dimanche 22 avril 2018

Ilsa - Corpse Fortress (2018)

I don't know if Ilsa's previous four albums (a few splis as well) were less good or if there was something wrong with me when I listened to it but I felt it was ok but not much more than that. But their new one, Corpse Fortress, grabbed my attention and won me at first listen. Their old school death metal reminds both Bolt Thrower and swedeath (with some death-doom elements as well), with good riffing but their strongest force is the heavy groove. Yes, the groove, what sets apart the best death metal band is not the brutality or the technique, it's the groove. And Corpse Fortress is full of this groove. Really good stuff, highly recommended!

The BC page.


vendredi 20 avril 2018

Iceage - Beyondless (2018)


I admit being late for getting familliar with Iceage, probably because for me the hype deserved them. And I first listened to Marching Church the solo project of their singer/guitarist (also excellent in a quite similar vein) But sometimes the hype is right... So "Beyondless" is the first Icage album I review, their fourth one. The Danish band is indeed one of the very best recent band in the post-punk/noise rock scene. In terms of influence The Cure first and then Sonic Youth comes to my mind. But where they do better than the countless bands trying to "sound like" is that they bring some inventivity and diversity (including a clever and subtle use of sax), and have their own specific sound, not only reminding other bands. And they have a truly excellent singer that really brings character to the music. Excellent stuff.



mardi 10 avril 2018

Abjured - Absolutist (2018)

"Absolutist" is the second album from the German grind quartet Abjured. Like the first one seven years ago it's very influenced by Nasum, modern grind/punk, super intense and fast, more thight and with a "bigger" sound than traditionnal grind. Ok, "Absolutist" is maybe slightly less Nasum like. Slightly. Anyway I also like this kind of grind and they are good at doing it, and they are not really less original than countless hardcore bands, or doomsters recycling Black Sab' ad nauseam, etc. so why not? Absolutist is a well written and executed modern grind album and I enjoy it.

The BC page.

lundi 26 mars 2018

Bong - Thought and Existence (2018)

Mike Vest (from Newcastle, UK) is one of the best and most prolific guitarist in the heavy, slow and psychedelic rock music (he's also doing 11 Paranoias, Blown Out, and other bands), Bong is its slower and more drone inclined band. The new album to be released in May with Ritual Productions and called Thought and Existence is about "the inward expansive nature of the mind and our senses". By now you probably know what to expect. It is indeed very slow, repetitive, trippy and immersive music, and on this albums the trio has been highly sucessfull in achieving that and making it a really strong and enjoyable listening experience. Maybe their best album. I really like it.

The Ritual Productions BC page.

samedi 17 mars 2018

Scorched - Excavated for Evisceration (2018)

This new release from Scorched, called Excavated for Evisceration (do you like poetry?), is not a new album but the gathering of two demos from 2015 and 2017. But it's a good release anyway and I'm discovering them thanks to it, so... What they play is old school thrashy death metal (what a surprise!), vicious riffing for a putrid feel. Could remind early Cannibal Corpse and Autopsy, not exactly, but this kind of stuff... There's also some horror movie style synth interludes, useless in my opinion, but not really a problem either.  If you're into old school death metal I recommended you give it a try.

The BC page.


mardi 13 mars 2018

Pessimist - Pessimist (2017)

I discovered Pessimist with the excellent 12'' Balaklava (in 2016), and the self-titled album he released last year (again on Blackest Ever Black) is also high quality stuff. Sowewhat dub techno with the addition of excellent jungle loops. Combining techno and drum & bass (I said "jungle" because I'd say it's quite old school sounding d & b) is not easy, but Pessimist masters it. With this album he's building an atmosphere that is like a wandering in an old factory/warehouse that is haunted by the echoes of the rave/soundsystem of the nights. I like it.

The BC page.


samedi 10 mars 2018

Voidhanger - Dark Days of the Soul (2018)

Dark Days of the Soul is the third album from Polish trio Voidhanger. Their music sounds like a cool mix of Entombed, Marduk, Martyrdod  and Impaled Nazarene, trashy black/death with a healthy dose of d-beat. They keep things simple and straight to the point and they're good at it producing catchy and memorable songs that anyone into this kind of radical metalpunk would dig.

