There is a certain quality to Finnish death metal that is unattainable anywhere else, a certain malicious and utterly foreboding timbre, attributed to the area. Legendary groups such as Demigod, the recently reformed Convulse, Abhorrence, Depravity and Funebre all hail from the area and all were active in releasing some of the grimiest and filthiest slabs of death metal during the late 80s, at a time where the Florida death metal scene was booming with acts such as Morbid Angel and Obituary. Desolate Shrine are a new addition to the legacy of Finnish death metal. A fairly new group with only one release under their belt, their debut album, Tenebrous Towers, Desolate Shrine prove longevity to be off no factor, their music is still as grimy and disgusting as their forefathers. Currently streaming exclusively over at GunShyAssassin is a track off of the group’s upcoming LP, The Sanctum of Human Darkness(Dec. 15 via Dark Descent Records), a eight minute walk through utter and complete darkness, an audio manifestation of Poe’s The Fall of The House of Usher. Stream “The Chalice of Flesh and Bone: The Eminence of Chaos” here courtesy of GunShyAssassin, check out a eight minute preview of the upcoming album below, and pre-order it here. Continue reading
Just five days ago, on the 8th of this month, the awesome Tankcrimes Records celebrated their 10th Anniversary as a label and as a payoff to their fans and followers, have since been allowing downloads of almost their entire discography of releases on a pay-what-you-want basis. I began following Tankcrimes about halfway through their career, first introduced into their line of excellent, humorous, and brutal releases through acts such as the weed and old school death metal influenced group Cannabis Corpse and the Gwar-ian death thrashers, Ghoul. Their lineage of excellent releases continues today as evidenced by the recent awesome hardcore punk album, Not You, by Kicker and the awesome thrash split , Toxic Waste, between Toxic Holocaust and Municipal Waste, regular plays around American Aftermath HQ. So what are you waiting for? Go download the whole gamut of albums via bandcamp here. It wouldn’t hurt to donate a couple of bucks either. To many more years of blood soaked releases.
I recently posted about the details on The Bronx’s new LP and their new 7″. The 7″ contains the songs “Ribcage” (which will also appear on The Bronx IV) and “Into the Black”. Well the upbeat, punk stormer”Ribcage” has surfaced online for your listening enjoyment and can be streamed below. The Bronx IV will arrive on February 5th
Clutch have announced that they will be kicking North America’s ass from March 8th to April 20th in an extensive North American tour. Exact details for the shows however remain a mystery. The tour will be in support of the group’s upcoming record, Earth Rocker, which is due out sometime in March. The band does however have the following dates booked for the time being:
If you purchased the Isis rarities set, Temporal, in CD format then you may have noticed a problem. The download card for the bonus tracks was not included! But have no fear, Isis are offering a free download of the bonus tracks. The band had the following to say on the mix up:
Chicago three piece Arbogast will be releasing their debut full length record, simply titled I, on November 20th via Nefarious Industries. This trio perform a hodgepodge of the good stuff such as sludge, post-hardcore and good ol’ punk. Brooklyn Vegan is currently streaming two tracks from the record entitled “Blastfamous” and “Forming the Flock”. You can check out those killer tracks over there OR you can stream them on Bandcamp. The album will feature the following track list:
Legendary sludge rockers Corrosion Of Conformity have just released their latest offering, an EP by the name of Megalodon. Riding on the coattails of the band’s latest, self-titled LP, which was released this February, Megalodon is a fantastic, short record and it’s just an all-around rocking good time. I try to keep my head up on Scion A/V’s releases because they put out a lot of great heavy metal releases, but this one almost slipped past me. So yeah, if you didn’t get enough CoC this year, grab this monster now. It’s fucking good, kids. Check out a sample after the jump. Continue reading
By a ricochet means of communication, I first found out about Cloud Rat from AA head, Ross Gnarly, who in turn found out about them from J. Randall’s(ANb, Japanese Torture Comedy Hour) independent noise/grind/hip-hop/powerviolence label, Grindcore Karaoke. Cloud Rat play a frenzied style of grindcore that borderlines between the brittle melodics of 90s screamo and the caustic violence of black metal. Following up on their devastating split with Republic Of Dreams is their upcoming full length album, Moksha(out Feb. 2013 via Halo Of Flies Records), which roughly translates into Sanskrit to mean either “liberation” or “release”, a definite catharsis and liberation from stress for me personally. A track off of Moksha, entitled “Aroma” is currently streaming exclusively over at Halo Of Flies official site. Stream that here and Cloud Rat’s previous full length albums(one is actually a compilation), available free(and as vinyl here) via Grindcore Karaoke below. Details on the album are poised to be released soon as well as pre-order information. We’ll keep you posted. Stay grind.