mercredi 15 juin 2016

Kurushimi - st (2016)

Kurushimi is an australian band, like Art as Catharsis, the label releasing their first self-titled album. What they do is really special blending grindcore, free jazz and some dub elements (the use of reverb and some more ambient parts). That mix of course reminds John Zorn's Naked city and Painkiller and the fact that it's partly improvised, with musicians playing under the direction of conductors, is also probably Zorn influenced. But even if the influence is obvious they don't sound like a tribute band, there's a different songwriting approach and also there's two saxophone players (alto, tenor and baritone), bass guitar, guitar, and a bit of flute and turntable, and no screaming. It really makes an interesting and enjoyable listen.

The Bandcamp page.

samedi 11 juin 2016

Sissy Spacek - Disfathom (2016)

This new Sissy Spacek release, called Disfathom, can be seen as the following to their "Lead their exit" one two years ago (In the meantime they released two other albums, one more free jazz / noisecore as an ensemble of six musicians, and a more noise / power electronics one. good stuff as well, also extreme in a different way). This time Sara Taylor (Youth Code singer) is not holding the mic anymore and they plays as a duo, John Wiese drumming and Charlie Mumma playing bass, I don't know who's doing the vocals. It sounds more death-metal and less grind / hc than Sara Taylor I'd say but it aslo fits the music which is relentless noisegrind, eighteen songs in something like ten minutes. never slowing down. never. very fast and dense stuff. If you're not already convinced that most hardcore bands pretending they play very agressive music are just posers... And Disfathom is nearly "easy listening" compared to their two previous releases. If you liked Lead their exit you'll find Disfathom a really worthy successor. And if you don't kown already Sissy Spacek don't miss the occasion (you can also read the interview I did in 2014 with John Wiese). Their music is as extreme as it can be whitout following the traditionnal patterns of extreme metal (nor any other pattern exept their own).

The BC page.

mardi 7 juin 2016

Skullshitter - Transmission : Command (2015)

Transmission : Command, released last year and now on vinyl from Nerve altar is the first album of the Brooklynites Skullshitter (their drummer plays also in Trenchgrinder and Mutant Supremacy). This is excellent death/grind, disgusting, barbaric and reeking the old school (Repulsion, Autopsy comes to mind). Very old school but with a chaotic songwriting that is not traditionnal, often surprising and channeling perfectly the crazy spirit and loose agression of grind. They will please the grind freaks and the old school and raw death metal lovers as well. They also recently released a digital Ep. Great stuff!!

Their BC page.

jeudi 2 juin 2016

Landskap - III (2016)

Landskap is among the best heavy rocking bands but few knows it. Their third album (called III for mysterious reasons) altough not my favourite one keep the quality at a very high level. Their doom / stoner / psych rock is different from the countless bands now playing this kind of music because it is a bit more progressive, the organ brings a Deep purple and The Doors something, and speaking of The Doors their great vocalist reminds more Jim Morrison than Ozzy Osbourne wich is also a very welcome change. Why is it not my favourite among their three albums? well, I feel their guitar sound is maybe a bit more modern now, getting closer to the sound of many stoner rock bands. And the best songs on the album are maybe a bit inferior to the best songs they had on their previous albums, maybe because the songwriting is a bit more traditionnal. But it's still very very good and a really enjoyable listen.

Their Bandcamp page.

mardi 31 mai 2016

Amygdala - Population Control (2016)

Population Control is the first album from Amygdala, and one I was waiting for because I have been really impressed by their EP The Horror of not being able to forget (read HERE my review). And I'm not disapointed by the album because their hardcore still sound as intense and heartfelt. While they don't really innovate they manage to avoid sounding as repetitive, predictable and boring as most hardcore band do, Amygdala sound like they are not flat and have one dimension more compared to most of hardcore music.

Their Bandcamp page.

dimanche 29 mai 2016

Cruciamentum - Charnel Passages (2015)

Charnel Passages from the UK death metal band Cruciamentum is an album that I should have paid more attention to last year, I knew them because their demo and first EP brought them deserved recognition in the underground DM scene, but for reason that I don't really understand I wasn't at first very impressed by their first album. I was a fool because it is indeed very good and it's for good reason that it was prased. Don't follow the hype too much, but sometimes "the hype" (well, we're talking about death-metal...) is right... That been said, what about the music? excellent death-metal in an old school vein, not swedish, but not completely american although it reminds sometimes Morbid Angel with the heaviness, the grooves and the atmospheres coming nicely together. Dark and crushing at the same time with some first class songwriting skills displayed, so you memorise the songs easily even if it's not less complex than any other death metal. Highly recommended if you're into death-metal.

The Bandcamp page.

mardi 24 mai 2016

Haikai No Ku - Temporary Infinity (2016)

Haikai No Ku formed in 2012 as a "power trio" with Mike Vest (Bong, 11Paranoias, Blown out, etc.) on guitar, Jerome Smith on bass and Sam Booth on drums. Temporary Infinity is something like their fourth or fifth album. It delivers the expected amount of slow and heavy psychedelic rock drowned in feedback and delays. What set it apart from other psychedelic bands is the darker feel, evoking more lovecraftian unspeakable horrors than flower power. We could say it's somewhere between Bong and 11Paranoias with more lead guitars. In fact it would be closer to a nightmarish version of Blown out. Anyway if you're into heavy rock and dark psychedelia this is something you have to listen to. Strong stuff!

The Bandcamp page.