The BC page.


jeudi 8 mars 2018

Emanation - Temple Sleep Crystallization (2016)

Temple Sleep Crystallization is the second album from the Spanish one man band Emanation (you can read HERE my review of it's previous one). This is the kind of black metal that would feel at ease in the company of bands like Blut Aus Nord, Aluk Todolo or Chaos Echoes. There's definitely a black metal base (low-fi guitar sound, blast-beats on some traks, a bit of croaked vocals, the anguished feel), but sounding a bit like it's played by free jazz musicians, plunged into a vortex of dissonance, and passed through a krautrock machine (repetitive patterns and the general weirdness). It is a very special and excellent album.

The BC page.

lundi 5 mars 2018

Repulsione - Desecrating (2018)

Repulsione is an Italian two bass guitars and a drummer grind trio. Desecrating (released by Wooaaargh this month) is their third album (I think, I'm discovering them with this one... but they started in 2004. shame on me, I'm slightly late! ). On these fourteen tracks you'll enjoy some cool deathgrind grooves as well as faster bursts of grind/PV with a "schling schling" snare sound that I really like, with also some good traditionnal grind vocals. Old school sounding but offering something different as well, this is a very nice album I will listen to many times.  Recommended!

The BC page.


lundi 26 février 2018

H880 - Noir et Mornes (2018), Czarnadusza (EP 2017), You, Me and the Violence (2016)

I'm briefly reviewing here three releases form the French techno producer H880.
His most recent Noir et Mornes stress the most dark ambient side of his industrial & hardcore techno, you guessed it it's darker and more ambient...
the Czarnadusza EP released in the end of last year is more beat-driven, with a more warehouse rave / hardcore feel.
You, Me and the Violence released in 2016 is more an album, a set in 6 acts, and progress from a quieter dark feel to more direct hardcore tracks. (so we could say it combines the sound of his two releases that followed).
Anyway, those three releases, as well as what he did before, is all good and anyone into the bleaker/darker /industrial side of hardcore techno should pay attention to it and enjoy.

The bandcamp pages :
Noir et Mornes

Czarnadusza

You, Me and the Violence

lundi 19 février 2018

Abatuar - Perversiones de Muerte Putrefacta (2017)

Perversiones de Muerte Putrefacta is the first album (after two demos) of the one man band from Panama Abatuar (it's sung in spanish). It's very raw and bestial old school death metal reminds both Revenge and Repulsion. I especially like it's most d-beat/grind parts, breathing some dynamism into the chaos. If you like this kind of musical savagery (I do!) it's a really enjoyable album.

The BC page.

dimanche 18 février 2018

Sammal - Suuliekki (2018)


With their previous threes releases Sammal established themselves as one of the best recent psych/prog rock bands so expectations were very high for this new one Suuliekki (still with Svart Records). While maybe not as strong and immersive as myrskyvaroitus, Suuliekki maintain the top quality we are used to with Sammal, with their exellent typically Finnish melodies and excellency for crafting atmosphere and moods. Here the moods are a bit more varied and globally lighter, while the melancholy is never very far (they are Finnish, mind you!). Another awesome and unique album from Sammal. They stay one of my favourite bands. A must listen if you're into this kind of music. Well, anyone should give it a try actually...

The Svart page for the album.

The Bandcamp page of the band.




mardi 13 février 2018

Necrodancer - Void (2017)

Void is the first album from the new band Necrodancer (with members that are or were in Daggers or Verdun). While the "funeral grunge" tag they use isn't to be taken too seriously it's true that their dark and melodic hardcore metal avoid sounding like another generic hardcore/metal band. But what is the most striking is their ability at writing memorable and catchy songs with hooks and grooves. And after seeing them live the other day (their second concert as Necrodancer) I can add they're also really good as a live band. Recommended stuff!

The BC page.


samedi 10 février 2018

Six Brew Bantha - Blight (2018)

With this new album called Blight Six Brew Bantha are back four years after Intravenously Commodified to remind us they are among the best grind bands of the last years. Strongly rooted in old school grind/punk they refine it with a more complex songwriting, while keeping intact the merciless relentless intensity that is the main feature of grindcore. This approach is stressed in this new album with songs (six of it) a bit longer (2 or 3 minutes on average). From my first listen I knew Blight has the level of excellency I expect from the Canadian grind trio. If you like grind go for it right now. Highly recommended stuff!

