dimanche 1 décembre 2019

Unaussprechlichen Kulten - Teufelsbücher (2019)

Teufelsbücher is the fifth album from Chilean death metallers Unaussprechlichen Kulten, and it's another great one, still building a strong epic and occult atmosphere through old school death metal, but this time with some more dissonance and a kind of black metal feel. And since it works fine, why not? A good try resulting in another very good album.

The Bandcamp page.

vendredi 29 novembre 2019

Scorn - Café Mor (2019)

Nearly ten years after the last Scorn album Mick Harris is back with Café Mor (again with Ohm Resistance) and he does not disappoint. Still best dealer of dark industrial dub/bass music (could say dubstep, but he started doing it long before the name dubstep existed, and I never heard a dubstep release as good as a Scorn one anyway). Café Mor sounds like a continuation of his previous releases, but with subtle variations, keeping it interesting. Recommended.

The BC page.


jeudi 28 novembre 2019

P.O.O.R - Glutton for Punishment (2019)

This second album from P.O.O.R (a band with members of Fatalist, Dirty Dead, Decrypt, Stump, Burning at the Stake, Handsome Prick)  should have been released in 2015, but because of a computer crash it's only released now, seven year after their really good debut album Extinction of Trust. It's a good thing that Glutton for Punishment finally is released because it's a very enjoyable slice of old school grind/death, with a lot of groove. Definitely confirming the good impression made by the first album.

The BC page.

mardi 26 novembre 2019

Sempiternal Dusk - Cenotaph of Defectuous Creation (2019)

This second album from Portland's Sempiternal Dusk called Cenotaph of Defectuous Creation, again on Dark Descent Records, delivers some quality old school death metal/doom, that could remind both Bolt Thrower and Incantation. Slow and mid-tempo nicely crafted death/doom.

The BC page.

dimanche 24 novembre 2019

Babe Roots - ST (2017)

We're slowing down and get smooth with this one. Babe Roots self titled album is some excellent dub techno with invited vocalists, closer to digital dub than to techno, with also a trip-hop feel. If you'd like a dub album lighter (not on the dark/industrial side of dub) than the new Scorn or Zonal this one's really a good pick.


vendredi 22 novembre 2019

Jardim de Flores - Défloraison (2019)

Jardim de Flores is a new Corean grind trio led by drummer Hoonee Jo (Mortalized, Takafumi Matsubara, Banran), they just released a 7'' called Défloraison (some tracks also have French names but it's not sung in french) with Nerve Altar. It's an awesome super fast and relentless grind assault. Anyone into grind should love it (and soon be waiting for an album). I do.

The BC page.

mardi 19 novembre 2019

Refused - War Music (2019)

While the first Refused album since they reunited left me cold, I really enjoy this one. This time with War Music they tried something very different : a very basic hardcore album, simple but with their superb melodic feel and excellent songwriting and the capacity of Lyxzén to be as good screaming or singing. Also the album is like a strong shot of energy, reminding a bit the first Rage Against The Machine album in that regard (but Dennis Lyxzén lyrics are more subtle and more interesting).
Obviously not their more ambitious album, but a very well crafted in its simplicity and enjoyable one.


jeudi 14 novembre 2019

Altarage - The Approaching Roar (2019)

The Approaching Roar is the third album from Spanish band Altarage. They say they play "Chaotic Death Metal / Blasting Doom" and that's not a bad description. Maybe it's a bit less chaotic and a bit more doom (although it's definitely more death metal than doom, but of a super heavy kind that likes slow crushing in between blast beats parts) than their previous albums. Anyhow, it evokes a huge crawling lovecraftian horror, it's super massive heavy and menacing sounding. Really good stuff.

The Bandcamp page.

lundi 11 novembre 2019

Theologian - People Are Weak They Deserve Pain (2019)

New album from Theologian, People Are Weak They Deserve Pain, have shorter tracks (five in less than half an hour) but the music isn't "lighter". Excellent industrial/ dark ambient  noise. Better in my opinion than Reconcile, the previous one, and as good as Forced Utopia which I really liked.

