All posts by Eric Nguyen

Lift For Justice II: BENCHPRESS Streaming New Track “Penance”

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REVIEW: SKINFATHER – “None Will Mourn”

Situated by membership and sound in the context of contemporary rising Southern California hardcore, Skinwalker walk the edge along with bands like Power Trip as niche groups prominent among the hardcore underground but not yet broken in the mainstream of their appropriate genres. While the latter Power Trip has found its corner amongst the hardcore world with recent success beyond following the release of their latest record, the approaching three-year career of Skinfather seems to have walked the path of stagnation, having under their belt but two EPs and a record of inconsistent touring with prominence overshadowed by their peers, by the genre disconnect among their main fanbase. 2014 brings Skinfather’s debut record, None Will Mourn, to the front by way of Todd Jones of Nails’s  label Streetcleaner Records. Continuing the group’s evolutionary incline towards a more expansive death metal style whilst refining their hardcore assault, None Will Mourn is definitely the group’s finest work to date and just may be the group’s breakout record. Continue reading

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Gnarmageddon Fest III: A Day In Review

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Much fucking thanks to Matt Ulfelder of Ulfelder Photography and Furn from Unfunzine for providing photos. 

My day started up late, circa 1 PM, nauseated and banged up from the usual “it’s probably Asbestos” climate of my upstairs bedroom. What started as just a few videos on r/youtubehaiku somehow turned into two hours and at that point, I presumed it to be the right time to start the day with some breakfast. Fish cake noodles…along with a viewing of Bad Boys II, which culminated around the slo-mo sequence where Martin Lawrence gets shot in the ass, the fated dropoff point for the eternally damned Michael Bay film which to the chagrin of the writers of Hot Fuzz, I have yet to finish. My pops and I headed down from Van Nuys to Pomona for me to hit up Gnarmageddon III at the Glasshouse and for him, to prepare for the day after of midi-tracked keyboard karaoke sessions AKA every party my family will ever celebrate AKA IN THIS INSTANCE as my grandpa and uncle’s death anniversary party version 2K14. Continue reading

Lost In Life: BACKTRACK Streaming New Album

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New York hardcore outfit Backtrack are currently streaming their new ripper of a record, Lost In Life, exclusively over at AbsolutePunk. Blast this shit through some good speakers, room mosh, and then do it for real at one of their record release dates and/or future dates on Comeback Kid’s headlining North American tour. Pre-orders as well as limited package deals are still available at b9store.com.

Backtrack Record Release Show Dates:

  • 1/11 – Backtrack (Rec Release Show), Alpha & Omega, Take Offense, Downpresser and Violent Situation @ Aladdin Jrs in Pomona, CA
  • 1/12 – Backtrack (Rec Release Show), Twitching Tongues, Take Offense, New Brigade and Plead The Fifth @ Oakland Metro in Oakland, CA

JARHEAD FERTILIZER And PURGE. Debut Split Tracks

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Earlier this week, label Cricket Cemetery revealed teaser tracks and plans for a two-pronged assault between two of my favorite entries in the former Cryptic Passages column, Pittsburgh grinders Purge. and the Full Of Hell-affiliated Ocean City slashers Jarhead Fertilizer. To say the least, the devastating initial results show both groups have stepped up their game hard. From their sludgier origins, Jarhead Fertilizer have undergone a huge stylistic change for the better, embracing more grindiness, speed and rhythmic variety, while the solid Purge. are continually increasing the aggression and impact of their Discordance Axis meets Disembodied grind assault. Listen and decide for yourself with both teaser tracks streamable below via Cricket Cemetery’s bandcamp and an additional two tracks also streamable below as background music via a video tour promo detailing an upcoming mini-tour between the two which will span January 10th through the 12th. Follow Cricket Cemetery on Facebook here for further announcements.   Continue reading

