Blackened Hardcore? Never thought I would see those two words together. Never thought they would work so well together too! Unsacred, hailing from Virginia, produce an almost entirely new sound of metal. With the epic feel of black metal, the violent behavior of hardcore tempos, Unsacred mesh together a sound that is frighteningly good. The EP they have on their bandcamp is great and I fully enjoyed it from start to finish. The vocals are loud and obnoxious like a good hardcore/punk band, the riffs are superior and the drum work holds things down really tight. I love it when the band slows it down just a little bit and adds that third element to the party, sludge. This band nails 3 genres really well and blends them all together to produce something new, something great. Check them out on their bandcamp and their Facebook page! \w/
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Holy shit this is thick and juicy! Inverloch’s new song is some of the nastiest doom I’ve heard in awhile. The vocals are demonic, the sound is down right sinister and production is incredibly crisp. I’m definitely liking this sound, this is some of the best sludge/doom/death/drone/shoegaze shit I’ve heard in awhile! Inverloch’s album “Dusk | Subside” drops April 10th on Relapse Records! MARK YOUR CALENDERS!
At The Graves has posted up their latest album “Solar” on their bandcamp and it’s some damn good groovin’ sludge. Even slowing it down a bit here n there and adding a doom element to it. The music has a slight grunge feel to it as well, vocals are an aggressive attack and are organic. They don’t feel over processed and “Pro-Tooled”, they feel natural and the music production sounds pretty fucking good too. Again, not overly processed and computerized. Give At The Graves a listen to, you will enjoy what you hear. If you INSIST that I make a comparison I’d say ATG has an eerie sound like The Atlas Moth and a sludge tone similar to Torche. It’s good shit, go listen to it now.
Head on over to PITCHFORK to listen to Torche’s new track “Kicking“. I’m terribly sick so I’m just going to be lazy and post what is on Pitchfork’s site. You can download the single from Pitchfork by singing up for their email list.
Miami/Atlanta quartet Torche‘s third LP, Harmonicraft, is out April 24 via new label Volcom. The 13-song collection– produced by bassist Jonathan Nuñez, mixed by gong-toting Converge guitarist Kurt Ballou, and featuring new guitarist Andrew Elstner– follows the 2010 mini album Songs for Singles, though it feels like the descendent of their stronger 2008 breakthrough Meanderthal. As “Kicking” suggests, despite the new lineup and imprint, vocalist/gutarist Steve Brooks’ knack for sludgy pop anthems remains unchanged.
Tone is heavy, drums are fucking nuts and vocals kill your ears (in a good way). Aborted’s “Global Flatline” is fucking awesome! Each time I listen to this monster it always makes me energetic, alert and happy. How could such a brutal grind/death metal album make me happy? Let’s see…..let’s start off with the epic amount of endless riffs that is pumped out on this album. Seriously, if you enjoy rhythm guitar, Aborted does not disappoint. I fucking love great riffs and song writing and Global Flatline fucking brings it song after song after song. Just endless riffing, blasting and screaming. Makes me wish I was in a mosh pit each and every time I listen to this record. The intensity of the band is unmatched, I haven’t heard anything close to this in a long fucking time. Drumming is more than just mammoth double bass and blast beats, there are incredible rhythm sections and fills throughout the entire album. Vocals are changed up quite a bit, being ultra guttural and then a higher raspier scream that sounds like no one else.
1. Straight To The Sun
3. Ghost Walking
5. The Undertow
6. The Number Six
10 . Insurrection
11. Terminally Unique
12. To The End
14. King Me
Pure Fucking American Metal titans LAMB OF GOD are back and beginning 2012 with a thirst for blood. The riffs are as catchy as ever, the solo’s are deadlier than they ever were and Randy’s vocals haven’t lost it’s touch. The rhythm section is as strong as ever with heavy under tone’s and classic LoG’s drum work. Resolution is top notch and from beginning to end it’s non stop energy and headbanging. Being that this is their 7th studio release, you’d think the riffs would get old or begin to repeat or the vocals wouldn’t be as strong as they are. You are wrong and you won’t be disappointed. This is a straight up great Lamb of God release. Produced and mixed by Josh Wilbur (Whom has done the last two LoG albums, Wrath and Sacrament), he keeps things tight and sounding great. Resolution is another chapter in the story of the band, a chapter that proves to us that there is no stopping them or even slowing them down.
