Review: CLOUD RAT-“Moksha”

By Lane Oliver

Michigan’s grinding hardcore misfits, Cloud Rat, are a band that has apparently slipped through my cracks for some time. The other writers have mentioned Cloud Rat before but I never had a chance to give them a listen before their new full length, Moksha, fell into my lap. I obsessively checked out the band’s back catalog before giving this record a listen and was still not prepared for what Moksha would bring. This record shows Cloud Rat at their heaviest, rawest and shows them breaking new ground as well.

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Former Member of THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER Starts Grind “Supergroup”

According to the reliable bros over at Metalsucks, former drummer of The Black Dahlia MurderShannon Lucas, is currently working on putting together a new grind project featuring Trevor Strnad (The Black Dahlia Murder) on vocals and Shane Embury (Napalm Death) on bass. Less notably the group features former Wartorn guitarist, Adam Faris. The group was originally conceived by Lucas prior to joining TBDM, but was put on the side line due to the groups busy schedule.

Apparently the guitar parts have been finished for quite some time and the band is just waiting for Embury to lay down some bass riffs before the ball really gets rolling. As of now, the group remains nameless but will be entering the studio in April to record vocals and drums for their first release. We will keep you updated as info is released.

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No More Angst: HYBRID Signs To Deepsend Records

Spain’s finest technical metal act known as Hybrid has inked a deal with Deepsend Records! This means that their new album “Angst” will finally be released in the United States on April 30th. This news excites me since it has been five years since Hybrid released their incredible debut album, “The 8th Plague”.

Here is the official press release –

Spanish experimental metallers Hybrid have signed with Deepsend Records to release their sophomore album Angst on April 30th in North America.

The album was produced by founding member and drummer Chus Maestro, mixed at Sadman Studios (Wormed) and mastered by Alan Douches (Mastodon, Dillinger Escape Plan) which feature their heavy and organic trademarked sound far from the non-credible modern superproductions.

The follow-up to their acclaimed 2008 debut The 8th Plague, is a conceptual behemoth of extreme metal that drives the listener through a progressive and intricate songwriting enriched with arrangements and dynamics able to keep the audience aware all time since the first listening.

Not unlike the game changer Planisphaerium by countrymen Wormed in 2003, Hybrid’s Angst could very well be the country’s next great output. A true Hybrid of genres canvasing all aspects of extreme music into one-cohesive yet complex vortex of sound. The twisted extreme death metal of Wormed, the frenetic mathmetal of Dillinger Escape Plan combined with the jazz elements of Candiria and progressive fusion of Cynic creates an impressive album that will appeal to fans of death metal, grindcore and progressive metal.

woah, doesn’t that sound awesome? For those of you whom may be unfamiliar with this awesome band, continue after the jump to hear an advanced stream of their new material. Continue reading

The Drummerless: Lyle Cooper Quits THE FACELESS

Those of you who have seen The Faceless perform in the past week or so may have noticed that their drummer, Lyle Cooper, has been MIA. This has led some on the webz to speculate about Coopers further involvement in the band. To clear up any rumors, Lyle took to his Facebook and let the world know that he is no longer a part of The Faceless. This is what he had to say –     Continue reading

Reaching Beyond The Sun: SHAI HULUD Releases Another New Track

Yesterday the classiest dudes in hardcore, Shai Hulud, made a second track off their upcoming MetalBlade release available for streaming via The new song is titled “A Human Failing” and boy, is it a dozy! This three-minute and thirty-second long piece of music is everything we have come to expect and love from Shai Hulud. With heavy melodic guitar and meaningful lyrics like these, A Human Failing is sure to become a hardcore anthem.

The band’s forthcoming release “Reach Beyond The Sun” will hit stores mid February. Until then, I suggest you do as I am doing and listen to the two songs that have been released over and over… Why? Because Shai Hulud is one of my favorite bands, and because Reach Beyond Sun is my most anticipated release of 2012.     Continue reading

Start Your Morning Off With Footage From The A389 IX Anniversary Bash

Last weekend, record label A389 held their annual weekend long hardcore festival in Baltimore, Maryland. The festival is usually a pretty notable show that combines a mixture of classic hardcore bands with current up and comers. This year the fest featured performances from the likes of IntegrityFull Of Hell, Like Rats, Weekend Nachos and several other artists.

For those of you who aren’t luck enough to live on the east coast, the incredible Metal Nick was there to capture a lot of the mayhem. Posted above is a sweet bootleg of Despise You ripping shit up. To view more Despise You as well as footage of Weekend Nachos and Like Rats continue after the jump.  Continue reading