The Bandcamp page.

vendredi 8 novembre 2019

Redbait - Cages (EP 2019)

Cages is another really good EP from Redbait, furious hardcore metal with some finely crafted more melodic parts (some acoustic and lead guitars). Reminds a bit hardcore metal from the nineties, but with very good "new school" screaming vocals done by two female singers.

The BC page.

mardi 5 novembre 2019

L'Orange & Jeremiah Jae - Complicate Your Life With Violence (2019)

Complicate Your Life With Violence, this second collaboration of producer L'Orange and MC Jeremiah Jae, is a masterpiece of hip-hop done the old school way (samples, boom bap beats and even cuts) and with a vocalist that really adds to the story, yes a story, this album is not just an addition of good tracks it also really succeeds in immersing you in a thick atmosphere of vintage detective noir movies & old war movies, with a fine selection of samples from old movies and old blues, boogie and soul tunes. Their first collaboration was good, this time they did even better I think. Two guys at the top of their game for an addictive and very special album. I love this album and recommend it highly.

The Bandcamp page.

vendredi 1 novembre 2019

Meth leppard / Blight Worms - split (2019)

Really good old school grindcore split (roughly six minutes for each sides) released by Psychocontrol Records with two Australian bands. I follow Meth Leppard since their demo in 2015 and this time again they don't disappoint. Blight Worms is another new grind band that I'm discovering with this release and they are good as well. It's this kind of split that are keeping this grind tradition much alive and exciting. Good stuff.

The BC page.

mardi 29 octobre 2019

Fleshpress - Hulluuden Muuri (2017)

Fleshpress is a weird beast, and what you'll hear on their seventh album Hulluuden Muuri, released two years ago, is a dirty hybrid of psychedelic doom, noise and black metal/ old school death metal. The singing in Finnish (for the first time) adds to the weirdness. But just forget classifying their unique sound and enjoy their bleak trip. Strong stuff.

The Bandcamp page.

dimanche 27 octobre 2019

Zonal - Wrecked (2019)

Zonal is formed by Kevin Martin (The Bug, King Midas Sound) and Justin Broadrick (Godflesh, Jesu, JK Flesh) who teamed already in Techno Animal, and they are joined by Camae Ayewa (alias Moor Mother) on the first half of the album, the rest being instrumentals. As expected the result in this first album called Wrecked (released by Relapse), is industrial hip-hop/illbient/dark trip-hop, in a more quiet style than Techno Animal was. Both half of the album (the first half with Camae Ayewa vocals and the second instrumental one) are very good. Maybe the first half being more interesting and memorable. It's not the best album they made (either together or not) but still it's excellent and if you like what they did before you'll enjoy this one as well.

The Bandcamp page.

vendredi 25 octobre 2019

Christian Scott - Ancestral Recall (2019)

Christian Scott is a young trumpeter and composer that is, since a few years now, one of the most important young jazz musicians, always exploring new territories and following its own distinctive path. Ancestrall Recall his new album is another strong step. The use of traditional African percussions links the album to the past but Christian Scott is as innovative as usual so the album is as much a link to the future. Saul Williams, featured on several tracks excellently doing spoken words is, along with other vocalist,  helping to make each track a memorable one, while the album as a whole has really its own identity as well. If you listen to only one jazz album this year it could be this one (some others are really good as well of course, but I mean if I'm forced to pick one it could be this one...). Highly recommended!

The Bandcamp page.

jeudi 24 octobre 2019

Die Choking - IV (2019)

Four years after their previous release (the new one is called IV the previous one as you can guess was III) Die Choking (with an ex Total Fucking Destruction and an ex Cop Problem) is back with another solid piece of modern hardcore/grind. Fast, tight, intense. Good stuff.

