dimanche 18 août 2019

Pissgrave - Posthumous Humiliation (2019)

I'm back, and with maximum barbaric brutality with the second Pissgrave album, Posthumous Humiliation. I could just let you have a look at the artwork because it could be enough, it really gives a good idea of how the album sounds and what it's about. But I'll still say you can expect the most violent and relentless death/war metal and that the band from Philadelphia really did a good job at doing an album so intense it's fascinating. Posthumous Humiliation will definitely stand as one of the best, most mercilessly dirty and brutal  and most memorable death metal album of the year.

The Bandcamp page.

mercredi 31 juillet 2019

Lingua Ignota - Caligula (2019)

To be honest first time I listened to Lingua Ignota I wasn't impressed, but I think it was mostly because I was expecting something else. Then I saw her open a show with Author & Punisher, and the show made a huge impression on me, it was so intense! believe me, you NEED to witness a Lingua Ignota show in your life. After the show I listened to her music again and this time liked it immediately, just needed to be in the right mood... And now the new album Caligula, it's still mostly piano and harsh noise, operatic singing and screaming, on Caligula it's more piano less industrial, but same intensity. Unique and awesome.
Highly recommended.

The BC page.

samedi 27 juillet 2019

The Lowest Form - Personal Space (2016)

Why the fuck did it take me three years to review this one? since three years I intend to do it but one thing after another prevented me from doing it sooner, you how it can happen... But don't think this is an average album, it's an excellent one. The Lowest Form is an hardcore band from the UK and Personal Space their second release is filled with some nasty drenched in feedback and noise hardcore. Music truly sounding from the guts and going diretly to your guts through your bleeding ears and disoriented mind.
Highly recommended!

The BC page.

jeudi 25 juillet 2019

Black Mountain - Destroyer (2019)

Destroyer, Black Mountain's fifth album (I liked them since their first, you should check their whole discography) is maybe their more "heavy metal" one, a kind of neo proto heavy metal crossed with space rock and stoner, think a mix of Black Sabbath (maybe in its Never Say Die incarnation), Hawkwind and Blue Oyster Cult. Black Mountain at their most heavy, epic and progressive. An excellent album with memorable songs, including a good ending with a nice David Bowie tribute (not a cover but indoubitably a tribute). Recommended!

The Bandcamp page.

mardi 23 juillet 2019

Birdflesh - Extreme Graveyard Tornado (2019)

Extreme Graveyard Tornado is Birdflesh's fifth album. They are playing this Repulsion style deathgrind since the early nineties and it's clear they know very well how to do it, with catchy riffing and good grooves. Their first release since their very good split with Organ Dealer and another very enjoyable piece of deathgrind.

The BC page.

samedi 13 juillet 2019

DJ Speedsick - Nothing Lasts (2019)

DJ Speedsick is from USA's Midwest but this album released earlier this year, Nothing Lasts, reminds me a bit the French hardcore techno scene in the nineties. Old School hardcore techno with a feel of dirt and danger, music for wild raves in warehouses (or fields/forest in the middle of nowhere). It's excellent.

The BC page.

lundi 8 juillet 2019

Beton / Roxor - Split LP (2018)

This is a split (released lats year) from two bands from Slovakia, playing what could be called death'n'roll or dis-entombed. Beton (I reviewed their first album a few years ago HERE) are more on the old school Swedish death metal side whereas Roxor have a stronger Mororhead/Discharge feel but both bands sits where cruties and old school metalheads meets, and both speaks fluently that language. Cool stuff.

The Beton side

The Roxor side

mardi 2 juillet 2019

The Flying Luttenbachers - Shattered Dimension (2019)

The Flying Luttenbachers is a band from New York formed around avant-garde drummer Weasel walter, with also saxophonist Matt Nelson (GRID, Elder Ones), bass guitarist Tim Dahl (Child Abuse, Lydia Lunch) and guitarist Brandon Seabrook. What they play could be described as no-wave/free-jazz/noisegrind or as chaos unleashed. Won't be for everybody but if you like the hardest of John Zorn music, or bands like Sissy Spacek or Sete Star Sept, then you probably will like it. Anyway it's really good so I recommend it, will you dare trying it?

