lundi 22 mai 2017

Christian Mistress - To your Death (2015)

I should have reviewed this one earlier, but better late than never. This is the third album, called To your Death, from Christian Mistress, released in 2015 by Relapse, and it is indeed a flawless old school heavy metal album. It's style is somewhere between Thin Lizzy and Judas Priest, with great riffing, great songwriting and excellent female vocals. If you're into traditional heavy metal or even into hard rocking / heavy music in general there's just absolutely no reason you wouldn't enjoy listening to it many times.

The Bandcamp page.

samedi 20 mai 2017

Henry Kane - Den Förstörda Människans Rike (2017)

Henry Kane is the solo project of Jonny Pettersson (also in Wombbath amongst other bands). Den Förstörda Människans Rike is his first album as Henry Kane, and it's an excellent mix of Swedish old school death metal and grind. The typical sound, melodies and atmosphere of Swedish OSDM and the relentless speed, rhythms and intensity of grind. Of course it reminds Rotten Sound who are also doing this mix but Henry Kane is maybe less straightforward, with more diversity and melodic element. This is really cool stuff.

The Bandcamp page.

jeudi 18 mai 2017

Resonance Cascade / Järnbörd - Hyperakusi (split album 2017)

Hyperakusi is a good split album released by Wooaaargh, Downfall Records and Everydayhate featuring two Swedish bands, Järnbörd and Resonance Cascade. 

Järnbörd plays some excellent D-Beat / neocrust, nothing really new, but they are especially good at doing it and they avoid being too repetitive with a more subtle than usual songwriting. 

Resonance Cascade are harder and darker with their blackened hardcore / grind. I feel they often sound too generic, but it's also good stuff anyway.

If you're into the most aggressive side of hardcore or the punkier side of grind you'll probably like this split.

The BC page.


mardi 16 mai 2017

Violent Magic Orchestra - Catastrophic Anonymous (2016)

Violent Magic Orchestra is a very weird beast, don't get fooled by the fact their album Catastrophic Anonymous was released (in december 2016) by Throatruiner Records, it's completely different stuff. it's a band composed by the impredictable Japanese collective Vampilia, the French techno producer Paul Régimbeau (Mondkopf), and noise musician Pete Swanson (ex-Yellow Swans), with also vocal contributions by Chip King (The Body) and Attila Csihar (Mayhem, Sunno)))). The result could be loosely described as some kind of industrial black metal, with somewhat baroque melodic orchestration (coming from Vampilia I suppose). Most tracks are both really good and surprising  and it's a very interesting and enjoyable album. An exemple of a successfull collaboration and an excellently mastered first album (first together, not a first for each of them of course, all are experienced musicians). I hope they'll make some music together again.recommended stuff!

The Bandcamp page.


vendredi 12 mai 2017

Carved Cross - St (2017)

Carved Cross is a black metal Australian trio, they released this year their second, self titled, full lenght album. This is really good stuff, somewhere between old Burzum  and Darkthrone and more melodic stuff with synths bringing an eerie melancholic feel like Circle of Ouroborus or Lunar Aurora (I'm not really a black metal specialist so this is just to give you a general idea of how it sounds... ). Not in your face black metal at all, it's always slow paced, with no blast beats, but completely in an atmospheric mesmerizing vein. This and the very lo-fi production makes the listening experience as close to listening to noise music than to black metal, which is not a problem at all as far as I'm concerned. Anyway, these two long tracks are excellent.


vendredi 5 mai 2017

Looking for an Answer - Dios Carne (2017)

Dios Varne is the fourth album from Spanish grinders Looking for an Answer. Don't get fooled by their band name, this is not metalcore or emo whatever, this is old school death / grind in a Repulsion vein! This is really no bullshit stuff (well, the 8 minutes doom may be trendy, but in my opinion it's the useless track on the album, not really bad but absolutely not needed). In that simple and raw death / grind style they are really doing well, and if you're into that kind of stuff you'll enjoy this album. I do!