The BC page.

jeudi 17 octobre 2019

Deiphago - I, The Devil (2019)

Even more than with the previous one there's so much going on and it's so intense in this new Deiphago album, I, The Devil, that it took me some time to appreciate it. But I now understand it's another masterpiece. Their "war metal" style black/death hybrid is not only more brutal and intense than what others are doing, but they also have a more daring and complex songwriting. We could call it "technical war metal" but actually it has more a kind of "free war metal" feel. They are this time again in their own dimension, and it's inspired, inspiring and brilliant.

The Bandcamp page.

lundi 14 octobre 2019

Ten Thousand Miles of Arteries - Survival Bloom (2019)

Survival Bloom is the second album from Ten Thousand Miles of Arteries (Noah Lane Coleman), also on ANNIHILVS POWER ELECTRONIX. First one was excellent, this second one is confirming how good this guy is for making power electronics / industrial music. This new album is a bit more minimalistic, and with good results.  I also like the fine use of scrap metal noise. Highly recommended.

The BC page.

jeudi 10 octobre 2019

Tomb Mold - Planetary Clairvoyance (2019)

Tomb Mold are back with this third album called Planetary Clairvoyance, as any good old school death metal band they have the nice riffs and the groove, but that also have some good songwriting twist bringing something more interesting in every song. Like in their previous album they get a bit less raw and develops a slightly "progressive" element to their songs, and more melodic lead guitar parts, while staying in the old school DM territory. Not my favourite album from them I'd say to be honest (time will tell if that change later), but still really good stuff, easily above your average DM band.

The BC page.

mardi 8 octobre 2019

Endless Swarm - Imprisoned in Skin (2018)

Imprisoned In Skin is the fourth album from the Scottish band Endless Swarm. I'll be as straight to the point as their music is : this is excellent powerviolence/fastcore/grind. If you're into this kind of stuff you will like it, because it's good.

The BC page.

samedi 5 octobre 2019

Lightning Bolt - Sonic Citadel (2019)

Sonic Citadel, the seventh album (again with Thrill Jockey Records) from the drum/bass guitars duo Lightning Bolt is roughly in the same vein as the previous one Fantasy Empire, and that's fine because it's also very good. Their noise rock with a kind of free rock feel is as intense as usual, with the spectacular drumming,  the loud bass guitars and  screams, but also some good melodies and adventurous and inspired songwriting. Another very strong and enjoyable album.

The Bandcamp page.

mercredi 2 octobre 2019

No One Knows What The Dead Think - ST (2019)

With No One Knows What The Dead Think (the name of the band and the self titled first album) two third of Discordance Axis (Rob Marton, guitars and Jon Chang, vocals, joined by Kyosuke Nakano who is doing a really good job with the drums) are making an impressive come back. Sounding like a slightly more polished version of Discordance Axis this is modern grind/hardcore at its best, fast, technical, but also catchy and memorable grind songs (10 songs in 20 minutes). In a few months when everyone on the internet will be making "best of the year lists", this album (released by the really good Willotip records) will be in the list of everyone into grind (but not only), probably often in first place, and it will be deserved.

The BC page.

lundi 30 septembre 2019

DREAD - In Dub (2017)

This album called In Dub is actually the second "dub" release from Lustmord, but it's been released (in 2017) under the name of DREAD, maybe because it's goes further into dub territory than the first one (also good, but more industrial and closer to the usual Lustmord sound, a bit like Lusmord with some dub beats). I don't listen to a lot of dark ambient because I often find the lack of a rhythmic backbone frustrating, and Lustmord usual work is no exception for me, but with the addition of beats, and I really like the dub beats so it's even cooler, then it is solved and the result is great. In Dub has the slow motion dark feel that you would expect from Lustmord but it's also really a dub album, not just dub beats over industrial/dark ambient music, there's some (dark) melodic themes, a bit of vocals, a bit of guitars, and the omnipresent bass heavy sound. Whether you like Lustmord doesn't matters, what we have here is a great dark dub album.

