With two solid full length under their belt (The Order of the False Eye and Quasi-Hallucinogenic Sonic Landscapes), Gigan can either release another brain-splitting opus or a big flop. If Quasi-Hallucinogenic Sonic Landscapes was any indication, then a big flop is out of the question for these tech-metal miscreants. How do you follow up an adventurous, maddeningly complex record? With another even more adventurous and maddeningly complex record! Enter Multi-Dimensional Fractal Sorcery and Super Science, the third and possibly most exciting Gigan album to date. These eight new tracks continue to place Gigan as one of the more interesting technical metal bands of recent years.
Excuse me, but how would you like your brain demolished this evening? Well, Seizures prefers to deep-fry the brain in abrasive song structures, beat it to a paste with the finest riffs that chaotic hardcore can buy, and served with a side of experimentation. Cheesy restaurant metaphors aside, that is the gist of what California’s hardcore quintet Seizures has to offer. The Sanity Universal is the group’s sophomore album and follow up to 2011′s Antipathy. Antipathy was a good album, but nothing that really enthralled me personally. The Sanity Universal is an entirely different story. I do not know what happened or who lost their mind during the years between the two albums but this record is absolutely viscous. There are a number of “chaotic hardcore”/”metallic hardcore” bands that are derived from the sounds of Botch and Converge but Seizures are shaping up to be an entirely new beast. Prepare your body because the next hour you belong Seizures and you are not going to escape without a few bruises.
I’ve known of Living Sacrifice for a long, long time. Why? Because I was born in Little Rock, the bands hometown and I grew up to love metal, so Living Sacrifice, Soul Embraced and Shredded Corpse, all three bands hail from the Natural State and all three share a common element: Rocky Gray. Yes, the same Rocky Gray that was once the drummer for radio rock band Evanescence. Rocky (wised up and) left Evanescence in 2007, shortly before Living Sacrifice reunited. As a guitarist, Rocky has handled Living Sacrifice’s lead guitar spot since the band formed in 1989. They split up for a five year stretch between 2003 and 2008 but now they have returned with their second album since the bands reformation. Continue reading »
When I started blogging back in 2010, there was a site that I constantly read and checked for news and updates called The Number Of The Blog. I loved that site and it was very sad to see it go, but I remember something that I saw on there more than once: album reviews in the form of haiku. I though it was a brilliant idea so I wanted to borrow it for a few Haiku Reviews of my own. I will probably limit this to only 7″ releases, but it should be fun regardless.
Maybe I’ll do this every now and then. Maybe I’ll do it this once. Who knows? Continue reading »
Seattle’s curators of drug-induced noise rock for coke parties, Monogamy Party, are a relatively new band whose scuzzy brand eccentric rock is sure to be devoured happily by the psychotic and deranged, like myself. Monogamy Party was already noisy and erratic enough with just bass, drums and vocals on their debut EP Pus City. On their debut full length False Dancers, they welcome the addition of new guitarist Ricky and his wacky riffs that drip with psychoses. If you haven’t given this band a chance yet, now maybe the time.
In this review Profane Existence, one the most trusted names in crust/d-beat, were kind enough to furnish me with preview copies of their 2013 Limited Edition Singles Series. With 12 7″s of some the best crust, d-beat, powerviolence, grind,Oi!, and even some folk punk; your ears will sure to never find themselves bored with this eclectic mix of all things punk.
When music really affects you on an emotional level, you tend to hold on to that music. You keep it with you wherever you may go and, after listening to it, you are left with an element of surprise despite the constant listens you may have given this single piece of music. When this happens, when I fall head-over-heels for music, it is usually after several listens to the piece and not an instantaneous effect. Continue reading »
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.
Release Date: September 23rd, 2013
Favorite Track: “Nail Through The Immortal Hand”
For Fans Of: Coffins, Mammoth Grinder, Hatred Surge