The BC page.

dimanche 30 juin 2019

Bifid Corpse - Consuming Death (2019)

Consuming Death the new Bifid Corpse release (digital only this one so far) it's just four short traks but like their previous ones it's just so good. Death/grind at its finest, with a monsttruous dirty groove. Heavily recommended stuff. It's definitely time for an album guys!

The BC page.

vendredi 28 juin 2019

JK Flesh - In Your Pit (EP 2019)

JK Flesh is the alias of Justin Broadrick (Godflesh, Jesu, etc.) for releasing his techno music, yes techno, but it's Justin Broadrick and you can expect heavy, menacing industrial techno, like in his new EP In Your Pit, four tracks (including a good remix from his friend Kevin Martin aka The Bug, who is also releasing the EP on his Pressure label). Quality stuff as usual.

The BC page.

lundi 24 juin 2019

G.L.O.S.S - Girls Living Outside Of Society's Shit demo (2015) + Trans day of revenge (2016)

OK those two release (a demo tape and an EP) were released in 2015 and 2016, and now G.L.O.S.S doesn't exists anymore, but this was one of the very best recent old school hardcore band, so I just had to post about it. If you like hardcore don't sleep on this...

The BC page.

dimanche 23 juin 2019

Hold Me Down - st (EP 2019)

It's been a long time I haven't been as excited by some industrial metal, this first self titled release (a tape released by Sentient Ruin Laboratories) from Hold Me Down (with a guy from AMERICAN, also on Sentient Ruin) is really good. It reminds me of Ministry and NIN from the nineties, but with also some power electronics to make it even harder. If you like this kind of stuff I see absolutely no reason you wouldn't really enjoy Hold Me Down. Mechanical machine drums beats and guitars, screaming, and harsh noise. Done the way it should be and with impressive result. My only "complain" is that I want more. Looking forward to listen to an album from them.

The BC page.

jeudi 20 juin 2019

Full of Hell - Weeping Choir (2019)

Full of Hell were among the bands that set the trend in today's hardcore to add  more violence with elements from extreme metal and noise. with their new album, Weeping Choir, their first one with Relapse records, they are making sure no doubt is left they are also among the best and fiercest doing that mix. Wepping Choir is probably their most brutal album, where the hrash noise parts feels like they are the quiet moments. easily one of the most striking hardcore/metal album of the year so far.

The BC page.

mercredi 19 juin 2019

Lovely Wife | Snakes Don't Belong in Alaska - split (2018)

Newcastle is maybe UK's capital of psychedelic heavy rock and this split between Lovely Wife and Snakes Don't Belong in Alaska is another proof. On their track LW are more on a drone/noise exploration whereas SDBIA on their two tracks are a bit more melodic (for the guitars and the vocals) and dynamic. Both are deep in the heavy psych stoner sound and takes you on a nice trip. Good stuff.

The Bandcamp page.

mardi 4 juin 2019

Progress of Inhumanity - Rotating Misery (2019)

Third album from the Greek crust/grinders Progress of Inhumanity, six year after the previous one (HERE is the review I did back then, with also the interview we did by mail). Rotating Misery is a nice piece of tightly and efficiently executed grind/punk, no originality but they do it right.