The Bandcamp page.


lundi 1 mai 2017

Danny Brown - Atrocity Exhibition (2016)

I don't listen to a lot of hip-hop and review it even more rarely. But when it's as good and special as this latest album from Danny Brown, called Atrocity Exhibition, I'm please to do it. It has modern touches, a few beats, some aspects of the MCing, but it reminds me a lot the 90'. Not so much traditionnal boom-bap, although the beats are most of the time slower and heavier than it is usually in modern hip-hop, and there's a bit of turntable scratching, which is always nice and is now nearly a rarity. But the 90' flavour is more reminiscent of trip-hop, especially the dark and eclectic productions from Tricky, but also maybe sometimes a bit of Horrorcore, a bit like Gravediggaz'. The Mcing is ok but the prods are the main strenght of Danny Brown, with a lot of inventivity and diversity while the quality stays on a high and the overall result is still cohesive. Also a track with B-Real is always welcome. This is an excellent album and even if you're not that much into hip-hop you should give it a try.


Danny Brown website.


mardi 25 avril 2017

Cloud Rat : split 7 w Crevasse and split LP w Moloch (2017)


Cloud Rat is in my opinion the best metal hardcore band of recent years. These two new splits (a 7 with Crevasse and a split album with Moloch) are another proof of how good they are. At the same time they have the best song of the super aggressive and ferocious kind and also manages to bring in an interesting and original way different elements, more melodic, into their hardcore. Two tracks on these splits embodies this original approach, on the one with Crevasse you have with "Fish in a Pool" a strange D-Beat meets Sonic Youth mix that works out perfectly. On the split with Moloch you find an even more radically different thing with "Amber Flush" which is a very good post-punk / new-wave song. excellent stuff again from Cloud Rat.

Crevasse is a good female fronted hardcore band, their two track are quite enjoyable. Moloch plays a doom metal / hardcore that failed to grab my attention. 

The Cloud Rat / Crevasse split BC page.

The Cloud Rat / Moloch split BC page.


jeudi 20 avril 2017

Pissed Jeans - Why Love Now (2017)

Don't get fooled by the cover : this is not mellow indie rock. Pissed Jeans, on this fourth album Why Love Now are still playing their nervous noise rock, sounding not very far from bands like Unsane, Nirvana and Black Flag. They never failed to deliver a good album and this one is no exception. It's even possible it's their best, with songs more "catchy" without losing any of their power and bite. Addictive stuff.

The Bandcamp page.


mercredi 12 avril 2017

Stimulant - Stimulant (2017)

Stimulant is a new band with two third of Water Torture. They released their first, self titled album with the excellent Nerve Altar label. All that means high expectations but the album proves to be up to up. Keeping elements from Water Torture but proposing a different formula as well. no more bass guitar but a guitar / drums duo, with still noise added. This is less heavy / sludgy but faster with more fastcore like parts. Similar elements, a different mix, but it still is lethal. Very strong suff.

The BC page.

vendredi 7 avril 2017

Alien Deviant Circus - Ananta Abhâva (2015)

Alien Deviant Circus is a French industrial black metal duo, Ananta Abhâva, released in 2015, is their third album. The album combines an industrial futuristic sound and an oriental mysticism inspiration. It uses black metal (the vocals and guitars) and industrial elements (the beats, the guitars) for the heavy and aggressive parts and combines it with dark ambient / ritualistic parts. The result is original and interesting , managing to produces some strong atmospheres, dark but of a kind not usual in black / industrial metal. The songs are long but not boring because there's a good balances between the repetitive / ritualistic ambient vibes and the straightforward aggressivity. Good stuff.