“Fuck! Who are these guys? *fumbles with iPod* The Atlas Moth? This shit fucking rules!” Define them how you want, I’ll define them as greatness. The Atlas Moth has released a blackened/doom/sludge album known as An Ache For The Distance. Unique song writing of unorthodox qualities and a structure that isn’t of the norm, this album is one of the few that can branch out and do exactly what they want, how they want and achieve such a rich and grand sound. The riffs are very doom/sludge and here and there you’ll get a sense of Woods of Ypres and Agalloch in the mix. The vocals are nice, I like the singing/screaming combination on An Ache For The Distance.
I’ve never heard of this band until recently. The metal community/blogs have been promoting this album heavily and now I know what all of the commotion is about. This album has it all that you could ask for. The heavy and chunky guitar riffs, the softer guitar licks, singing and screaming vocals, great percussion and a bass guitar so fucking raw at times it feels like the cord is plugged straight into your brain. Production values are good but not overly done and fake sounding.
Each track is gold. The album grabbed me from the first note and I never let go. This is an album I would highly recommend to you all.
4.5 out of 5
Pros: excellent music and production
Cons: Only 9 songs? Guess I gotta put it on REPEAT! DARN!
Fav Tracks: Gemini, An Ache For The Distance, Courage
If you like metal in your metal then this is the album for you. Landmine Marathon (cool fucking name too) hailing from the desert have unleashed a new album known as Gallows. This album has a mix of it all…thrash-tastic Slayer style riffs, Hatebreed power chords that pummel your ass, some killer slower sludge riffs, solo’s that make you wish you could grab a guitar and do it yourself and I picked up some grind elements in there as well. Gallows is metal as fuck. Vocals are good and while you will definitely head bang, the music is rather generic and repetitive. There is no defining characteristics in these songs with a few exceptions. I felt like these songs all sounded alike.
However, these guys (and gal, who is also the one screaming in your ears) perform well. Nothing is innovative or original….just getting together and playing some fucking metal for people to scream, head bang and mosh to. Gallows is brilliant at what it does and if you listen to it you will know exactly what I am talking about.
Pros: heavy as fuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuck. Be ready to move your head/neck. Music and vocals are done well.
Cons: Same shit/Different band, album only has 8 songs
3.5 out of 5
Fav Tracks: Knife From My Sleeve, Dead Horses, Morbidity
Whiskey fueled riffs and vocals that sound angrier than your dad after a night at the bar, Brutal Truth come at you with a wonderful blend of Sludge and Grind. If there was a band I could compare Brutal Truth to it would have to be Superjoint Ritual. Both have the same rage, same dizzy slow riffs, intense mosh inducing speeds…it’s like chugging a bottle of whiskey then slamming some xanax. I love the presence of the bass guitar. Guitar riffs are good and drumming is intense. Vocals are fucking brutal. The mix of slower sludgy songs with fast as fuck songs make this album fun to listen to. The shortest track is 5 seconds, longest track is 15 minutes of feedback, noise and other shit you probably do not want to sit through. I did. Nothing special on that track at all.
While End Time is furious and heavy, there is nothing truly groundbreaking or mind blowing about album. Not saying it’s a bad thing however I’ve heard this album before it feels like. Nothing really catchy, a few songs (out of the 23) did catch my attention though. I bet Brutal Truth would fucking rape live after a couple of tall cans of PBR. That pit would be awesome. Atleast people headbanging everywhere.
Pros: Fun to listen to. Fast songs, slow songs. Vocals are great. Drumming is fast and constantly pounding your ears.
Cons: Nothing grabs me and makes me want to listen to the album over and over again. I’ve heard this album before.
3.5 out of 5
Fav Tracks: End Time, Warm Embrace of Poverty, Drink Up