Well folks, this is my final post of the year (aside from my Year-End List which will be posted on New Years). With my last post, I wanted to do something un-metal and still something I love. I have been listening to St. Vincent‘s self-titled album all year and I love it. The first track I heard off of it was “Birth In Reverse,” which is an amazing song. It just so happens that a music video for that song was released a few days ago. So, as I go away until next year, enjoy the new music video by the unbelievably talented St. Vincent. Farewell, readers. Continue reading
Deathwish, Inc. will take it’s DW Fest to Europe next year and the line-up in unbelievable. Converge, Trap Them, Harm’s Way and Young And In The Way will all tour the European market and I hate you all for it. I mean, holy shit. That is a hell of a tour package and I would kill to check out. I love all of those bands and it angers me that I can’t see them. For any of your Euro readers however, check out the dates after the jump. Continue reading
Finland has hordes of black metal bands and one of my favorites is Saturnian Mist. This band has put out numerous amazing records, the latest of which will see release soon. The new album is titled Chaos Magick and the band has released a music video for their song “The True Law” off of the album. The video includes a lot of flashing imagery and it is in black and white (I adore black and white videos). I do not recommend this video for any epileptic readers. Check out “The True Law” below. Continue reading
Artificial Brain have yet to do anything normally, so I was not surprised t olearn that the band had released a new, odd music video for their song “Absorbing Black Ignition” (Lane talked about the song here). The video was done in 3D animation and it’s really off the wall. I mean, I understand a lot of shit and I’m still pretty wowed. Check out the video after the jump. Continue reading
Israeli blackened whatever act Melechesh will release their new album Enki next year and the band has burst forward with a lyric video for their new track “Multiple Truths.” I haven’t listened to Melechesh in a while, but this is pretty incredible. I really dig this song and I can’t wait to hear the remainder of the album. You can check out “Multiple Truths” below. CRUSH. Continue reading
Blackened grind smashers Dead In The Manger will release their LP Cessation in February and the band has unleashed a beast in the form of “Part IV.” This track is a filthy slab of unholy mastery and I love it. I am really looking forward to some more Dead In The Manger. Check out “Part IV” below. Continue reading
Skeletonwitch, Goatwhore and Mortals have announced a pretty extensive European tour that will kick off in early April. That is one hell of a tour package and I hate all of you in Europe for being able to see this instead of me. Hate. You can check out the dates after the jump. Also, fuck you. Continue reading
Dooming mobsters YOB have announced a tour that will find them hitting the road alongside Enslaved and Ecstatic Vision. Holy hell. Dude. That is an amazing tour with just YOB and Enslaved. I mean, those two are going to absolutely kill it. I say this because I don’t know Ecstatic Vision, but their name makes me think of the last A Life Once Lost album, which makes me sad. Fuck, that’s off topic. Check out the tour dates below. Continue reading
I just read a statement that said that Caliban have never released a song in their native German until their most recent album Ghost Empire. Well, just to clear things up, this is not true. This may very well be the first ORIGINAL track the band has recorded in German, but in 2011 the band released an EP of cover songs titled Coverfield, which featured the Rammstein song “Sonne,” which is 100% in German. Just wanted to clear that up.
That said, Caliban have released a lyric video for their track “Nebel” off of Ghost Empire. Yes, the song is in German and yes, it rules. Check out the video below and be sure to pick up the new record if you haven’t. It’s a crusher. Continue reading
There are some killer bands here in Arkansas. Pallbearer, Living Sacrifice and Rwake all come to mind right off the bat and the latter is planning a re-release of their debut 1998 demo Xenoglossalgia in February and trust me, if you’re not holding onto that dem0 at this exact moment, or if you’ve never heard it, you’re about to lose your shit.
Xenoglossalgia is a legendary artifact in the Arkansas metal community. Think of the sludge version of the Ark Of The Covenant. Holy fuck, is this heavy. Check out a few tracks from the re-release after the jump. The remaster is so fucking crisp. Enjoy. Continue reading
Casey Aylward of Hetfield & Hetfield:
1. Mastodon – Once More Round the Sun
Pianos Become The Teeth – Keep You
Lagwagon – Hang
Antemasque – S/T
Trash Talk – No Peace
Morrissey- World Peace is None of Your Business
Bane – Don’t Wait Up
Joyce Manor – Never Hungover Again
Tigers Jaw – Charmer
Weezer- Everything Will Be Alright In The End
Pallbearer – Foundation of Burden
Number one is number one and everything else is just random. These albums made me feel something, perhaps taught me something about myself.