The Bandcamp page.


jeudi 6 avril 2017

Aluk Todolo - Archives vol.1 (2017)

As it's title, Archives vol.1, indicates this is not a new album but a collection of unreleased tracks from the French instrumental rock trio Aluk Todolo. These tracks from 2004 to 2010 shows a slightly more minimalistic and less polished aspect of Aluk Todolo's music. The elements are already kraut / noise drone / psychedelia but the repetitive and ritualistic vibe is even more present, like a focus on the basics of the band. I'm not always convinced by these kinds of releases but these tracks deserved to be released and their interest is not just an historic one, I really like listening to it again and again and if you're into this kind of music I'm sure you will do as well. As usual with Aluk Todolo this is high quality stuff.

The Bandcamp page.


lundi 3 avril 2017

Tomb Mold - Primordial Malignity (2017)

Tomb Mold is a duo from Toronto. Their demo released last year drew some well deserved attention, and now their first album Primordial Malignity places Tomb Mold as one of the best newcomers in the death metal scene. Their starting point was their love for early Finnish DM, but I can also hear some US old school elements, they sound rawer than USDM but also are more brutal and technical than scandinavian OSDM. They are different on many points but the band that comes to my mind the most when listening to Tomb Mold would be Suffocation, maybe because Suffocation helped pushing old school death metal to a new level of brutality. Tomb Mold has it all, good songs, good riffing, a cool bass sound, a raw and savage feel, the groove, good vocals, etc. making Primordial Malignity an excellent death metal album. Yes all the praises they get is deserved. Recommended stuff!

The Bandcamp page.



dimanche 26 mars 2017

Dödläge - Ritual Slaughter (2016)

Dödläge is a band from Portland, their latest album called Slaughter Ritual released last year by Profane Existence is proof they are currently one of the best D-beat band in activity. As could be expected from a band with ex-Black Hole of Calcutta members their D-beat is on the heavier and more metallic side, we could say halfway between Discharge and Extreme Noise Terror. Less rock'n'roll but heavier and a bit more complex than Discharge, less grind / death than ENT but with vocals on a similar level of aggression. If you are into D-beat / metallic crust there's absolutely no reason you would'nt enjoy this album

The BC page.


mercredi 22 mars 2017

Lock Up - Demonization (2017)

Fourth album from Lock Up (still with Shane Embury and Nick Barker) and a third singer. Kevin Sharp replace Tomas Lindberg (who did a good job on the two previous albums but is now too busy with At the Gates) and as expected his craziness and savagery as a singer fits the band very well. What doesn't change (with Embury and Barker of course) is that on Demonization Lock Up's death/grind is as brutal as usual. But it's a bit less relentless and makes way for some slower parts even if most of the time it's still very fast. Overall this is another really good and enjoyable album from Lock Up.

The Bandcamp page.

samedi 18 mars 2017

Psychic TV - Alienist (2016)

With this album called Alienist P-Orridge and Psychic TV bring us something that is not crazy experimentation but more a return to rock'n'roll roots, especially with the two covers "Jump into the fire" and "How does it feel" that are nicely groovy. The two originals are more in a psychedelic rock vein that reminds Psychic TV latest album "Snakes". But the covers and originals flows well together making an enjoyable album, with more diversity than "Snakes" and more cohesion than "Hell in invisible / Heaven is Here/E". The album is quite "easy listening" but Psychic TV still manage to do psychedelic rock without falling into the usual formula (yes psychedelic rock, a style that was at the start supposed to be dedicated to experimentating, turned, like punk, into something very standardised and predictable. sad but true). Alienist is a really good album, my favourite among recent Psychic TV albums.