The BC page.

jeudi 8 février 2018

SXAP - Cathedral (2017)

SXAP is a one man band (from the guy doing also Sxuperion) that could be described as atmospheric black metal, but more precisely the latest album, released last year and called Cathedral, is black metal riffs and blast beats played on a background of harsh noise (for a result that actually does not sound very different from very very low-fi more traditionnal black metal), with a bit of layers of synth and some screaming here and there. The noise, drumming and riffs being the dominant elements in the music. I like the mysterious, eerie and bleak atmosphere created, somewhat darkly psychedelic, and the riffs are discreet but good, making  Cathedral an album different from the usual black metal and really good. recommended stuff.

The BC page.

mercredi 7 février 2018

Mammoth Grinder - Cosmic Crypt (2018)

If you're in need of your dose of old school metal/punk then Mammoth Grinder's Cosmic Crypt is exactly what you need. The trio with two Iron Reagan and a Power Trip delivers what sounds very very close to a mix of Entombed, Slayer and Discharge. If you like those bands you'll like Cosmic Crypt because Mammoth Grinde ris really good at playing this mix and they crafted a very well done and enjoyable album. They keep it short, straight to the point and pertfectly efficient, with no dull moments.

The BC page.

lundi 5 février 2018

Oil Thief - Obsolescence & Monality (2015)

Obsolescence & Monality is the debut album, released by Chondritic sound in 2015, by Oil Thief. This is some absurdly good rhythmic noise, weird and/or ominous atmospheres with the noise & synths, inventive and powerfull beats. If you're into this kind of stuff you just have to listen to try, you won't regret. Check as well the Ep's he released after this album. Really special and strong stuff.

The BC page.

dimanche 4 février 2018

Endorphins Lost / OSK split7'' (2018)

Good new powerviolence split beetween Endorphins Lost from Seattle and OSK from Canada. Endorphins Lost is more on the hardcore side of PV whereas OSK is more grind (although these three tracks are not their fastest).
each bands have a different style, and there's also variety between the different tracks from each bands so it makes a dynamic listen. good and enjoyable stuff!

The BC page.



mercredi 31 janvier 2018

Ragana - You Take Nothing (2017)

Ragana is a girl duo in Oakland coming from Olympia, You Take Nothing is their fourth album, a good blend of doom, screamo and black metal, good variations in styles and intensity, with calm moments with clean vocals, and screaming moments. Mixing these styles are quite trendy nowadays, but they do it differently, so the album sounds "fresh".
Good stuff.

The BC page.

lundi 29 janvier 2018

Dead Sea Apes - Sixth Side Of The Pentagon (2017)

I just saw that Dead Sea Apes will release a new album next month, but for now I'm reviewing their latest one, released in 2017 Sixth Side Of The Pentagon. With this one the English instrumental psych rock trio followed the direction taken on the last track of the previous album ("Spectral Domain"), that is they translated their psych feel in a dark dub language. And the result is just excellent. While many psych rock bands of today are just recycling the sale tired clichés of the style, Dead Sea Apes are pusher it further, true to the innovative and experimenting dynamic psychedelic rock had at at its origin. And an album like this one shows how risk taking can be fully rewarded with artistic success. A really good album, interesting, deep and enjoyable. Highly recommended !

The BC page.

samedi 27 janvier 2018

Cavernicular - Man's Place in Nature (2017)

I'm happy Cavernicular released a solid following to their first album really good released in 2016. In Man's Place in Nature the powerviolence / grind of the Italian band kept it's straight to the point power. The two vocalist (hardcore yells/ death metal grunts) are still doing a good job. Another album that's really recommended if youre into this kind of music.

The BC page.




jeudi 25 janvier 2018

Symbolic Death - Negative Leader (2017)

Negative leader is the first LP of french producer Symbolic death. Five tracks of really good dark hardcore techno, simple but classy and efficient. Good beats, snare drums and synths, good dark industrial atmosphere. Good stuff.

The BC page.

mercredi 24 janvier 2018

S.B.S.M - Leave your Body (EP 2018)

So my first review of a 2018 release will be the new EP from S.B.S.M called "Leave your Body". An excellent start for the new year if you ask me. It's their fourth EP, time for a longer release now, please! anyway, most important is that they maintain the quality of their music, and they do! They kept the nice wild no-wave feel while their music is getting harder, sounding on those four tracks even more like a punk/hardcore meeting industrial/noise mix, reminding a bit Youth Code (with also a girl screaming) but less EBM and more noise, rawer and dirtier.
Great stuff again from S.B.S.M, highly recommended !

