In a perfect world, LARVAE, from the ever so musically fascinating SF Bay Area, would be ruling the world of blackened death-doom and handing out invaluable lessons to everyone when it comes to things like form, integrity, character, style and execution. But as we know the world is far from perfect, and is actually more often than not a spiteful and cynical shithole pit of injustice, where assholes and jocks rule the world while real talent goes completely unnoticed. Well fuck that. Maybe it’s just because of this that Larvae is where it is, or maybe cause these boys are shy and prefer to stay away from the spotlight, but truth is, it is most likely that none of you, or very few of you, have heard of this band before, and that, sorry to say, is fucking unacceptable.
Just out on Video Disease Records is this self-titled seven inch from weirdo hardcore band Umbilical Cord. Spastic snarls and high pitched screeches are spat over surprisingly melodic and idiosyncratic guitars with occasional bursts of Greg Ginn-ish atonal shred and psychedelic riffs that are as much feedback as playing. ‘Two Seconds’ in particular is filled with achingly emotive arpeggios and melodic chords, contrasted with the vocals that sound like the frontman is actually being strangled by an umbilical cord. This release flies by in less than five minutes but easily packs in more creativity and fuck-it sonic adventurism than an hour’s worth of by-the-numbers hardcore.
CVLT Nation is stoked to be hitting you with a double whammy of WTCHDR today – an exclusive video and track premiere of “Our Filthy Hearts,” the 2nd track off their upcoming full length album Triumph and Despair. This band effectively tears your chest open and eats your beating heart in just over one minute of truly filthy, destructive and fucking awesome music! The video gives you a band member perspective on the tune, whipping you from drummer to guitar to vocalist to fully encompass the experience that is “Our Filthy Hearts.” Check out this video below and stay tuned for more from WTCHDR and CVLT Nation…
Just when you think you have them figured out, STUNTMAN‘s brutal angular grindcore turns your skull a different direction! These Frenchmen have a new album entitled Incorporate The Excess coming out on January 18th via Solar Flare Records, and it will have your eyes rolling into back of your head for sure! Today CVLT Nation is streaming the STUNTMAN track “The Patriot, The Elite, The Icon” below…You know the drill – get your weirdo grind and freak on!
The time is now to start checking out the insane releases that are in the pipeline for 2014. CVLT Nation has one for you: DIE CHOKING, who have a raging EP coming out in January. Over 5 tracks, this band scrambles your brain cells with their brand of high-octane grindcore laced with traces of rancid crust! What I dig about this record is the hidden grooves that are smashed against walls of aggressive speed & angst! DIE CHOKING also brings the noise with their messages of anti-authority & anti-capitalism. CVLT Nation has the honor of streaming the new DIE CHOKING EP in full below!
By Corey & Gene of Pledge Allegiance to Grindcore
Corey’s Top 3 of 2013:
This, hands down, is the PV/Grind album of the year. This duo out of Seattle, Washington, manage to craft some truly memorable, violent jams for 2013. The Brutal Supremacy trilogy alone would put them on the list, but their are 17 other songs of blistering power violence to power house this release! This is pure, unbridled power violence that delivers gang vocals, memorable riffs, pure hardcore attitude in spades! The fact that they recorded the album in three different variations, and packaged it as a whole, is amazing. Hearing the “standard” version is all well and good, but to hear it meshed with the noise track they created truly adds a level of unparalleled violence. Pure and simple, this is a must listen album from a band that has been storming the underground for well over a decade.
It’s been an incredible year for music and choosing only six releases for any kind of list is a tough event.
The UK has a wide-ranging amount of bands – from doom to sludge, black metal to grind and everything in between – and there’s been a lot to take in this year. Still though, I feel like I haven’t heard anywhere near enough from the homeland this year so this list will be the top 6 UK releases that I’ve been particularly drawn to and actually managed to listen to.
As per personal custom, this list is alphabetical.
Does this really need any explanation? Carcass are Gods within the UK grind scene and they are rightly revered for their ability to constantly push forward their genre. Many thought that after 1996s Swansong the band were done with releasing music and while they played live often they never got around to a new album. Then 2013 came around and holy shit, “Captive Bolt Pistol” found its way online and everything was right with the world.
We’ve talked about this release abundantly here, and it would be superfluous and redundant to keep bragging on about how insanely awesome this release by the young trio from Pisa is. A debut album that represents the crowning achievement in Italian underground metal in 2013, by far, without the barest shadow of a doubt. Buioingola have made an incredible statement in the world of dark and atmospheric metal with this debut album of theirs, and anyone who is in love with the more apocalyptic, gloomy and depressed sides of crust and doom should put Dopo L’Apnea on their year’s end top albums lists. For all fans of Planks, Altar of Plagues, Fall of Efrafa, Year of No Light and the such. Let the shadows spill in.
Fuck the Facts / Godstopper – Bovine Sex Club – Toronto
Anthony Abbatangelo, Toronto
For the first time in years, Toronto was treated to a performance by the legendary Fuck the Facts. Hailing from Ottawa, these guys are practically Canadian metal veterans, having spent more than 12 years terrorizing audiences with their evil brew of grindcore, death and sludge. Their shows are notoriously intense and jarringly brief – typically a 35 minute blast that leaves the crowd dazed, exhausted and screaming for more – and fans who packed tight into the Bovine Sex Club found this night to be no exception. Material from their new EP Amer was heavily featured, a release that perfectly casts melodic passages against the usual grindy insanity.
Date: 2013 12 01
Venue: Rockefeller, Oslo, Norway
Carcass is undisputably one of the cornerstones in the evolution of grindcore and extreme metal, and their first albums ripped new a-holes to a whole generation of unknowing metalheads that newer knew what hit them. Of course, honour & glory goes out to John Peel that played Carcass on his BBC radio show, but the evidence remains loud and clear: Carcass has a real solid catalogue of heavy-as-fuck songs that would convince even deaf people that metal is sovereign as a higher form of art. Add the gory covers and the lyrical intricacies, and yes, you have a winner.
After years in the depths of oblivion, Carcass slowly began doing reunion shows, and all of a sudden there was an album circulating the digital heap of junk (aka ‘internet’). I mean, I’m still listening to Heartwork with a smile on my face, and here’s this new album? Surgical Steel? Sounds familiar and contingent to the Carcass stylesheet. Well, you probably got suckerpunched as much as any of us: The album was decent. Hell, it was above decent, and it delivered the signature melodic riffs like a motherfucker, gurgling vocals and blastbeats like clockwork. It was all good.