The BC page.

mercredi 29 mai 2019

Obscuring Veil - Fleshvoid to Naught (2019)

Truly nightmarish. The word that imposes itself when listening to this first Obscuring Veil album Fleshvoid to Naught is : nightmarish. Then brilliant, psychedelic, beautifull in its twisted way. And this is what could be expected from the musicians that gathered to do this : Matron Thorn on guitars/vocals (Ævangelist, Præternatura, Benighted in Sodom, Devil Worshipper), H.V. Lyngdal on bass (Wormlust, Martröð, Guðveiki), Mories on keyboards and synths ( Gnaw Their Tongues, Cloak of Altering, De Magia Veterum, Aderlating), Jarle Byberg on drums (Urgehal, ex-Craft), and Kabukimono on voices. it's also fitting that it's released on I, Voidhanger records.
This mix of black metal, dark ambient and free jazz (somewhat) is no doubt one of the most interesting album to be released this year. Highly recommended.

The Bandcamp page.

mercredi 22 mai 2019

meth. - I Love You (2018)

I Love You is the second short release from this Chicago sextet called meth. They play some relentless, super intense and a bit chaotic hardcore, with a bit of noise added (many bands are doing that nowadays but that's not a bad thing). It sound like somewhere between Converge and Gaza.  It's good but only five short tracks, a longer release would be welcome now!

The BC page. 

dimanche 19 mai 2019

Dälek - Respect to the Authors EP (2019)

Respect to the Authors is the new Dälek release (on Exile on Mainstream records), a six tracks EP. It provides a nice sample of their trademark sound, old school MCing and beats over some shoegaze / indus / noise atmospheres, with some moments more strong on the groove and rhythm (especially the really good title track) and some others more on the nostalgic atmopsheric side. Nothing surprising if you know them, but really good stuff as usual.

Dalek's Deaverse website page.

vendredi 17 mai 2019

Intensive Care - Incinerated - Split EP (2019)

Another awesome release from Nerve Altar Records. It's a split between Intensive Care (from Toronto, with an ex-Column of Heaven) and Incinerated (from Melbourne). Great track from Intensive Care, somewhere between Godflesh and Obituary, with a massive groove (close to a hip-hop feel at times!), the four tracks from Incinerated (I discover them with this release and sure will check their discography) are excellent death/grind, also with a lot of groove.
Overall it makes a really interesting and enjoyable release, I dare you to resist playing it again when it ends !

The BC page.

mardi 14 mai 2019

Ulthar - Cosmovore (2018)

Cosmovore, released last yera by 20 Buck Spin is Ulthar's first album the band from California (featuring Vastum guitarist) delivers a death metal firmly rooted in the old school but with also a weirdness that remind sme Voivod, fitting well the lovecraftian inspiration. I you like OSDM but want something different this album will be a good pick. I would have liked a stronger dose of bizarre, but it's good like it is anyway.

The Bandcamp page.

jeudi 9 mai 2019

Amygdala - Our Voice Will Soar Forever (2019)

Our Voice Will Soar Forever is the second album for Amygdala (after a demo) and the quality and intensity is maintained on a very high level, with another impressive performance from their vocalist (and again good lyrics too). It confirms they are among the very best current hardcore bands. They just sound more real and intense.

The BC page. 

samedi 4 mai 2019

Turbohaler - Metal Vessel Music (2019)

Turbohaler is a noisegrind duo (drums, guitar, vocals sometimes and noise), and they released an excellent cassette called Metal Vessel Music with the awesome Utech Records. They mention Napalm Death and Boredoms as influences but I'd add it reminds me also of Dead Neanderthals or a more savage Brainbombs. Wether you're into noisegrind, noise or the hardest free jazz, and even more if you like all that, you will love it. Really intense and strong stuff. I'm already waiting for their next release.

The BC page.

mardi 23 avril 2019

Sacramence - Cremations (2017)

Sacramence is a duo from the US that evolved from black metal in their first releases to industrial music nowadays, Cremations is their second album, released in 2017, and it's an excellent mix of rythmic noise/industrial techno and synthwave, with a different dosage of nosie or synth in each tracks, some tracks more melodic or quiet, some tracks harsher, but it's good whatever direction they take. Good stuff!