The BC page

 ps : looks like they share one or two members with Ragana. Expect a review of Ragana latest album, it's really good as well, in a different style.



mardi 23 janvier 2018

Gowl - On our Feet or on our Knees (2017)

The mighty Gowl are back with an awesome cassette called On our Feet or on our Knees. Their noisegrind is maybe less chaotic than it had been but it gained in heavy crawling groove and the songwriting still escapes the usual clichés. They managed again to make one of the best grind release of the year (2017 this time). And don't miss the track in the middle with the spooky horror movie style synths/sample part, it's usually boring but they succeeded in making it a highlight of the album (although there's no weak part it's all killer from beginning to end).
Awesome stuff even if you're not a grind maniac (well, I suppose, I'm a grind maniac myself!).

The BC page.



lundi 22 janvier 2018

Interview : Hüsmanskost

Since I started Blasting Days six years ago (yes!) I posted more than a hundred interviews but last one was more than a year ago. But I'm pleased to tell you that  interviews are back on the blog (maybe on a monthly basis?), starting with this one with the excellent grind band Hüsmanskost (see my review of their new album just in the post below, HERE).
Here it is :

- Can you go back to the origin of the band and tell us how it happened? what was he project at the start and how have you evolved since the beginning of the band?

Well, the year was 2015, I felt burnt out... I needed something fresh. So I heard about this young drummer, experienced as a punk drummer and had a passion for Grind.
So we had a few practices without knowing what to play or do. So just hey... make a riff to this drum track and hey... make a drum track to this riff.
As we went went on we just said was that ok? is this ok? Ok! But still for me it was kind of a pressure, as i came from more thrash and death we had to adapt to each other, as you can hear in our music.
So it`s like Crust/Grind/death/punk... Call it Crust/Grind or Crossover Grindcore... we don`t care, now we are exited to start working on our third album.


- What about the name of the band? first what does it means, and why did you chose that name?

The name?.. hehe... what can i say...Traditional household cuisine/food? I Think we felt like... ok, lets make traditional metal for the homes or families? and the name of the first alubm...
Is a play on words for a traditonal food called Fårikål... we play grindcore... what about... Fåricore?? (laugh)


- What about your new album, Ründpült? what did you try to do differently from the first one?

The new album... was really a slow year... just a few practices... we had everything recorded, just guitar and drums... And the drummer put pressure on us just... HEY!! RECORD AN ALBUM NOW!! IT`S BEEN ALMOST A YEAR SINCE LAST ONE!!
So we started practicing, putting names to the songs... not just track 1,2, and 3... So I tried the best I could to take the good stuff and put them together and organising the track list.
The recording was hell, 3 recorders... starting over 3 times... But at the end, we recored guitars and drums live, and I added the bass, and John added the vocals. Credits to John! The new twist on the vocals was heavy!
We did not really try... with the songwriting, but in the end. When all three came together in studio and did their own stuff. We felt like, Woah! It really became an album!! And the feedbacks have been great!


- What do you want to express through the lyrics? can you tell us a few words about the lyrics of a specific song on the album?

The Lyrics... hehhe... it`s mostly a mix of dark humour/satire and local stuff. Like a twisted view on our society/our city, and some of the samples are really local!
The album name... Can maybe be translated as "Fucked all over" Some songs are about alone mothers, forever in depth, going to practice drinking light beer and eating cinnabuns, being paranoid.
The lyrics where written in one minute because we did not really care in the beginning, we just wrote some funny shit and laughed, just to have some lyrics and name on the songs.
We did not want to express anything specific but in the end when we all came together, adding bass and vocals. Putting toghether a story with and album title. So yeah, from the beginning you will, even if you don`t want or not. Always be fucked all over by life.


- What does grindcore means to you?

Grindcore? what it means? For me I think... do whatever you want! Record an album with a 10 second riff or, 40 minutes with fart sounds. There is no boundaries! It`s freedom and rebellion, provoke, have fun, play metal!

- Do you think that the DIY way of action could be a global alternative or do you see it more as a pracical way of growing for an underground band?

Do it yourself... today everyone can make an album at home with the advancement in technology and cheap equipement and software... online tutorials. 
You also have Social medias like facebook, bandcamp and youtube to promote your band and projects. Some people pay the big companies, some do it themself... what would you do?


- Which bands from your area would you recommend?

What bands i would recommend? Like metal? IN THIS AREA?!?! WHAT??!!? Like region, city or country? Hm... well... there`s us and The Sickening from this city, we also got the drummer from Blood Red Throne, Freddy Bolsø and guitarist from Exeloume, Øystein Haltbakk. So I`ll just try to stay local on this one and keep it simple... And I will give a shoutout to Glimmerskifer/Neo Plasma and Tranqidiots for great support.