Devin Townsend, Opeth and Code Orange should be on here but I just didn’t get to spend enough time with those records.
Christopher Cruz of So Hideous:
10. Behemoth – The Satanist
9. Alcest – Shelter
8. Mastodon – Once More ‘Round the Sun
7. Young And In The Way – When Life Comes To Death
6. Blut Aus Nord – Memoria Vetusta III: Saturnian Poetry
5. Spooky Black- Leaving
4. Blonde Redhead- Barragan
3. Nothing – Guilty of Everything
2. Antemasque – S/T
1. Interpol – El Pintor
Ali Ghorashi of Hivesmasher:
1. Gates – Bloom and Breathe
Decapitated – Blood Mantra
You + Me – Rose Ave
Old Man Gloom – The Ape of God I & II
Every Time I Die – From Parts Unknown
At the Gates – At War with Reality
Misery Index – The Killing Gods
Bane – Don’t Wait Up
Oh The Humanity – Carry Me Home
Trap Them – Blissfucker
Damien Rice – My Favorite Faded Memory
Taylor Swift – 1989
Revocation – Deathless
Cult Leader – Nothing For Us Here
Tiger Flowers – Dead Hymns
Charles Cure of HUSH.
triptykon – melana chasmata. this record took me by surprise just like Celtic Frost’s Monotheist did when it came out. you would think by now i’d learn to just believe this dude puts out great records, but i am stupid. this album is infused with a unique kind of darkness, and every time you think it is going one direction, it goes into another. just listen to it.
torchrunner – endless nothing. another record i didn’t think i was going to like that came roaring out of the gate pissed off and firing on all pistons. its fast, angry, its loud. a blur of blasts and feedback. kids at my high school would have called this ‘kill your parents music’ but now i think they arrest you for saying stuff like that.
walk through fire – hope is misery. i have starkweather to thank for turning me on to this gem. its loud, slow, filled to the brim with an impenetrable gloom. doom, but all the best that the genre has to offer.
dirge – hyperion. like if you could combine some of the textures of nine inch nails or ministry with neurosis/isis/cult of luna, and ‘being french’ this is what you get. i loved their last album and anticipated this one a lot and it didnt let me down and continues to grow on me.
nothing – guilty of everything. i took a trip back to 1993 and it was awesome. this record has been reviewed a million times better than whatever i have to say about it. its the sweet parts of MBV, smashing pumpkins, hum, etc all rolled into one convenient package.
pyrrhon – mother of virtues. if someone stuck one of those colonoscopy cameras down your throat and then flailed and augered it around inside you like a drain snake, it would feel like listening to this record. its a dissonant, unsettling, challenging listen that i keep coming back to.
nux vomica – s/t. i hate the punkier side of crust. this is not that. this is crust made by people who don’t love GG Allin, but like neurosis more. its got all you need. like fall of efrafa or downfall of gaia, its crust for people who, um, think about stuff…
alcest – shelter. so pretty, so good. this record just sounds beautiful and is a great progression from their last one. yeah, they left metal behind, but they managed to encompass much more than genre limitations can imply as a result and made a sincere and lush sounding record, unlike some other band from last year that tried this same thing, but added terrible leather gloves into the mix.
forn – the departure of consciousness. first, this band sounds SO HEAVY BRO. walls of fuzzy tone washing all over you like waves on a RIFF OCEAN. really well executed gloomy doom with the tiniest twinge of stoner overtones here and there. second, they played a show in a cave, so you know they’re trve and kvlt. its ok to get a patch and sew it on your vest or whatever.
birds of passage – this kindly slumber. i have been accused of being a fan of something termed ‘the breathy female vocal’ and yeah, maybe i am. if so, BoP really hits that sweet spot. this is the kind of record that lulls you into a kind of pleasant dreamstate with whispery words and ethereal tones. its terminally chill. i’ll listen to and probably love anything this lady puts out.
