Sunday, November 18, 2012

Pig Destroyer - The Diplomat


'Cause it's awesome, dammit. Love the Kubrickesque imagery. 

"Book Burner" is definitely one of my favorite releases of 2012 so far, and I've got it on repeat.

Friday, November 16, 2012

Defeated Sanity - Passages Into Deformity trailer


Defeated Sanity has released a teaser for their upcoming album, "Passages Into Deformity," which is slated for a May 2013 release, and so far it's sounding pretty nasty. Although they've undergone numerous lineup changes, the original spirit of their sound seems to have been retained, despite the death of guitarist and founding member, Wolfgang Teske. Lille Gruber, Teske's son and drummer, is the other founding member, making this the ultimate death metal family band. Not to mention the past involvement of other current notable musicians like Christian Muenzner of Necrophagist and Obscura, and AJ Magna of Disgorge.

Sunday, October 28, 2012

RIP The Living Doorway


My favorite blog in the world, and honestly the inspiration for the blog you're reading now, has been taking down. Let's all have a moment of silent reflection, follow by some disgusting brutal death metal. JGD would want it that way.

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Archspire - Plague of Am


I've been meaning to post this Archspire rehearsal footage for days now. Fans of OriginBeneath the Massacre, Spawn of Possesion, and Viraemia rejoice, enough blasts and sweeps to satisfy any tech-death fan.

Archspire also has an EP, "All Shall Allign," which is available from Trendkill Recordings.


Thursday, September 27, 2012

Smaragos - EP



Santa Cruz knows death metal, and Smaragos is certainly no exception. Featuring 2 members of Son of Auerlius, vocalist Riley McShane and bassist Max Zigman (who also did guitar/programming), the release ranges from blistering tech-death/grind to eastern sounding stuff; at one point a sitar is even employed. It's immediately clear they have a wide range of influences they seek to combine effectively, which is an aesthetic I enthusiastically embrace.

My only gripe is the EP is too short, and I'm left wanting more. Clocking in at just over 11 minutes, they seem to be following a grind template, length wise, but hopefully a future release is planned because I'd like to see this become a more serious project.

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Car Bomb - w^w^^w^w

w^w^^w^w cover art


If you're aware of Car Bomb, then you probably know how long we've waited for their sophomore follow up to "Centralia," an album which brought some serious innovation and freshness to the tech-metal scene. Well, I can tell you that it was certainly worth the wait. Before the first track had even concluded I was practically elated at the amount of content they'd manged to fit within just the first 2-3 minutes. This is an album with incredible density and attention to detail.

"w^w^^w^w" is available on Bandcamp for just $9, and considering the amount of enjoyment I've already received from Centralia, it's totally warranted. They have truly outdone themselves with this release.

Friday, September 21, 2012

Arbus / Bilo'u - Yellow Scale (The Twist of 2187 x 1000)


Artist: Arbus / Bilo'u
Origin: Japan
Genre: Mathcore / Progressive Metal / Metalcore
Album: Yellow Scale (The Twist of 2187 x 1000)
Release date: 2012
Tracklisting:
Arbus:
01. Snails
02. Double Dealer
03. Break One's Back (Bilo'u cover)
Bilo'u:
04. 1887
05. Shimmer
06. Earplug (Arbus cover)

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

Arbus have returned with a release that had flown completely underneath my radar, and they've brought along their friends, Bilo'u (Below), who sound something like Arbus, but tend to favor a more of Dysphoria type sound.

You can also nab Arbus' previous 2 releases here.

Danza - The Alpha The Omega


Alternative Press has premiered another a new Danza track, and it is nothing short of thrilling. The track features a crushing triple vocal assault near the end, with guest vox performed by Alex Erian of Despised Icon, and Phil Bozeman of Whitechapel.

Monday, September 17, 2012

Plague Widow / Oblivionized - Split 7" Teasers


Plague Widow have released a short teaser video featuring some new songs off their upcoming split with UK grind act, Oblivionized. No official release date has been slated, but both bands are clearly well in the midst of writing and recording, with Plague Widow again returning to Sacramento's own Mayhemeness Recording.

Friday, September 14, 2012

Pig Destroyer - Burning Palm


Pig Destroyer has just released a new song (complete with unfortunate lyric video) from their upcoming album, "Book Burner," which drops October 22nd.

Friday, September 7, 2012

Save Us From the Archon - Fall Demo

Fall 2012 Demo cover art


Save Us From the Archon has just released another track of instrumental technical metal, which can nabbed on their bandcamp for just a buck, or downloaded here.

Thursday, August 30, 2012

The Tony Danza Tapdance Extravaganza - You Won't



The Tony Danza Tapdance Extravaganza has announced their new album, Danza IIII: The Alpha - The Omega, will be released October 15th. The band already has a seriously heavy catalog, and show no signs of letting up on their 4th release. They've also premiered a new track, "You Won't," which is embedded above.