EARTH CRISIS TO Unveil Full Length In March

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Legendary New York metalcore outfit Earth Crisis are set to unveil their Candlelight Records debut and eighth full length record, Salvation Of Innocents, March 3rd for Europe and March 4th for the rest of the world and the U.S. Pegged to be one of the band’s most meticulously crafted albums, the conceptual Salvation Of Innocents will coincide with the release of a comic book that will pair Black Mask Studios’s new Matt Miner helmed-vigilante series Liberator along with the “vivisection concept” of the album with cover artwork for the comic and album being done by Chicago illustrator Menton3 amongst additional comic art by Rod Reis, Javier Aranda, and Joaquin Pereyra. Pre-orders for the album are set for January 20th/21st with the premiere of a new track entitled “De-Desensitive” expected via Lambgoat the 22nd. Digital pre-orders on iTunes will also receive the track “The Morbid Glare” instantly as a bonus. Peep the comic’s cover art above and the full-track listing after the jump. Continue reading

INDIAN Streaming New Track “Directional”

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Long running sludge/doom outfit Indian are ringing in the new year’s gloom just right with the premiere of a new track entitled “Directional”, off of their long-awaited and upcoming fifth full length LP, From All Purity. Currently streaming exclusively over at Invisible Oranges HQ, “Directional” is a six minute trudging journey into hypnotic bleakness with rolling doom riffs canvassed across a sea of piercing power electronics and amongst some of the group’s most scathing vocal recordings to date. Drone out to the new buzz here, check out the first tease “Rhetoric Of No” here, and pre-order From All Purity via Relapse Records here.

The record hits North American shores the 21st of January, Germany/Benelux/Finland on the 17th and the rest of the world on the 20th.

 

Best Of 2013: Eric’s Favorite Albums Of The Year

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Hello again, fellow Aftermathers! My prolonged absence from the American Aftermath world officially ends NOW with this penultimate annual post, a small but personally necessary pittance to the plentiful albums and artists that sustained me throughout this most bountiful year in extreme music. The following thirty item list reflects full-length albums only with an aural adherence to the hardcore and powerviolence realms as per my listening habits this year. A ton of awesome death metal revivals as well as resurgences from other notables in the general metal realm happened this year (Gorguts, Carcass, The Dillinger Escape Plan, Ulcerate etc.) of which I listened(or rather actively listened) to practically NONE. I simply wasn’t feeling it at this year and intend to return to survey these releases at another time. Thanks to the Aftermath crew especially Ross Gnarly, Lane “The Machine” Oliver, and Josh Huddleston, the bands and musicians, and last but not least, you, the readers! Peep the list after the jump. Continue reading

Straight To The Point: Quick Review of SOKUSHINBUTSU’s “Holy Ground”

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Formed out of the remnants of the late and great Lapse and Eddie Brock comes Sokushinbutsu, a new Baltimore based group so accurately self-described as “not metal dudes playing death metal”. Presenting death metal strained through the filters of hardcore, powerviolence, grindcore and d-beat, Sokushinbutsu assault with a bite not ill-compared to the more recent iterations of Mammoth Grinder and Hatred Surge on their debut demo Holy Ground, albeit sustained with a bit more focus. In accordance with the aforementioned groups and in contrast to the dirgy death metal archetype, Holy Ground’s tracks run short and sweet with the majority of tracks running under two minutes, however, the tonality and vocals remain firmly ingrained in doomed out death metal, making the group’s excursions and diversions into their more familiar genres seem just that, extremely moshable “additives” to an already firm death metal base. Holy Ground is currently available for streaming below and free download via Sokushinbutsu’s official bandcamp here. Follow Sokushinbutsu through their official Facebook here and be sure to lookout for a tape version via Arctic Night Records soon as well as a full length from these maniacs on the horizon.

 

Rating: 9/10
Label: Self-released
Release Date: September 23rd, 2013
Favorite Track: “Nail Through The Immortal Hand”
For Fans Of: Coffins, Mammoth Grinder, Hatred Surge

Review: SEX PRISONER – “State Property”