The Bandcamp page.

vendredi 19 avril 2019

Fluoride - Disentanglement (2019)

Fluoride is a trio from Philadelphia and they play some powerviolence/grind with a bit of sludge and do it very well. Disentanglement is their second release (after a cassette in 2017) and, like everything from Nerve Altar Records, it is really good stuff.

The BC page.

mercredi 17 avril 2019

Puce Mary - The Drought (2018

The Drought, released last year by Puce Mary (Frederikke Hoffmeier from Denmark) is an excellent industrial/power electronics album, with subtle melodies and spoken words to create a feel of unease and mystery. Really good stuff.

The Bandcamp page.

vendredi 12 avril 2019

Vltimas - Something Wicked Marches In (2019)

Vltimas is a new formed by Blasphemer (ex-Mayhem) with David Vincent (ex-Morbid Angel) and Flo Mounier (Cryptopsy), thier first album Something Wicked Marches In is released by Season of Mist. You can recognize instantly Blasphemer style and sound although with Vltimas the songs have a less dissonant/avant-garde feel than on the music he composed and played for Mayhem, it's more melodic and more "maisntream" death/black metal. David Vincent shows how good a vocalist he can be, and adapts well to the more melodic parts. Flo Mounier on the drums is also doing a good job. It's not the best album either musicians took part in, but still it's a success and an enjoyable listen.

The Bandcamp page.

dimanche 7 avril 2019

Nibiru - Salbrox (2019)

Nibiru always has been more about creating a dark and trippy atmosphere than about riffs and never were a traditionnal psych doom band, now with their new album Salbrox, released with the excellent Ritual productions, they took it further and complete they mutation from ritualistic psych doom too dark ambient music (the end of Padmalotus was already a step in that direction) , even though the beats and "noisescapes" are mostly from live drums and guitars. This way they are affirming even more their specific sound and the result is excellent. (the experiments with some blast beats in Padmalotus and Qaal Babalon is another thing they could have pushed further, but maybe another time).
Strong stuff, I recommended it!

Their website.

jeudi 4 avril 2019

Bea$ters - Intrinsically Worthless (2018)

Bea$ters is a band from the US East coast, playing what we can call technical grind, Intrinsically Worthless, released last year is their second album (first one was good as well) and it's 10 minutes of high intensity technical grind but it's surpsisingly catchy. Really good stuff.

The BC page.

samedi 30 mars 2019

Endon - Boy Meets Girl (2019)

On this third album, Boy Meets Girl released this year by Thrill Jockey, Endon(from Tokyo) still has the noise rock and crazy chaotic hardcore elements but this time the main element is power electronics, or we could say it's power electronics with bass lines and occasionnal outburst of frenetic harcore. It is extreme, radical and really good, with an abrasive groove punctuated by intense blasting parts. Oh, and this is supposed to be the soundscape of an imaginary horror love movie. Indeed it could be that. Third excellent album in a row, they really confirms they are one of the most interesting recent bands.

The BC page.

mercredi 27 mars 2019

Putrefaction - Slavery Code (2018)

From the cover art of Slavery Code and the Russian nationality of he trio of musicians who form Putrefaction you'd expect some slamming death metal, there's a slight bit of that, but actually it sounds a lot more influenced by Dying Fetus. Slavery Code is a really good first album, filled with heavy and groovy catchy death metal songs, I enjoy it.

The Bandcamp page.

dimanche 24 mars 2019

Sole - Destituent (2019)

Following last year Let them eat Sand, Destituent is another excellent album from Sole. As usual the lyrics are awesome, he's probably the best at that actually, and maybe not only in hip-hop. The production is also excellent. Since 2012 he has turned into a master of sampling some terrible music (well, sometimes he's also sampling good music) and turning it magically into dope addictive hip-hop tracks, and Destituent is another proof of that. As usual with Sole the songs are really emotionnally charged, either sad or angry, or both. And sometimes a bit happy at the same time. He's really good at that.
Superb album from one of the most original (and best) hip-hop artists.

the BC page.

vendredi 22 mars 2019

Bowel Fuck - Fragments (2017)

Bowel Fuck is a Czech band and, contrary to what theirname might suggest, it is not porno/gore grind but grindpunk, in a way reminding Nasum. Fragments is their second album and it's a really good one. Not a lot of originality but a really good songwriting, straight to the point, with good riffs and a clear and powerfull production. I really like it.