-Update:

Sadly, this will be their final release. Apparently, Josh Travis is now a full-time member of Glass Cloud. However, it does seem they're ending on a high note, as the release will also include guest vox from Phil Bozeman of Whitechapel and Alex Erian of Obey the Brave and the now defunct Despised Icon.

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Save Us From the Archon - How terrible, the undergrowth's jaws that tangle

How terrible, the undergrowth's jaws that tangle cover art


If you enjoy stuff like CHON and Scale the Summit, you'll probably like Save Us From the Archon almost immediately. The Pittsburgh quintet plays an blend of guitar-driven progressive metal and post-hardcore that is both catchy and technical, without any obnoxious clean vox. 

Posted above is a dual play through from the third track of their debut full-length, which can be purchased for only $2 on their bandcamp, or downloaded free here.

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Infant Annihilator - Decapitation Fornication


Try as I may, I can't deny Infant Annihilator. First of all, the name just makes me smile, and secondly there's some great riff-salads and brutal grooves. Their debut album is set for release this winter.

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Car Bomb - Third Revelation


After 5 long years, Car Bomb has finally revealed a release date for a new album, which (and this has been said before) puts them on the Tool timeline for album releases. The debut single, "Third Revelation," features Joesph Duplantier of Gorjira, and despite the expectation that it might be a complete letdown after such a long wait, it certainly does not disappoint.

According to their website, the album should drop September 25th.

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Animal Collective - Today's Supernatural


Call me an indie-hipster poser-twat, but I like the new Animal Collective. If you're not familiar with the project, it's a bunch of grown men who record loops of mouth noises and various beeps and boops. Although, this new track has more of straight-forward rock sound.

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Just Like Vinyl - s/t



Artist: Just Like Vinyl
Origin: Seattle, WA (USA)
Genre: Progressive Rock / Post-Hardcore
Album: s/t
Release date: 2010
Tracklisting:
01. Wisdom Teeth
02. Cardiac Harassment
03. The Circulatory System
04. Big Words
05. Death of the Sheep
06. D.R.U.M.S.
07. Kite
08. Epiphany
09. No Friend Of Mine
10. Pulled Apart
11. It's Over

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

Featuring Thomas Erak of The Fall of Troy. If you consider yourself a fan of aforementioned band, I'd be incredibly surprised if you weren't already aware of this new project. Gone are the head spinning riffs and aggressive motifs, which have been abandoned for more rock sensibilities and song writing. Doesn't exactly sound appealing to an average TFoT fan, and it's probably more-or-less what you'd expect. However, there's still a few gems on this album, especially "The Circulatory System" (live footage above taken by my friend and former band-mate, Nick), ''Epiphany," and "No Friend of Mine," along with a couple other moments which are more reminiscent of older material.

Just Like Vinyl's new album, "Black Mass," premieres August 28th.

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Murder Construct - Results


Featuring Travis Ryan (Cattle Decapitation), Leon del Muerte (Exhumed, ex-Intronaut, ex-Impaled, ex-Phobia), Danny Walker (Intronaut, Exhumed, ex-Jesu), and Caleb Schneider (Bad Acid Trip). Obviously not a release to miss, given the all-star lineup and Ryan's infamous vocal styling.

The album is available now on Bandcamp.

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Crown the Liar - Dead World Anthology

Dead World Anthology cover art


It's encouraging to see great mathcore bands still emerging so long after the genre's inception, and Crown the Liar is no exception. Their sophomore EP is a more polished work, and far more intense.

Chaz Bell of An Isle Ate Her (B_C_M's #1 release of 2011) also lends his tortured and frantic yelps to the track Crow's Throat.

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Gaza - The Truth Weighs Nothing

"It sure was nice of Jesus to take time away from ignoring 
Ethnic cleansing genocide and famine bloated children.
Or regrowing limbs for landmine victims
To help you score that touchdown
To help you find your keys
To help you land that promotion.
Is it that he can't? Or is it that he won't?
Wake up. Wake the fuck up.
The truth weighs nothing. Travel light, be unburdened."

Decibel is currently streaming the new Gaza track here.

Sunday, July 8, 2012

Crown the Liar - Dead Tooth Grime


Georgia's Crown the Liar seems to have significantly stepped up their game with this new track. Really liking the direction they're heading, as it's reminiscent of The Number 12 Looks Like You and Heavy Heavy Low Low.

Their new EP, ''Dead World Anthology'', drops July 21st.

Sunday, July 1, 2012

Friday, June 8, 2012

Priapus - Airloom

Air Loom cover art


Some of you may remember Priapus from their split with Old Painless (which you can find here), and they play some extremely nasty deathgrind.

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Gaza - Mostly Hair and Bones Now

Photo: Cover art for No Absolutes In Human Suffering.  Info on it and the artist here: http://curranreynolds.blogspot.com/2012/05/gaza-cover-art.html

If I could sum up Gaza in one word, it would be raw. Their first two full-lengths are already underground successes, and their upcoming release, "No Absolutes in Human Suffering,"  was produced by Kurt Ballou of Converge. You can expect the same intensity, anger, and mandatory God-hating, coupled with Ballou's production sensibilities (so it's already a hit).