The Bandcamp page.


dimanche 12 mars 2017

Ruin - Drown in Blood (2017)

Ruin is supposed to have its roots back in 1991, reformed in 2015 and Drown in Blood is their first album and a very good one. Old school US death metal that is more about the gloomy, atmosphere, the putrid feel, the raw heaviness and the groove (they are especially good for the groove) than about being fast or technical. There's some blast and d d-beat but most of the time it is quite slow. A crawling monster of a death metal album. The songwriting is great and a few songs are really "cool" (well, in their gruesome way) and memorable (try not to headbang during "Nightmares in a void"!). The "nicely disgusting" vocals are also a good point. Highly Recommended! I'm pretty sure this one will end as one of my favourite death-metal album of the year.

mercredi 8 mars 2017

The Drip - The Haunting Fear of Inevitability (2016)

The Haunting Fear of Inevitability, released in the end of 2016 on Relapse records by The Drip is a modern grind album that fits easily in today's state of extreme metal. Grind with a clear and powerfull sound, with a swedish death metal flavour and executed in an modern metallic hardcore style. It often sounds a bit like Rotten Sound covering Hatebreed. With some guitar leads adding a slight bit of melody here and there. It's a bit too "modern hardcore metal" for me but still this is very efficiently done and with enough intensity to make it an enjoyable listen, even for an "old school kind of guy" like me. Good stuff.

the BC page.



vendredi 3 mars 2017

Restive Plaggona - Committed to the Truth (2017)

Committed to the Truth is a new tape released by Restive Plaggona (Dimitris Doukas) with the Italian label Yerevan Tapes. This is seven tracks of electro music ranging from rythmic noise to industrial techno or dark ambient. Mostly quiet with an ominous pulse (slow or mid-tempo), some synth melodies here and there, a bit of noise, discreet beats, through the diversity of the tracks it manages well to develop a dark, mysterious and haunted atmosphere. Each tracks has it's own character and bring something interesting to the listening experience. Good stuff!

The Bandcamp page.

mardi 28 février 2017

Arizmenda - Despairs Dephts Descended (2016)

Despairs Dephts Descended is the second of the two albums Arizmenda (a band belonging to the Black Twilight Circle) released last year. Beneath this Reality of Flesh is also really good and similar to Despaires Dephts Descended, so this review could be read as a review of both albums. LIke other band from the BTC Arizmenda is not about following some rigid "true black metal" formula, they're about to breath some new life into black metal. The specificity of their black metal takes mostly the form of darkly psychedelic guitar riffing and leads. The vocals, more mournfull / ritualistic than overtly aggressive or hatefull is also different from usual black metal and reinforces the eerie feel of their music. They keep the usual lo-fi standard for their sound and it helps making the songs sound like the soundtrack to some nightmares or terrific bad trips. Original and really good stuff.



mercredi 22 février 2017

The Arson Project - Disgust (2017)

The Arson Project is a swedish modern grind band, after a few short but promising releases in the 00'  they kinda diseappeared, but happily they are now back with full-force with their first album called Disgust. It's still modern grind in a hardcore vein, if you're into that, This album, along with the recent one by The Drip, is a must listen (if you're more into old school grind / Repulsion kind of stuff check the Terrorazar album released in 2016). It's sometimes a bit too metallic hardcore sounding for my taste but Disgust is a very intense album, as grind should be, and some songs are really excellent, so I'd recommend it to anyone into grind. Really good stuff!

Their BC page.


vendredi 17 février 2017

Kali - Duress (2012)

Kali is (was?) a hardcore band from the US, and this (20 minutes) cassette,released in 2012, called Duress compiles what they ever recorded (an EP, a split and new songs). A pity they seem inactive now, they were great. Very good for short burst of fastcore as well as for longer, slower songs in a more screamo vein (altough more noisy and violent than most screamo). The vocals are very good and the ensemble carries a great feel of intensity, of every kind of intensity hardcore can carry. Recommended stuff!

The BC page.

vendredi 10 février 2017

Uniform - Wake in Fright (2017)

With Wake in Fright, their second album, more abrasive than the first, Unifrom is probably the most aggressive band of Sacred Bones Records. Their industrial / noise-rock / power-electronics places them on the most extreme and raw end of the post-punk spectrum. They often are closer to NIN, Godflesh than to Joy Division. Their songs really carries a feel of anger, frustration and anguish. Their first releases were good but this one is even better. If you're into any kind of indus / noise music Wake in Fright is a must listen. Highly recommended.

