru - 160 Lbs. Of Fury
7. Takaru - True Mathematics
8. Takaru - Torrential Reigns
9. Takaru - 1849 Revisited
10. Takaru - A Truly Clearchannel
11. C.owardly F.eeding S.ilence

1. Have At It Hoss
2. Revenge of the Nerds
3. You Will Fail
4. Pic N Choose
5. Ring Bearer
6. IDNNITKHTR
7. Baby I'm A Manarchist
8. Split Decision
9. Agri-Vation
10. Charge It To Valhalla
11. Brodeo Drive

1. The Assistant - I Have A Name
2. This Ship Will Sink - George Bush Could Fuck Up A Peanut Butter And Jelly Sandwich
3. Takaru - Attack Of The Drones
4. Takaru - Chronophobia
5. Takaru - Why Don't You Ask Me? Motherfucker??

Tuesday, 20 August 2019

Jazzbrunch

Jazzbrunch are a screamo/post-hardcore/post-metal band from Sweden that got started this year. This is a fantastic new project that features members of two other incredible bands, namely Vi Som Alskade Varandra Sa Mycket and Totem Skin. They released their debut EP a while back, which features two sprawling compositions of dynamic exploration and intensity, courtesy of the screamo/post-hardcore influence that really cuts through.

"Idiocracy" is a dark, and hard-hitting introduction, which builds monuments to dark clouds amdist a flurry of drums, tremolo-picked guitars, reverb and distortion. The latter track, "An Invitation to an Enormous Disappointment" takes a slightly more melodic approach, but still thrashes through some heavy crescendos before the waves break for the mid-section of the track, which features sparse drumming, atmospheric guitar work, and gentle plucks of piano keys below an incredibly passionate vocal delivery. The song ends with an incredibly symphonic conclusion, which on one hand is a fantastic wrap-up to this EP, but on the other leaves you ready for way more material from these guys.

Fans of the aforementioned bands will undoubtedly love this, as it sounds like an amalgamation of the two, with the sounds of Envy and Suffocate For Fuck Sake thrown into the mix. Their self-titled debut EP is out now via Zegema Beach Records on 7", and is limited to 200 copies. Order info can be found below. Enjoy!

1. Idiocracy
2. An Invitation to an Enormous Disappointment

Order the 7" here:

30 Second Motion Picture


30 Second Motion Picture were a four-piece post-hardcore band from Ottawa, Ontario that existed for a short time in 1996. They were formed by members of Shotmaker, a legendary band that if you have not heard I highly, highly suggest checking out as well. They were one of the first bands posted on here if you feel like flipping through the archives. 30 Second Motion Picture carried on a similar post-hardcore vein to their predecessor, but with far less recorded output. They recorded one demo in 1996, which was released posthumously a year later. This demo is what became Can't Kill Time, an incredibly solid effort. Enjoy.

1. The Hundred Hands
2. Fricative
3. Recovery Analysis
4. No Questions, No Answers
5. Input To Receiver
6. To Change A Mind

The Blacktop Cadence


The Blacktop Cadence were a four-piece indie/emo/post-hardcore band from Gainesville, Florida that were around from 1996 to 1998. They featured members of Hot Water Music and Baroque. Sonically, they were a little more subdued than their other projects, with emphasis being placed on melodic guitar chords, an intricate rhythm section, and forlorn vocal deliveries. During their brief tenure, they only released one album, titled Chemistry For Changing Times in 1997. They also were featured on one of the legendary Emo Diaries compilations with "Cold Night In Virginia". Their LP was reissued by No Idea Records in 2003, which included two bonus tracks, "Worthwhile" and the aforementioned song. Enjoy.

1. Last Night... After I Bought The Wine
2. Slowstep
3. Off-Track
4. Are You My Angel?
5. Forty Two
6. Sinker
7. I Don't Do Well In Social Situations
8. Sad Passing Shame
9. Station Me Wherever
10. Unlucky
11. Cold Night In Virginia (Bonus Track)
12. Worthwhile (Bonus Track)

Apostle


Apostle are a three-piece hardcore band from Marietta, Georgia that began in 2017. They've had two releases thus far, with their recent LP Sufferer being the most notable. Sonically, they take from a multitude of heavy music leanings, with Trap Them and Birds in Row being the two names I think draw the most parallels. But really, if you're a fan of unique, down-tuned screamy hardcore, Apostle is right up your alley. Sufferer is highly recommended, though Shallow Graves is also an incredibly sharp offering. Enjoy.

1. Where I End
2. Cowards
3. Stranger
4. Faded & Broken
5. Hold Me Down
6. Where You Begin

1. Sentient
2. Prey
3. Taketh
4. Nearer My
5. Phantom Limb
6. Amor Eterno
7. Sparrow
8. Stasis
9. Abandoned
10. Mother

Saturday, 17 August 2019

Soul Glo


First off, yes it has been a while since I've posted anything. It's not quite the ghosting that happened between April and September 2017, but it's been nearly 2 months. As I've said before, sometimes reality pops up and drags me away from here for a while, but I will always come back. And just like the aforementioned dark age, I'd like to start again with the band I had planned to post before disappearing. That of course is Soul Glo, a hardcore punk band from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania that began in 2014.

Even before and to this day, I have a hard time knowing where to begin with this band. They're one of those acts that remind you why you fell in love with this genre in the first place, by bringing a brutal intensity, a sense of truth and honesty, and a pushing of the boundary in their respective musical landscape. All of these things are readily apparent on their most recent LP, The Nigga In Me Is Me, a staunch reminder that the voice of hardcore is more important and unique than ever today. There's only so much my dumbass can express, but a lot of incredible points are hit on poignantly in this interview with the band from 2017, so be sure to check that out. There's really no words I can conjure here, especially for a band that transcends all genre dichotomies with a landmark release such as their latest LP. Soul Glo seamlessly blend aspects of classic hardcore, powerviolence, noise rock, hip-hop, and even a touch of screamo appeal with their distinct take on a sonic assault.Their previous efforts, as exemplified on Untitled LP are no slouch either, and a physical manifestation of what "raw power" truly means. I implore everyone to check them out, both for their dire political relevance and insane musical aptitude. Enjoy.

1. 1
2. 2
3. 3
4. 4
5. 5
6. 6
7. 7
8. Guilty Of Being... Wait.
9. New Humanism
10. Inextricable
11. Created In H.I.S. Image
12. Two Hits
13. Real Ass Life
14. Put Yr Head Down
15. Son Of A Gun
16. But Fucking Why?
17. Trigger Warning
18. Violence Against Black Women Goes Largely Unreported
19. The Movement Has No Head
20. Closer 2 Tha God

Note: Includes their debut " " from 2014

1. 22
2. 32
3. 21
4. noise tracc
5. 31
6. 24
7. 23
8. 27
9. 30

Friday, 21 June 2019

Long Distance Runner


Long Distance Runner are a five-piece screamo band from Auckland, New Zealand that began in 2016. They share members with Parents, Sere, How Get, and Body 125. Now two releases in, Long Distance Runner have come bursting out with some of the most chaotic and strangely anthemic screamo I have ever heard. If you combine Orchid, Bay Area hardcore, and a dash of noise rock, this is what you get. Their latest release, No Escape, is virtually flawless, and one of the most blood-pumping and throttling releases this year. This band has carved out something incredible here, and I cannot recommend this enough. Enjoy.

1. I Fall
2. No Value
3. None Like Me
4. The Mask
5. No More Regrets
6. A Savage Place

1. The Downcast
2. Eulogy
3. The First Lie
4. Fear Of Life
5. Black Mirror
6. No Escape