Cameron Miller of Seizures
Lust For Youth – International
Future Islands – Singles
Shellac – Dude Incredible
Iceage – Plowing Into The Field of Love
Raspberry Bulbs – Privacy
Swans – To Be Kind
Colombian Necktie – Twilight Upon Us
Yautja – Songs of Descent
Run With The Hunted – The Sieve and The Sand
Divider – All Barren
Hollow Earth – Silent Graves
The Banner – Greying
Tiger Flowers – Dead Hymns
Idylls – Prayer For Terrene
Pharmakon – Bestial Burden
Silver Snakes – Year of the Snake
Creative Adult – Psychic Mess
Have A Nice Life – The Unnatural World
Single Mothers – Negative Qualities
Fucked Up – Glass Boys
Run The Jewels – 2
Gerard Way – Hesitant Alien
Brody Dalle – Diploid Love
Charli XCX – Sucker
Exalt – Pale Light
Mossbreaker – Transmission
Teeth – Unremittance
Old Wounds – Death Projection
Left Astray – Don’t Look For Me
Lyed – Between My Claws
Cursed Graves – Western Blood
Cult Leader – Nothing For Us Here
Tharsis They – Formless Shapeless
Youth Code – A Place To Stand
Glue – Self Titled
The Coltranes – Cat of Nine Tails
Everybody Row – The Sea Inside
Fuck The Facts – Abandoned
Teen Death – Crawling
Dream Ritual – EP
Kid Armor – The Outcome Replays
Jonathan Howell of Kowloon Walled City and Puig Destroyer
Johnny’s Top Albums of 2014
Wrong – EP: the dudes from Capsule who still live in Miami had their “hey what should our new band sound like” conversation and one of them said “Helmet” and everyone else was like “cool we’re done.” (… just kidding. I have no idea). That said, this EP rules and the songs are better than anything since Aftertaste. Stoked for whatever they do next.
Dead Rider – The Raw Dents: Man… this record. Imagine if Bowie joined Portishead and they decided to write a Beefheart album. Strangely uplifting for having such bummer lyrics (“the house you came up in, burned down. Weird. SUMMAH”). This was also the best show I saw this year. Still recovering.
Drunk Dad – Ripper Killer: mean, ugly music. Makes me want to throw trash at pedestrians. 2nd best show I saw this year.
Roomrunner – Separate: awesome, hooky rock music. I end up listening to these songs on repeat a lot.
Puig Destroyer – LP: what…. it’s good.
Sturgill Simpson – Metamodern Sounds In Country Music: great country music about taking a lot of drugs. Have you ever had a man with a beautiful voice sing a song that breaks your heart? … on weed?
Sloths – EP: I don’t understand how these dudes keep getting better. There should be a ceiling dammit (old man yells at riffs). I read a cool description of the band Weakling once where the writer talked about how their songs propelled you forward in way most black metal bands couldn’t do. I feel that way about Sloths. I don’t normally seek out this kind of screamy, delayed-out hardcore but hoooollly shit do these guys do it well.
Remember last year when I was talking about the overhaul of deathcore? Suddenly, bands that I could care less about were making phenomenal records and then there were up-and-comers popped up that blew me away. One of these bands is The Last Ten Seconds Of Life, who released a GREAT album last year, and they are back with their latest offering Soulless Hymns. The album won’t see release until next month, but you can check out their new track “The Box!” after the jump. Get a thick dose of madness below. Continue reading
I love coming across free compilations. I mean, you check them out because a single band on there piques your interest and then the next thing you know, you’ve discovered five new bands to follow. Well, a band that we love here at AA, The Great Sabatini has been featured on a new compilation and in doing so, they have a brand new track streaming. The track is called “Bleeder Of The Pack” and it sits comfortably on the Sludge Hummer Septic Murk-Tape Vol.2 alongside Greber, Godstopper and Fuck The Facts. Check out the track below. Continue reading
MetalSucks often ends up promoting some killer tour packages and their most recent is no different. The site has announced a US tour featuring The Contortionist, Revocation, Fallujah and Toothgrinder. That is one hell of a fucking tour if I do say so myself. This is the stuff of dreams and if you are anywhere in the vicinity of any of these shows and you do not go, I am disappointed in you, sir. The tour kicks off in February, so check out the dates below. Continue reading
Instrumetal act Pelican are a house favorite here at American Aftermath and I know that Lane and I both cannot get enough of them. Well, the band has released a new music video for their track “Deny the Absolute” and it’s pretty grand. Footage for the video was collected during the bands West Coast tour this summer and the editing and all around feel of the video is superb. Check out “Deny The Absolute” below. Continue reading