The Bandcamp page.

vendredi 27 septembre 2019

Skullshitter / Bleeding Out - Split (2019)

This split album between Skullshitter (from NY) and Bleeding Out (from Toronto, this is their first release but it's composed of experienced musicians, ex-Endless Blockade, Column of Heaven, Abyss, Fuck the Facts) is a feverish dream for death/grind freaks. No wonder it's released by the mighty Nerve Altar Records. Both bands are on the old-school Repulsion school of death/grind, with Skullshitter more on the Repulsion/Autposy old schoo death-metal side ( and is maybe more wild and impredictable) while Bleeding out is punkier and would reminds more Repulsion and Extreme Noise Terror, and also focus more on the groove I'd say. Anyway both are awesome at what they do and this is a must have split album. I love it. This is worthy of Skullshitter excellent previous releases and Bleeding Out are making a perfect start.

The BC page.

mercredi 25 septembre 2019

Mike Patton & Jean-Luc Vannier - Corpse Flower (2019)

I place Corpse Flower, a collaboration with French composer Jean-Luc Vannier (who worked with Serge Gainsbourg and other well known French singers), among the albums of Mike Patton that matters most. The songs are exquisitely written and arranged and offers the best musical environment for Mike Patton to show once again how good a singer he is. One of the very best for sure and maybe the most interesting to follow. When "pop rock"(with many elements including traditionnal French music, violins, swing/jazz, rock, etc.) is as sophisticated and classy, as nicely done, with such freshness and inventivity (and the slight subtly weird and disturbing touch we are accustomed to with Patton!), then everyone can love it (grind and noise freaks like me included). Corpse flower is one of those instant classic that sounds better at each listen (and since I discovered it it became a daily listen for me). This is not "just" "album of the year" material, but another timeless classic in Mike Patton discography. Can't be recommended too much, try it you won't regret.

The Bandcamp page.

samedi 21 septembre 2019

Shock Narcotic - I've Seen the Future and It Doesn't Work (2019)

Shock Narcotic is a new grindcore band based in Detroit with Jeff Tuttle (ex-Dillinger Escape Plan, Old Gods), Shawn Knight (Child Bite), Don Slater (Battlecross) et Zach Gibson (The Black Dahlia Murder), I've Seen the Future and It Doesn't Work is their first album (released by Housecore records). I don't know very well the other bands of the members but I assume they don't sound like Shock Narcotic a lot since Shock Narcotic sounds a lot like Napalm Death. But don't think it is just "traditional grind" because it also often reminds Napalm Death when they're in an experimenting mood (including what they did in the nineties, which is ok for me). The album is very well crafted, enjoyable and interesting grind. Napalm Death worshiping, OK, but done very well and in a smart way. They won't win any originality contest but it's still one of the best grindcore album of the year anyway.

The BC page.

jeudi 19 septembre 2019

Cloud Rat - Pollinator & Do Not Let Me Off the Cliff EP (2019)

 Cloud Rat is releasing a new album called Pollinator, coming with a bonus EP called Do Not Let Me Off the Cliff. This time their experiment with more melodic or post-punk parts are concentrated on the bonus EP which is not hardcore at all whereas the album, Pollinator, is Cloud Rat at their most aggressive. Problem is this way the album is more "monochrome" more predictable, so I prefer their previous ones. Still once again their super fierce hardcore is extremely well crafted and it well could be the best hardcore album this year.
 What about the EP? It is more diverse than the album, going from neofolk to new-wave and dark ambient, with melodic singing only, but also it is more inequal in quality, some parts are very good and interesting, while some others are less memorable.
I'd like them to keep on creating non hardcore music, I'm curious to hear where it could lead them since there are promising elements in Do Not Let Me Off the Cliff,  but also I'd' like that next time they inject more experiment and diversity in their hardcore songs.

