Michael Kadnar is a busy guy. As a musician, he spends his time drumming for NY/NJ experimental metal band Black Table, as well as German post-metal/black/neocrust unit Downfall of Gaia. He also runs a forward thinking boutique record label called Silent Pendulum Records, that already has a short string of solid releases under its belt. I spoke with Mike about balancing the duties of being in several bands on two different continents, pushing a label forward, booking a fest, and about the musical landscape as he sees it. The label’s latest release is a reissue of the s/t record from Australian band Hope Drone:
As if there was any doubt at all, I am here today to inform you that Loma Prieta‘s new record Self Portrait is going to decimate. This band has blown me away for a while now and after listening to their new track “Never Remember,” I’m convinced that this album will be their finest work to date. Check out the new track below and see what’s up. Continue reading
NJ quartet Sunrot identify themselves with the descriptor Compulsive Post Noise Power Sludge. In listening to the songs of the group’s recent split with fellow NJ crust apostles Inertia, I found that description to be weirdly accurate. Sunrot embrace the legacy of bands like Godflesh without being overt worshippers at the altar of typical industrial doom. There is a patina of grit and static overlaying every song, with vocalist Lex’s distorted shouts bringing to mind a lone survivor calling for help over the last functional radio frequency in some post-apocalyptic city. Samples and drones and harsh noise make appearances alongside thick walls of guitars and pounding low end throughout the band’s catalog, but the sound never gives way to the machine rhythms and clockwork precision of an industrial aesthetic. There is something refreshingly organic about Sunrot’s approach to noisy, crusty doom, and so I asked the band some questions about their sound and approach to heaviness.
Crust freaks Black Breath have announced their plans to release their already highly anticipated new record Slaves Beyond Death for a September release. The album will, of course, be released via the bands long-time label Southern Lord and Black Breath will be participating in the label’s East Coast tour alongside Obliterations, Goatsnake and Battalion Of Saints. Check out the track list for Slaves Beyond Death as well as the tour dates below. Continue reading
Pennsylvania hardcore band Sovereign have come out swinging, again, with the re-release of their debut album The World Takes. Originally appearing in September of 2014, this new version finds the band having re-recorded the guitars and fully remixed and remastered what was already an angry, heavy slab of crusty d-beat/hardcore. The re-release is truly a beast, the new mix and master job having pushed the distortion and impact to the limit, further augmenting the atmosphere of rage and urgency that pervades each song. Continue reading
German deathcrust heathens Deathrite will unload the weight of their new album Revelation Of Chaos this weekend and if you can’t wait until then, then I have good news for you. Deathrite are currently streaming the album in its entirety and it is gigantic. I love this band and had really high hopes for Revelation. Well, they didn’t let me down. Check out the full stream below. Continue reading
Crust metal heathens Hellbastard will release their new record Feral and don’t wait to get all up on this. The band is currently streaming a bitchin’ new track titled “Outsider Of The Year.” This track is grooving and groovy-as-fuck. I don’t have a lot of experience with Hellbastard, but this is rad. Check out the new track below and get some. Continue reading
If there is a genre that I love almost as much as hardcore, it’s crust-infused death metal. You know what I mean: D-beat death. There are a ton of bands who do this very well and close to the top of my list is Deathrite. Those dudes fucking cruuuuush. The band will be releasing their Prosthetic debut Revelation Of Chaos next month and they have unloaded a “Circle Of Destruction,” which you can hear below. Get blown away by Deathrite below. Continue reading
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Legendary UK crust/crossover outfit Hellbastard have announced the release of their forthcoming full-length album, Feral. The record was tracked at Hellfire Recording Studios (Slayer, Motörhead, Orange Goblin, Napalm Death etc.) in Derbyshire, engineered, recorded, produced and mixed by Ajeet Gill (Warlock UK, Slab, I Am Colossus, etc) and will be officially unleashed worldwide on July 17th 2015 on CD and digitally via PATAC Records with exclusive distribution by Independent Label Distribution. The first CD pressing will come with an exclusive bonus track and a vinyl pressing of the record is slated to be released in 2016. The album’s artwork and track listing can be found after the break.
Decibel recently premiered the official album trailer and the music video for the three-part, 11-minute opus “We Are Coven” as well. Those can be streamed after the break.
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West Coast quintet Temple of Dagon have premiered a new track from their forthcoming EP, Revelations Of The Spirit, over at CVLT Nation. The new track is titled “Nexus of Reality” and it conjures up thrash-laden, galloping riffs destined to pummel you until the end of time. Vocalist Dwane Burgess offered the following comments regarding the new jam:
“The song is loosely based on the H.P. Lovecraft story, The Colour Out Of Space,…The location has been switched to a swamp. In my version of the story, the main character consumes the infected plant and wildlife. Then while floating in the river his mind begins to drift as the effects of the altered plants and meat take hold. While in a trance-like state, he realizes who he once was, and who he wants to be. It’s about self-reflection,…There are moments in life when we are gifted with absolute clarity. This is one of those moments. As far as the music, we were shooting for a metal punk/crust feel, like Inepsy meets Stormcrow with a hint of Bolt Thrower.”
Check out the track at this location.
Revelations Of The Spirit will be released on June 9 via Black Voodoo Records. Pre-order here. The band’s upcoming touring schedule can be found after the break.
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Californian crust purveyors Temple of Dagon have premiered a new track from their upcoming EP, Revelations of the Spirit, over at Invisible Oranges. The new track is the rumbling, nearly six-minute stampede “The Wandering Spirit”, which will flatten you beneath its grimy hooves. Check out the jam for yourself over at this location.
Revelations of the Spirit will be released on June 9 Black Voodoo Records. The group’s forthcoming touring schedule can be found below.
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West Coast crust outfit Temple of Dagon have announced the release of a new EP that will follow their 2014 debut, Rituals of the Deep. The new EP, titled Revelations of the Spirit, will see the light of day on June 19 via Black Voodoo Records. Tracked and mixed by Alex Estrada (Xibalba, Touche Amore, etc) and mastered by Dan Randall (Cannabis Corpse, Iron Reagan, etc, Revelations of the Spirit will feature four new tracks inspired by ’90’s-era crust, thrash and H.P. Lovecraft’s mythos. The album’s artwork and track listing can be seen after the break along with the band’s forthcoming tour dates and a stream of Rituals of the Deep.
WAKE and Primitive Man, two of the most promising young bands in extreme music are making preparations for their upcoming spring tour which will see them getting the party started right in Denver May 15 and bringing things to a close in St.Louis 5/28. With stops along the way in D.C., with The Body and Water Torture, and in Charm City at MDF with the millions of amazing bands that play that event every year.
This tour will cover both ends of the extreme music spectrum with Primitive Man bringing the slow, crushing, low-end pain with their punishing brand of blackened sludge/doom while WAKE will be providing the SPEEEED!! with the unending power and mania that is their hardcore/grind attack.
Continue after the break for tour dates and tour poster:
Holy shiiiiit! Are you reeeeaaaddddy to stream what will most likely be the heaviest and nastiest thing you will hear today? Well, Disgrace, the southern California-based hardcore horde are currently streaming their new album True Enemy and you’ve gotta check this shit out. The album doesn’t come out for a week, but you’re going to want it after checking out the stream below. Continue reading
If you read American Afterblog, you know that we love Enabler here. The band is sickeningly crusty and loaded with filth and depravity. I love those aspects in our music. Enabler has released a new music video, this time for their track “Live Low.” It’s a fun music video and it’ll get a chuckle out of you as you groove to the groove. Check it out below. Continue reading