UNSANE Cover MELVINS For Upcoming Tour Split 7″

Unsane has released a cover of the Melvins track “The Bloat” online. The track will appear on the band’s upcoming Amphetamine Reptile Records Cage Match tour 7″. In case you missed, I have re-posted the scheduled tour dates. Check out the cover and the original below as well.

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Review: IMPENDING DOOM- “Baptized In Filth”

When I first heard about the name of the fourth album from Califoria based Christian metallers Impending Doom, titled Baptized In Filth, needless to say I was more delighted than shocked. The shocked part referring to some of the fans of this band going up in arms about it and making a fuss. Not every band that has positivity and virtue within their lyrics can aim to please. So needless to say this reviewer had some moderate expectations. Continue reading

This House… Is Clear: Watch THIS IS HELL Exercise Their Demons

I like when bands keep their music videos simple. Look at This Is Hell, for example. They recorded their new video for the track “Demons” in their practice space when they had some free time. And it’s great. A simple, killer live music video. The song is killer and these dudes destroy. Check out the video below.

Rise, Mayan Warriors: UNLEASHED Post New Lyric Video

I really wish bands would get past this whole lyric video fad. I mean, is it really necessary? What happened to the good ole’ days when you had to guess what the fuck the dude was screaming about? And if you didn’t know, you made some shit up. But nowadays every band has a lyric video (or fifteen if you’re a deathcore band) so that everyone can sing a long! Really?

You don’t need to sing a long to Unleashed. You mouth the words quietly while headbanging unless your at a live show, in which you scream like you’re being murdered. But still, you don’t have to know the words. Can we all just get past this now? Please? On that note here is a new lyric video from Unleashed. Do what I did: listen to the song and go about your day. I don’t know shit aside from the chorus. Word up. Odalheim is due out on April 24th via Nuclear Blast Records.

Review: MIKE ARMINE- “Verse”

Ahh the soothing sounds of dark ambient. It can be a mixture of something calm and relaxing, or it can be something sinister and downright scary. Luckily there’s something out there that will mix a little bit of the best of both worlds, and that is the latest release from Mike Armine entitled Verse.

It took me a while to figure out who this person was until it hit me that he was the main man behind Pennsylvania based experimental rockers Rosetta. Anything that this band makes pretty much rules and isn’t afraid to cross boundaries. Same can be said about their frontman and his solo ventures, coming out in 2007 with his debut Cleansing Undertones of Wake/Lift which showcased more of a stretch towards drone, dark ambient, shoegaze, and noise (said album is also included and remastered for this new album).

Now we fast forward to 2012 with his long overdue sophmore effort. And in Verse, it ranges from calming, to noisy, to repetitious, to almost an entrancing mystique once you get to the closing moments of this album. Stuff like that is to be expected, same as with last year when one man whirlwind Dominick Fernow aka Prurient released his plethora of dark ambient/noise related materials in 2011. Songs like “Optical Electronics” and “Carson’s Theorem” seem to present this albums more calmer and relaxing side. While the two closing songs “The Non Place Of The Body” and the twice as long “The Non Place Of The Desire” sheds a dark light of this music style’s more darker approach including the drone and harsh noise aspects.

When all is said and done, this is an album that will stimulate the mind and bring forward your darkest inner thoughts. It may not be for everyone, but this is defintely a welcome piece of dark ambient for the year of 2012.

Final score: 8 out of 10

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