Thursday, September 29, 2011

An Isle Ate Her - Phrenia

Phrenia cover art 

My boys in An Isle Ate Her dropped their debut full-length on Monday, and it's nothing short of impressive. Much like mathcore elites The Number Twelve Looks Like You and Psyopus, they blast through songs with intense speed and precision, having stepped up their game greatly since "Desiderium." Excellent guitar work, stellar drum work, and some of most anguished, screeching vocals I've ever heard (accompanied with excellent lyrics) are some the highlights of this album. Also, "Dun Dorr" may have caused me to have an anxiety attack.

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Skerik's Syncopated Taint Septet - Live At High Sierra July, 2005

Artist: Skerik's Syncopated Taint Septet
Origin: Seattle, Washington (USA)
Genre: Jazz / Funk
Album: Live At High Sierra July, 2005
Release date: 2005
01. Christina
02. Too Many Toys
03. Fry His Ass
04. The Third Rail
05. Summer Pudding
06. Moanin' (Charles Mingus cover)
07. Pure Imagination

Format: 128 kbps, mp3
Download: Mediafire
Website: Myspace

If you haven't given these guys a chance because of the randomness of jazz posts in the midst of all this grind / mathcore, know that it was no mistake. Listen to the live version of "Fry His Ass," and tell me they aren't rad. Extremely underrated band.

An Isle Ate Her - Das Ekel

AN ISLE ATE HER - Das Ekel by AmericanAftermath

The dudes over at American Aftermath have premiered the new track from An Isle Ate Her, featured on their forthcoming album, "Phrenia," which debuts Monday. Stellar musicianship and great song writing put these guys way up on my list of anticipated releases.


CHON has just released yet another track of jaw-dropping technical guitar work. If you haven't checked out these lads yet, do so and immediately begin to hate your life, because their musical prowess is stunning.

Friday, September 23, 2011

Bad Mask - Strange Phrases

Artist: Bad Mask
Origin: Medford, New Jersey (USA)
Genre: Mathcore / Hardcore 
Album: Strange Phrases
Year: 2011
01. 4 Year Old Lady
02. Celestial Diet
03. Gelnika
04. Armchair Philosopher 
05.  Alleycat Blues
06. Junkyard Heiress
07. Al Goro

Format: 320 kbps 
Download: Mediafire
Website: Facebook

New Jersey's Bad Mask are back with their sophomore EP, with track 2 (shown above) being featured on the prestigious tech metal / mathcore compilation, Mecha Organa 5. The band has a distinct sound, but comparisons have been drawn between them and old-school hardcore legends, Botch and Coalesce.

Bad Mask - V2

V2 cover art

Artist: Bad Mask
Origin: Medford, New Jersey (USA)
Genre: Mathcore / Hardcore 
Album: V2
Year: 2010
01. Alleycat Blues
02. Al Goro
03. Gatekeeper
04. Hot Garbage
05.  Bad Mask
06. Atlas Grip
07. Dennis Nerdy
08. The Hammer
09. Untitled XI

Format: 320 kbps 
Download: Mediafire
Website: Facebook

I found the band's self-given description suitable: "Bad Mask is nothing more than a few nerdy kids from South Jersey. They enjoy all walks of music and they hope it shows in their own. The bastard child of Coalesce and At the Drive In raised by parents Botch and Breather Resist might come somewhere near to describing the sound. Or not. Who the fuck knows. Spunky, quirky, often destructively heavy riffs soar over precise drumming and lyrics about aliens, DMT, and the Illuminati, developing a strange sort of sound that is uniquely Bad Mask. Their live shows often leaves band members and spectators alike either bleeding or on the floor or both. Or sometimes they break a string and nothing much happens. It's really hit or miss."

Monday, September 19, 2011

Arbus - A Recess In the Wall

Artist: Arbus
Origin: Kyoto, Japan
Genre: Mathcore / Progressive Metal / Experimental
Album: A Recess In the Wall
Release date: 2010
01. Only I'm Happy
02. Gypsum Covering My Idol
03. Earplug
04. Especially For You
05. The Montage of the Quintuplets
06. Birdcages

Format: 320 kbps, mp3
Download: Mediafire
Website: Myspace

These guys are great. Read the summary of the last post, and listen to "Gypsum Covering My Idol" and "Birdcages," and you will see exactly what I mean.

Arbus - With Your Perfection

Artist: Arbus
Origin: Kyoto, Japan
Genre: Mathcore / Progressive Metal / Experimental
Album: With Your Perfection 
Release date: 2009
01. Like the Pure Ghost
02. Earplug
03. The Thrill Has Gone
04. Breaking the Flag

Format: 320 kbps, mp3
Download: Mediafire
Website: Myspace

Not since FACT has a Japanese band gotten under my skin so much. Playing a blend of mathcore similar to the likes of The Dillinger Escape Planlonger progressive riffs akin to Between the Buried and Me, and infused with some more melodic, even Latin sounding passages similar to The Mars Volta, Arbus demonstrates some true potential.

Friday, September 16, 2011

Tongues - Comedowns

Artist: Tongues
Origin: Suison, California (USA)
Genre: Experimental / Loop
Album: Comedowns
Release date: 2010
01. My Brain Is a Bird's Nest
02. Special Kids
03. Case #0932654
04. My Brother's Overdosing 
05. A Nuclear Bomb
06. Private Stock

Format: 320/128 kbps, mp3
Download: Mediafire
Website: Bandcamp

The drummer of Galaga: The Movie's solo project. It is not metal. It is however, twisted and dark, and other times really kind of sweet and lighthearted.

Mi Hermano, El Tiburon - Demo

Artist: Mi Hermano, El Tiburon
Origin: Suison/Dixon, California (USA)
Genre: Experimental / Screamo / Pop-punk
Album: Demo
Release date: 2009
01. Virgins
02. Barnacles
03. Vicodin Cat

Format: 320/128 kbps, mp3
Download: Mediafire
Website: MySpace

A few years ago my old band, Antarcticawent on tour with this bat-shit insane band, Galaga: The Movie. Eventually, the 2 of them switched instruments and did this side-project.

The Living Doorway

The Living Doorway

No, not that Decrepit Birth song, I mean the blog. JGD is this guy who did vox in this band called There Were Wires, now he spends his days posting about brutal death and black metal, his girlfriend, and his dog, Billie. It is supremely entertaining shit, and the dude has good taste. It's probably my favorite blog ever, and the inspiration for this blog you're reading now, so I compel you to go check out The Living Doorway.