Four years after their excellent Lammergyer album, Norwegian free jazz duo (drums / sax) Burning Tree unleash a new one called Ossuary Light, still wih Utech Records. Another treasure. Their relentless and noisy kind of free jazz is not for everyone's ears but I love it. For people into Dead Neanderthals, the wildest moments of John Zorn's Masada, the latest Coltrane, and actually just anyone who likes extreme sonic assults. That kind of intensity, violent and trippy, fast and deep, is rarely matched.
Never been that much into metal hardcore but I always enjoyed Converge, they are above the other bands. What about their new album The Dusk in Us ? It's in the vein of the previous one, All We Love We Leave Behind, which is not bad since it was a really good album. As usual there's good fast raging songs (like the two first ones) and also a few longer, slower more melodic ones. two songs this time, I really like the first one The Dusk in Us , whereas I'm less convinced by the other slow one Thousands of Miles Beetween Us. So we have some new additions to their already long list of excellent songs, and overall an enjoyable album. Nothing really new but they stay at their high level of quality.
Suicide Estate Antibiotic Armageddon is the reunion of two cassettes released last year by JK Flesh (Justin Broadrick). Compared to the more linear and techno (with noise and D& B elements) Rise above, also last year, I feel SEAA is closer to the older Broadrick sound, heavier, more dub and industrial noise. Excellent tracks.
Anthropic is the EP and first release of he band Anthropic, from Buffalo NY, I discovered his one mainly by chance (wandering on Bandcamp) and I'm glad I did because i's really excellent and I could listen to it all day long. Fifteen minutes for seven tracks of old school death-grind (think Repulsion or Terrorizer), relentless but dynamic and with a raw production that adds to the impact. If you're into this kind of stuff it's a really enjoyable release.
New Ideas in Psychic Music is a tape from Porland's kraut/psych/free jazz band Million Brazilians.Asyou could guess they like to experiment and their releases could be quite different one from the other. On those two songs they sound a bit like Can with some sax playing from Albert Ayler. Which is cool. Good stuff!
Ascending a Mountain of Heavy Light is the new collaborative album from The Body and Full of Hell. I don' really know how they worked together, but like their previous collaboration it sounds more like The Body featuring Full of Hell here and there and most of the time it could pass by something from The Body alone. I still wonder what is the point of collaborating with a noisegrind band if you end up with only thirty seconds of blast beats on the album. That being said I won't complain much because the album is awesome and among he best The Body released. On this one their industrial doom / power electronics is surprising, daring, and heavy and noisy as fuck with some finely crafted touches of light, just enough to bring the perfect contrast. Easily one of my favourite albums released this year.