 - Which evolutions would you like to see happening in the underground scene?

When I grew up there where concerts all the time, young ones to old ones, maybe sometimes two or three concerts every weekend! And metal!! All kind of bands!! I was really inspired, bands like Slagmark, Godsize, Pica Fierce. 
We had a great metal scene. But now... no places in this city accepts metal bands... only bluesjams, coverbands and traveling trubadurs... it`s really sad... you have to travel outside of town to play metal nowadays...
Or DIY, not happenend in years sadly... I will see the underground scene grow big again! there is so much talent! Let them play for fucksakes!!


- What is planned for Hüsmanskost in the coming months?

Husmanskost next months? We are really exited to start the third album and bring in a new session bassist to do live gigs! And release our first two albums physically!! 
People are already asking for signed copies and we haven`t even done a concert!? They are out digitally but, they will be available physically soon! Maybe one month? Please be patient! 
We try to make the money ourself and not beg for funding or like kickstarters... 
We are already on one international compilation, Antichrist magazine compilation 14, and are awaiting to be featured on 2 more! (Next one by the hills are dead records)
It`s awesome to be recognized international already! And it`s a lot of free PR!
So credits to our fans and all the people out the to have helped us reached so much in so little time. We hope to have the third album ready by summer, and also have given you the copies and merch!


- Something to add?

Thank you all! Stay Grind! Fucking metal! You know... the good stuff!! METAL!!

mercredi 10 janvier 2018

Hüsmanskost - Ründpült (2017)

Maybe you've seen Ründpült,
the second album of the Norwegian grind band Hüsmanskost, featuring on my list of best grind release for 2017, so you know I really dig it. Still very grindpunk like their already very good first album, this one is maybe a bit heavier and brings a bit more diversity in tempos. They keep it simple and always straight to the point, and at the same time they're better than many grind bands in keeping the album a dynamic listening experience. And they do it in a way it is not at the expense of the intensity but for its benefit. They play a kind of  grind I really like and they do it well. Recommended stuff!

The BC page

Their FB page

Their Youtube channel


lundi 8 janvier 2018

my favourites 2017 releases

Here we go, here's my list of the 2017 releases I enjoyed he most (grind excepted since I did a specific list for grind, see my previous post). I give those 21 in alphabetical order :


American - Violate and Control    my review

Archspire - Relentless Mutation    my review

Brainbombs - Inferno                    my review

Broken English Club - The English Beach   my review

Burning Tree - Ossuary light         my review  

Converge - The Dusk in Us            my review

Dead Neanderthals / Sly and he Family Drone - Molar Wrench   my review

Dying Fetus - Wrong One to Fuck With        my review

Earthgrave - The Verge of Human Abyss     my review

Ex Eye - Ex Eye                            my review

Full Of Hell - Trumpeting Ecstasy                my review

Henry Kane - Den Förstörda Människans Rike    my review

Ingurgitating Oblivion - Vision Wallows in Symphonies of Light   my review

Pissed Jeans - Why Love Now     my review

Power Trip - Nighmare Logic     my review

Ruin - Drown in Blood                 my review 

The Body & Full of Hell - Ascending a Montain of Hevay Light   my review

Tricky - Ununiform                      my review

Unholy Vampiric Slaughter Sect - Canticle Bound in Spirit - The Faith in Vampyric Blood                           my review

Uniform - Wake in Fright            my review

Unsane - Sterilize                        my review


jeudi 4 janvier 2018

2017 : my grindcore list


I'll later give a general list but as is the tradition for Blasting Days I'm doing a specific list for the grindcore (and closely related stuff) releases that I enjoyed the most this year. As I'm not fond of giving ranks I'm giving it in alphabetical order (with link to my review just aside on the right, where you'll also find the links to the Bandcamp pages).

Anthropic - Anthropic EP the review

Birdflesh / Organ Dealer - split  the review

Blame God - Strategically Confined  the review

Chepang - Dadhelo    the review 

D.E.R - Rancor    the review

Expulsion - Nightmare Future   the review

GALL - EP     the review

Gendo Ikari / Droves split  the review

Gowl - On our feet or on our Knees  the review

Husmanskost - Ründpült    the review
 
Lock Up - Demonization   the review

Looking for an Answer  - Dios Carne    the review

Stimulant - Stimulant   the review

The Arson Project - Disgust   the review