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Powerviolence has always been an anomalous and challenging realm for me. Its multitude of songs, all brandished with unique titles, themes, and riffs and A.D.D. like assault require an almost encyclopedic type of memory and a keen ear to attention. For years, though, I mocked its brevity, consistently placing bands under the powerviolence monikers into a category I denominated as “if you missed the first ten minutes, you missed the whole show” as if length somehow meant quality. All in all, it was novelty. Enter Sex Prisoner. The Tucson, AZ group’s punishing brand of heavy hardcore embellished powerviolence was definitely one of the first to give me the set of ears to be able to appreciate the genre. Their TLAL debut EP gave to powerviolence’s blasts of fury a much needed sludged out metallic hardcore low end undercurrent. Spasticness was given focus and a genre overlooked was given a second chance. After three years, Sex Prisoner’s long awaited effort comes in the form of State Property, a ten track behemoth of an effort that integrates the brooding yet monotonous sledgehammer assault of their excellent debut with the finer touches and technical details of their latter ACxDC/Magnum Force split, crafting the group’s most cohesive and well-written release to date. Continue reading

HOMEWRECKER Extend Tour/Announce Album Plans

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Photo Credits to: Ed Battes (www.settabphoto.com)

Following up their West Coast run last month, Ashtabula, OH dark hardcore outfit Homewrecker have confirmed an additional two months of tour for the upcoming late Summer/Fall slate, set to begin in less than two weeks. After first hitting up Toledo and Indianapolis for a handful of tour dates alongside A389 labelmates Full Of Hell, Homewrecker will hook up with Harm’s Way and Dead In The Dirt for an extensive two week West Coast tour followed by a week’s worth of dates with Harm’s Way alone. Following this, Homewrecker will embark on their first ever European tour running through October alongside Poland’s Calm The Fire before returning home for a spew of U.S./Canada dates. The culmination of this tour cycle will see Homewrecker returning to work on their sophomore A389 released LP, Circle Of Death, due out sometime in the first half of 2014. Peep the full tour dates below alongside a stream of Homewrecker’s debut LP, Worms And DirtContinue reading

BACKTRACK Sign To B9 Records

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Plans for Backtrack’s forthcoming LP, teased “in progress” through the group’s Twitter sometime last March, have been laid out in full. The New York hardcore outfit have officially signed to Bridge 9 Records with plans for the release of their sophomore full length sometime early 2014. This latest effort sees them returning to record with premiere hardcore engineer Nick Jett(Terror), who worked with the band on their excellent debut 2011 Reaper Records LP, Darker Half. In the meantime, Backtrack are poised to close out 2013 on The Anonymous Tour alongside Stray From The Path, Gideon, No Bragging Rights and Rescuer in October. Check out the full tour details as well as a stream of Darker Half below. Follow Backtrack via their official Facebook for updates.  Continue reading

NAYSAYER Release Video For “Infiltrator”

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Richmond, VA hardcore outfit Naysayer have released a video for the track “Infiltrator” off of their 2011 debut LP, Laid To Rest. Despite the track’s oldness, it’s good to see that the group is not dead. Hopefully, their on and off tour schedule and here and there updates signal imminent material. Peep the David Wood(Down To Nothing, Terror) directed video below which includes live shot and behind the scenes footage from the group’s 2012 European tour with Terror and Brutality Will Prevail.

Total Bananas: MELT BANANA Announce Tour Dates

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Photo Credits Due To: Mads Monsen (http://blog.madsmonsen.com/blog/tag/past/page/2/)

Japanese spastic experimental grind outfit Melt Banana are poised to hit North America for a month long tour excursion starting mid-October and ending mid-November in support of their first LP in six years, Fetch, due out October 1st via A-Zap Records. Peep the full tour details below and pre-order Fetch as vinyl or CD here. Continue reading

Antinumerology: MITOCHONDRION Debut New Track/Pre-Orders

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Vancouver, BC experimental blackened death metal hounds Mitochondrion are currently streaming a mind-melting new track entitled “Insummation” off of their long-awaited EP, Antinumerology. Tight, discordant, and ripe with the group’s vitriolic militancy, “Insummation” is a well awaited slice of fine death metal and in my opinion, strikes the perfect balance between the group’s war metal-esque assault and eerie atmospherics. While the track itself has been a part of the group’s live repertoire for awhile and should be no stranger to followers of the group, the two-year gap between 2011′s Parasignosis draws blood with two additional new tracks to round out three on this latest EP( “137″ and “Antinumerology”), available for pre-order now as limited black or white vinyl via Dark Descent Records. Stream “Insummation” below, pre-order Antinumerology here and check out it’s awesome artwork above, done by Richard Friend (Loss, Father Befouled).