Thursday, December 12, 2013

Plague Widow - This Black Earth

Not exactly recent news, but my friends in Plague Widow not only released an EP back in September, they've also signed with Willowtip Records. The band definitely deserves the recognition, as guitarist and graphic artist Hal Rotter (Rotting Graphics) has been involved with a number of other underground bands in the California death metal/grind scene, must notably Slaughterbox, and as of late they've been gaining a significant following. Plague Widow plays some pretty irresistible blackened deathgrind, so if you have a pulse and like extreme music, you'll probably enjoy this.

You can expect their debut full-length sometime next year.

Frontierer - The Collapse

Well, this has certainly been a good week. Frontierer have just dropped their debut EP, and although it's short, it should please those of you craving fret madness and crushingly heavy grooves since the demise of The Tony Danza Tapdance Extravaganza.

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Cult Leader - Skin Crawler

Holy hell, this was just too exciting not to share. I'm sure many of you recall Salt Lake City's Gaza calling it quits earlier this year. Well, 3/4 of the band (minus vocalist John Parkin) have reformed as Cult Leader, and have signed with Jacob Bannon's reputable Deathwish Inc. Stoked to see these dudes are still making music. 

Cult Leader's new EP, Nothing For Us Here, is scheduled to drop in April of next year.

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Cara Neir - Portals to a Better, Dead World

I do love Cara Neir's curious blend of grind and crust and black metal and....screamo? Truly a fun listen that takes you on a journey through your favorite sub-genres. This release has some moments that reminded me a bit of Converge, as well as longer songs that seem to focus more on the hardcore and screamo aspects of their music. 

Edit: I'd also like to add this record includes cello and what sounds like organ on "Exalting the Shadow Proprietor."

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Cara Neir - Sublimation Therapy

Sometime ago I endeavored to start contributing over @ Godless Noisebut ultimately couldn't find the time to do so, nor much time for this blog (I'm sure you're starting to see a pattern here). Almost a year later I finally got around to giving Cara Neir's Sublimation Therapy a listen, my first potential submission, and it's been steadily growing on me. The Texas 2 piece seamlessly blends the nastiest grind and black metal, though there's elements of many different genres, and the drumming is absolutely batshit insane. Super clean blasts (see "You Are Missed") while still maintaining that gritty and raw production.

The band has also been fairly prolific and has a substantial back catalogue, most of which can be obtained free or for a nominal price via Bandcamp.

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Horselover - Discography

Horselover (abbreviated HRS LVR), which might best be described as later Daughters or Destroy All Operating Systems with more whammy pedal, posthumously released an EP last month. It's too bad, because although they weren't prolific, there was potential here.

Also, the vox remind me of my friend Doogie, from Moth Voices. Another mostly unknown and defunct act, but brilliant nonetheless.

Monday, September 2, 2013

Save Us from the Archon - Some Things We Carry, Always

I love Save Us from the Archon. Their guitar driven, instrumental prog-metal/post-hardcore sound has a certain whimsy, and I'm always left feeling sentimental and nostalgic for some reason.  At any rate, what I'm getting at is that this band writes great music, and if you like bands such as CHON (see last post), you're doing yourself a disservice by not giving them a listen.

Sunday, September 1, 2013

CHON - Newborn Sun

I know, I'm about 3 months late on this one, but it cannot be ignored. If you're into guitar porn, then this album is most certainly for you. These guys shred so hard, and this release has a new, more focused approach to the song writing. You can also nab their earlier stuff here.

Gas Up Yr Hearse - split EP

A submission I've been neglecting (much like this blog), and I'm sad I delayed, because this is screamy, grinding goodness. Gas Up Yr Hearse's new split EP with Coma Regalia should please those of you who love Daughters and The Locust, featuring some really gnarly female vox.

The rest of their discography can also be be acquired on their Bandcamp.

Sunday, August 25, 2013

Seminary - Discography

A gem I somehow have overlooked. Seminary is currently sating my tech-grind needs. Kinda reminds me of legends Robinson and See You Next Tuesday.

Sunday, August 4, 2013

Armed For Apocalypse - The Road Will End

Armed For Apocalypse have recently dropped their 2nd full-length, "The Road Will End," and it's a sludgefest of epic proportions. This album is ridiculously heavy, and from the beginning of "The Starting Line Is A Tripwire," it's nonstop headbanging and catchy riffage. Tracks like "The Well" and "Built to Kill" also display some the band's best song writing to date. Also posted above is footage from the time these dudes played my old living room, performing "We Fell From the Bottom" off their debut release.

Saturday, August 3, 2013

The Number 12 Looks Like You - 24/7.12 - "That's It, We Got The Full Band!"

Mystery solved. #12 has unveiled the first episode in a series of videos documenting their formation and early years, including live footage. Also, I'd like to say editing this properly from a smart phone is a bitch, but I totally intend on fixing this later. No promises on that Best of 2012 list though. It's fucking August, all right? 

Thursday, August 1, 2013

The Number Twelve Looks Like You makes a vague announcement

It seems #12 may be making some kind of release this year, most suspect live footage, as made apparent by the image above which was posted to the band's Facebook today.