The Bandcamp page.
 

mardi 7 février 2017

GR (Aka Gregory Raimo) - Propel Tension on Polyester Base (Tapes Archives) 2016

Good to hear Gregory Raimo again! The French psych kraut fuzz rocker is back with a collection of unreleased recordings from 2008-2016 called Propel Tension on Polyester Base (Tapes Archives). I'm usually not fond of this kind of release and more in favour of "proper" albums but when it comes to improvisational / experimental music it can be as interesting as an album. GR is deep down in the experimental / improvisational side of rock music, and this release is very worth your time if you're into this kind of trippy stuff. It's mostly instrumental, with a few vocal parts but never really close to your typical rock "song". It goes from psych fuzzy garage rock to completely kosmische music, from the riffing to the repetitive loops. Good stuff.

The Bandcamp page.


lundi 6 février 2017

Power Trip - Nightmare Logic (2017)

Manifest Decimation in 2013 was a very strong first album and now its follow-up Nightmare Logic (also with Southern Lord Records), end establishing firmly Power Trip as one of the very best recent thrash metal band. The basic formula is still the same, a lot of aggressive old school thrash metal (Slayer, Exodus, Testament) and a bit of Cro-Mags style hardcore. In Nightmare Logic I also hear more groove (Pantera comes to mind more often this time) and in general a more concise and focused songwriting with a more personnal style. Exactly what is needed for a second album actually. I'm more into grind or noise than traditionnal metal these days but an album like Nightmare Logic manages to get me exited and reminds me why I get into metal in the first place. Very cool stuff!

The BC page. 


jeudi 2 février 2017

Terrorazor - Abysmal Hymns of Disgust (2016)

2016 has been a really good year for grind debut albums. I already reviewed Asphalt Graves, Cavernicular, Chepang, Sonic Poison and Writhing Mass (see HERE my list of best grind in 2016 with the links to the reviews). And now here comes this "instant classic" first album, Abysmal Hymns of Disgust by Terrorazor from Germany. Their music reminds Terrorizer ( yes, it's not only the name and cover art, it's also the music, the style and the quality) and Repulsion. Their old school grind has blasts and d-beat, punk / trash riffing (and also a bit of guitar soloing!), and old school death metal vocals, sound and groove. But what sets Terrorazor apart is their ability to write excellent grind songs, brutal and catchy at the same time. The 19 songs album is all killers and no fillers and some songs will really stick in your heads in a way death-grind rarely manages to do. Another good find by Selfmadegod Records.If you're into old school death and grind this is really a must listen.

The Bandcamp page.



lundi 30 janvier 2017

Ten Thousand Miles of Arteries - Even Spilled Seed Crawls Toward The Womb (2016)

Ten Thousand Miles of Arteries is a one man power electronics project  from the US and Even Spilled Seed Crawls Toward The Womb, released last year by Annihilvs Power Electronix is its first album. And it's a great one, with a crawling ominous feel. The noise is enriched by synths that gives colours or shape to the tracks and slow paced percussions strengtening the sorrowfull atmospheres. The vocals adds another layer of despair. It could remind the works of Justin K. Broadrick and Mick Harris (their industrial music, not Napalm Death!), but in a power electronics vein. Really excellent stuff.

The Bandcamp page.



mercredi 25 janvier 2017

Triage - Power Beat (2016)

Triage is a young band from Toronto , they released a good EP last year called Power Beat. Five short songs that sounds a bit like if early Slayer (I mean Show no Mercy and Hell Awaits) would have gone hardcore. And with a girl singing. If you wonder if it sounds like Undisputed Attitude (when Slayer actually recorded covers of hardcore songs) the answer is yes, a bit. Anyway it's a very good first release (after a demo) and despite it's influences still manage to sound "fresh".