The BC page.

vendredi 13 septembre 2019

rDEVICE - Rebirth (2019)

Rebirth is four tracks of good quality techno from rDEVICE (Riccardo Di Vizio), released on Blattodea Records (Italian label releasing industrial techno and power electronics music).
What we have here is powerful hardcore beats over industrial noises, with also maybe an acid flavour. Well crafted hardcore/industrial techno with a distinct personality. Good stuff.

The BC page.

mercredi 11 septembre 2019

Screamer - Highway of Heroes (2019)

Sometimes a bit of traditional heavy metal is like refreshing. Here's some from Screamer (from Sweden), and a new album (their fourth) called Highway of heroes. Their main influence sounds to be old Judas Priest, and they're good at playing this kind of metal. Of course this is often a bit cheesy, and sometimes bordering bad taste as much as genius at the same time, but hey let's face it, heavy metal always have been a kind of "guilty pleasure" anyway, isn't it? Just enjoy it... hold your virtual sword, ride into the wind, no thinking no regret! Have fun.

The Bandcamp page.

jeudi 5 septembre 2019

Visceral Disgorge - Slithering Evisceration (2019)

Need your fresh dose of brutal death metal? Then I have a treat for you! The new Visceral Disgorge, called Slithering Evisceration, eight years after their first one has everything you will like. It's clear those eight years were not wasted because the new one beats the old. Dense and straight to the point at the same time thanks to the good songwriting, technical enough (the drumming especially), some slam but not too much, good riffing and a good brutal groove. They do the job expertly. Good stuff!

The Bandcamp page.

mardi 3 septembre 2019

No Balls / Blank Veins - split (2016)

This is an awesome split with two bands influenced by the Brainbombs kind of noise rock, trumpet (for No Balls) and sax (for Blank Veins) included. No Balls even features half members of Brainbombs.
The No Balls tracks are more repetitive (not in a bad way) and are more brutally industrial, whereas the Blank Veins tracks have more diversity, sometimes a bit melodic, sometimes more chaotic and noisy.
Both side of the split are really excellent.

samedi 31 août 2019

Endorphins Lost - Seclusions (2019)

Last time I wrote about Endorphins Lost was when I reviewed their split with the excellent OSK, now they're back with an album, called Seclusions, and it's really good. They play some fastcore/grind, with a bit of sludge sometimes. It really sounds pissed off and has enough variety to keep your attention (too often in hardcore/grind the songs sounds a bit like blurred each into the others but they avoid that).
Good stuff.

The BC page.

mercredi 28 août 2019

John Zorn - The Hierophant (2019)

This is a piano, bass, drums trio album, but, composed by John Zorn and played by Brian Marsella (piano), Trevor Dunn (bass) and Kenny Wollesen (drums), The Hierophant is not your usual chamber music. The nine tracks, each one inspired by one tarot card, shows many different facets and moods, it's quite melodic and there are quiet moments yes, but coming with the expected (from these guys!) additional intensity and expertly controlled craziness. This is a truly superb and moving album. Highly recommended!

The Tzadik page.

dimanche 25 août 2019

Uniform & The Body - Everything That Dies Someday Comes Back (2019)

Uniform. The Body. A second collaborative album even better than the first one. Still on Sacred Bones Records. Do I really need to say more? One of the essentials listens of the year for anyone into industrial music (or a really good one to get into industrial music). Heavily recommended.

The BC page.

mercredi 21 août 2019

Blame God - Power and Control (2019)

Power and Control is the third release from Blame God. Their second one, Strategically Confined made a big impression on me two years ago (read my review HERE) and this one's also very good. The fast riffs are nicely vicious and the mid tempo/slower parts have a big heavy groove giving to this release a more death metal feel (think bands like Immolation or Incantation maybe) than the previous had (and why not?). Blame God is definitely one of the new grind band you to follow. Now time for an album guys! I'm really looking forward to it!

The BC page.

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.