The BC page.

mercredi 20 mars 2019

Teeth of the Sea - Wraith (2019)

This fifth album fromTeeth of the Sea is maybe not as good as the previous one (reviewed HERE) was, still Wraith is an excellent album.
Curious about how psych/post/kraut rock with synths and trumpet sounds like? Go for it! (and you won't regret!)

The BC page

lundi 18 mars 2019

Alkaloid - Liquid Anatomy (2018)

I really should have paid more attention to this album because I now think it's one of the best metal albums released last year. The second album from Alkaloid (with guys that were in Obscura and many other bands), Liquid Anatomy is a masterpiece in progressive and technical death metal, with clean melodic vocals and more traditionnal death metal vocals, but often sounding really death metal, even often strongly reminding Morbid Angel. It can obviously appeal to afficionados of tech/prog death metal but also to anyone into extreme metal and open minded enough. There's virtuosity but it's more about excellent death metal songs.
Highly recommended stuff.

The Bandcamp page.

vendredi 15 mars 2019

King Midas sound - Solitude (2019)

On their new album, their third, called Solitude (the central theme is a meditation about loss), King Midas Sound is just Roger Robinson doing spoken words (and the words are excellents) and Kevin Martin (Techno Animal, The Bug, etc.). The music is even more minimalistic than their usual and the ambient electro dub is actually often getting closer to drone than to dub, and the tone is quite bleak. But it's beautifull. It's really good and my favourite KMS album up to now. Quiet music rarely get as addictive as this.

The BC page.

mercredi 13 mars 2019

Fukpig - Bastards (2018)

Bastards is another album form Fukpig where they do their usual stuff and that's completely fine since they do it well (and were among the firsts to do it, before it became more common) : a relentless mix of D-beat hardcore punk and black metal. The song "Déteste" with french vocals is the innovation on the album (and it's good). Cool stuff.

The BC page.

lundi 11 mars 2019

GALL + Tooth Decay - Collaboration EP (2019)

This Collaboration EP is a new excellent release from Nerve Altar records, definitely the palce to go for grind (and related extreme music) nowadays. It's also a confirmation of the power of GALL (after its really good EP in 2017), here they are associated (for the second time, first time was for completely noise/ambient music, and was good as well) with Tooth Decay also from Germany, Tooth Decay is one guy and his modular synth for additional noise and weirdness over GALL noisegrind. I'm discorering him with this collaboration, but after quickly checking his own releases I'd say it sounds quite good, will take the time to dig more.
The result of their collaboration is an absolutely awesome EP, both the more grind and the noise parts are really well done, I love it.
Heavily recommended!

The Nerve Altar BC page for this EP

GALL BC page

Tooth Decay BC page

vendredi 8 mars 2019

Circle of Ouroborus - (2018)

Usually the Circle of Ouroborus have a classy cover art, I don't know what happened with this one for Vangin Laulu, released last year... Anyway, what matters is that the music is as good as usual in this album with the "classic" Circle of Ouroborus sound (not an album with many folk/accoustic parts) with the melancholic atmosphere and a mix of black metal, shoegaze and post-punk/new-wave (think The Cure at his gloomiest). As usual it is finely crafted and works very well. Another excellent album from Circle of Ouroborus.

mercredi 6 mars 2019

Theories - Vessel (2019)

Vessel is Theories second album and another step in their evolution towards more "technical/modern" death metal in their death/grind, with longer /more complex and melodic songs, making them somewhat sound like halfway between Napalm Death and Deeds of Flesh. The result is a finely crafted and enjoyable album, like their previous releases I recommend this one.