The BC page.

samedi 21 janvier 2017

Internal Rot / Mellow Harsher - split 7'' (2016)

This is a very good grind split. 4 songs from Internal Rot who are from Australia and plays some old school grind (think Napalm Death and Extreme Noise Terror) with good riffing and groove. Mellow Harsher (8 songs on this split) are from the USA, their songs are especially short and fast, their grind is a bit like some more brutal fastcore, with good results. Recommended !

The Internal Rot side.

The Mellow Harsher side.

lundi 16 janvier 2017

Teeth of the Sea - Highly Deadly Black Tarantula (2015)

I plan to review this one since a long time (it's been released in 2015) but I wasn't sure how to do it justice, it's an excellent album but just describing it is not an easy task, which is also part of its charm by the way. On Highly Deadly Black Tarantula the quartet from the UK Teeth of the Sea goes into darker territory with more industrial / noise elements added to their krautrock / progressive / electronica. It can evokes Pink Floyd, but also The Body, T'ien Lai, or the Young Gods, and then The Mars Volta with it's nice use of a trumpet. Well, you get it, it's impredictible, but always manages to build stong atmospheres, making it a very interesting and enjoyable listen. Highly recommended!

The  Bandcamp page.


samedi 14 janvier 2017

This Ends Here / Conqueror Worm split (2017)

This is the first 2017 release on Blasting Days, two bands I discover with this split, released by the German label WOOAAARGH. Two bands from Bristol (UK). This Ends Here plays a rather unconventionnal kind of hardcore somewhere between crust, screamo and post-hardcore. Quite good. But my favourite side is Conqueror Worm, a lot rawer and savage, sounding a bit like noisegrind covers of Black Flag songs, and it is excellent. Really good stuff. 

The BC page for the split.

Conqueror Worm BC page.

This Ends Here BC page.

 

mercredi 11 janvier 2017

Cavernicular - ST (2016)

This self-titled album from the Italian band Cavernicular is a really great first release. Their grind / Powerviolence is really straight to the point and there's no fillers among the fourteen songs on the album. The riffing is sharp and good and their use of dual vocals (one guy doing death metal style vocals and the other more punk) is very efficient in bringing more dynamic in the songs in addition to the good rhythmic section. This is a very enjoyable and addictive album. A very strong start for this new band and I hope to hear them again soon .

Their BC page.


mardi 10 janvier 2017

Kubata - Zep Tepi (2016)

Kubata is a Brazilian band playing some instrumental trippy music. Zep Tepi released in 2016 is their first album, after an EP in 2015 (also recommended). They blend some Ethio-jazz keyboard parts, some Afro-funk rhythms and guitar parts, with some progressive / psychedelic rock elements for a really cool result, mysterious and groovy. Good stuff!

The Bandcamp page.




samedi 7 janvier 2017

Kommando - Distroyer / Iron Goat Triumph (2016)

Kommando is a german band and their latest album Distroyer / Iron Goat Triumph (released mid 2016) is the album each bands mixing d-beat / punk and black metal are trying to do. The idea of mixing the two is indeed obviously a good idea but rarely the result is as convincing as it is on this album. Raw and fucking pissed off, angry and evil, disgusted and nihilistic. Very nice actually (when expressed in a musical form).

The BC page. 

vendredi 6 janvier 2017

My favourites 2016 grind releases

Here's my "traditionnal" list of best grind releases of the passed year (and I feel 2016 was a good year for grind), in alphabetical order and with the links to the review I wrote :


 Asphalt Graves - The New Primitive  the review

Cavernicular - Self-titled  the review

Chepand - Lathi Charge    the review

Coffin Birth / Shitgrinder split EP   the review 

Gadget - The Great Destroyer    the review

Livet Som Insats - Check your Grind   the review

Sissy Spacek - Disfathom   the review

Sonic Poison - Harsh Demonstration  the review 

Terrorazor - Abysmal Hymns of Disgust - the review

Violent Frustration - Peace was Never an Option   the review

Wormrot - Voices   the review

Writhing Mass - Human Capital EP    the review