The lyrics, which I found exceptionally disturbing: 

"I pulled a dead horse out from under a tarp in the back yard piece by piece.
Once proud, once full of strength...She was gold.
Mostly hair and bones now.
I dragged a leg around the yard for hours wearing a path.
I left it there in the sun, abandoned like a child's bicycles at the call of a mother. 
Mostly hair and bones now."

"No Absolutes in Human Suffering" drops July 31st on Black Market Activities

Saturday, June 2, 2012

Abuse - Arc and Panther

Arc and Panther / Abuse cover art


The latest EP from Orlando's underground mathcore-punk act, Abuse. This release has a noticeable old school feel, with the band also exploring a heavier doomish sound.

Snake Baptist - Capital Wasteland / Liontamer Demo

Capital Wasteland/Liontamer Demo cover art


Snake Baptist has just released a new 2 track demo, with High Pitch Rich live in effect, and it's 2 minutes of screeching and grinding madness.

Sunday, May 13, 2012

John Coltrane - A Love Supreme




The greatest jazz record of all time. If this doesn't move you, you probably have no soul.

I don't know what else to say about this album, other than I have been listening to it routinely, and it never loses my interest. I catch myself humming the melodies constantly.  truly infectious work, and some might say "...the finest piece of music ever recorded."

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Talk to Music Project

Some of you may remember Zelophilia, who made my best of 2011 list. Well, the driving force behind aforementioned band, Tom Noyd & Noydian Records, needs your help. 

Voila:

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Behold...the Arctopus - Disintegore



After 5 years, the supreme masters of instrumental tech metal have returned. "Skullgrid" was a deeply intelligent masterpiece, so this is truly exciting. Behold...the Arctopus are planning on releasing their new album, "Horrorscension", sometime this year. Oh yeah, the artwork is excellent too. 

Here's Behold... performing Canada live, my personal favorite and probably one of their best tunes.

Sunday, April 1, 2012

100 Posts / Burn Everything - Hollow Victory

Yay, a milestone. I leave you with Burn Everything's new EP, "Hollow Victory."

Hollow Victory 7inch Cover Art

So I moved.

Some of you may have been wondering why the amount of posts here have lessened (although many more probably didn't notice or give a rat's ass). I recently relocated to San Francisco to start a new job, and being that I'm the sole contributor of this blog, it's sadly gone neglected. This is mostly due to the fact that I don't have my own place yet or even own a laptop, and posting / editing with a smartphone is a bitch.

Uninteresting personal bullshit aside, some exciting news from the Dysphoria camp: 

"We would like to proudly present a cover-art of our new LP, "To The Perfect Form of Modern Species," tracking of which we have already finished! Album shall contain 10 tracks of 37-minutes chaos. Cover-art for our long-awaited release was done by Alex from Mayhem Project (St. Petersburg, Russia)."

Looks generic, still stoked though.

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Terrorhorse - Unrequited and Unscathed


Artist: Terrorhorse
Origin: London, Ontario
Genre: Technical Death Metal / Mathcore
Album: Unrequited and Unscathed
Release date: 2010
Tracklisting:
01. Modern Mathematics
02. Feral
03. City Sleepers
04. Magnolia
05. Prelude
06. Human Geography
07. Cinema
08. This Much Is True

Format: 200~ kbps, mp3
Download: Mediafire
Website: Myspace

Canada does extreme music right. Featuring members of Mulletcorpse.

Sunday, March 18, 2012

BADBADNOTGOOD - BBNGLIVE2




Another live BBNG album, which you can nab here. Also embedded is a cover of Tyler the Creator's "She", featuring some great solos.

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Mr. Painful Memory - Encyclopedia Galactica



Mr. Painful Memory, from Brisbane. Couldn't find much on this band, but their album is name your price / free.

Mulletcorpse - Disinfect




Silly name, but some really sick deathgrind. Featuring ex-members of Terrorhorse. Best of all, Mulletcorpse offers their album free.

Friday, March 16, 2012

Frequence Diversity

Ulcers cover art

Psychogenesis cover art


Another Belarusian mathcore band submission, Frequence Diversity quickly caught my attention.

The Hysteria



Yet another submission, The Hysteria, mathcore from Belarus. So persistent was their online promotion that I simply couldn't ignore them any longer, and chose to politely ignore the religious undertones and give them a chance.

Czar - Old Haunts

Old Haunts cover art


Czar is an awesome band from Washington state, influenced by As the Sun Sets / Daughters, Tower of Romeand a large variety of other influences. Some might even describe this as post-hardcore/metal/grind due to the eclectic nature of the song-writing and the inclusion of synth.

Their old manifestation appears on the tech-metal / mathcore compilation, Mecha Organa 4.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Django Reinhardt


Yeah, more old-timey music. Deal with it.

If you know your music history, you know this guy was probably the most influential modern guitarist ever, so I won't bother detailing his life and the accident that left him with only the use of his fret-hand's index and middle fingers. Truly a fascinating musician, and if you consider yourself a fan of the guitar, do yourself a service.