The BC page.

samedi 2 mars 2019

Genghis Khan - Her Absence is My Antichrist (2016)

Her Absence is My Antichrist is the second album from US producer/MC Genghis Khan (member of The Gemini Lounge collective). Often described as influenced by industrial/noise, it is dark and heavy yes, but actually it reminds me a lot more DJ Muggs or Ill Bill, with beats rooted in the nineties. Fisrt album The Broken Love was already good but this one's even better. If you like your hip-hop grim and old-school this is a must listen. Havily recommended!

GK Twitter

mercredi 27 février 2019

Desecravity - Anathema (2019)

With its third album Anathema, Desecravity (from Tokyo) confirms its good reputation in the technical death metal scene (on the hyperspeed and brutal side, not the jazzy/prog one), after you skip the useless and cheesy intro you get a non stop pummeleing of blasts beats and guitar shredding. And you will like it cause it's good! If you're into this kind of stuff this is a mandatory listen, and even if usually you're not, maybe you'll still like this one.

The BC page.

vendredi 22 février 2019

The Body & Uniform - Mental Wounds Not Healing (2018)

The Body already took part in a few collaborative album, and Uniform is another band among the few best recent industrial metal band, so them doing a collaborative album, Mental Wounds Not Healing, released last year with Sacred Bones records, was no big surprise. The mix of the two bands really works well producing cohesive songs while the identity of both bands are kept. As could be expected this is an excellent industrial metal album. Actually it should have been in my list of best albums from 2018.

The BC page.

lundi 18 février 2019

Gets Worse - Snubbed (2019)

Gets Worse are back with a new album called Snubbed and the fastcore/powerviolence of the quartet from the UK did not lose it's excellency at crafting catchy and memorable songs, more than is usual in their style, without losing power and intensity, quite the contrary.
Really cool stuff.

The BC page.

mercredi 13 février 2019

Mythic Sunship - Another Shape of Psychedelic Music (2018)

Another Shape of Psychedelic Music is the second album Danish psych rockers Mythic Sunship released in 2018 (with El Paraiso, a cool psych rock label) Even more than Upheaval it leaves the Black Sab' riffing inspired parts (we got more than enough of that so that's fine for me) for more psychedelic explorations and ventures into spiritual jazz territory (sax included), and to be more specific late Coltrane inspired stuff. And the trip is a good one. Their three previous albums are also worthy of your time, but maybe this one's the most interesting.

samedi 9 février 2019

Meth Leppard / Deterioration - split 7'' (2018)

I knew the Australian grind band Meth Leppard since their demo in 2015 and I like their old school Napalm Death inspired grind, I'm discovering Deterioration thanks to this split, a grind band from the US, also on the old school spectrum of grind, and I like what they do as well. A very good split of pure grind done right. 

The Meth Leppard side on BC

The Deterioration side on BC

vendredi 8 février 2019

Gorod - Aethra (2018)

Aethra is the sixth album from French progressive death metal band Gorod. their music sound somewhere between Opeth and modern technical death metal. They don't intend to be the most complex or fast or brutal, and they don't need to, since their excellent songwriting skill is enough to distinguish them from the rest, and Aethra is an excellent album filled with well crafted and memorable songs.

jeudi 31 janvier 2019

Christoph de Babalon - Hectic Shakes (2019)

After rereleasing his works from the nineties in three compilations (heavily recommended) German producer Christoph de Babalon is releasing new music again, like this new four tracks EP Hectic Shakes. And the quality of his dark atmospheric drum'n'bass/jungle (a tag he uses is "gothic jungle", indeed...) is still there!
Excellent old school jungle beats over dark ambient synths, and with de Babalon it works really well. Interesting and good release.

The Bandcamp page.