Category Archives: Extreme Metal

Exclusive Interview: ENABLER’S Jeff Lohrber

Enabler has since their formation in 2009 gained a sizable following by releasing a plethora of LPs, EPs, and splits showcasing their potent combo of punk,hardcore,thrash,grind, and crust. Following up on their critically acclaimed 2012 LP All Hail The Void, released on Southern Lord Records, will be La Fin Absolue Du Monde, a rawer ,even more intense exercise in brutality than anything else in Enabler’s discography.

Singer/guitarist/main songwriter Jeff Lohrber was kind enough to sit down with me for an interview via email. Read on after the break.

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New York’s underground metal queen, Karyn Crisis (Crisis, etc), has announced a new solo project that has been dubbed Gospel of the Witches. The new work will feature 13 tracks and is currently in the pre-production stages. Tracking for the effort will begin in June with producer Jamie King (Between the Buried and Me, etc). Gospel of the Witches will feature an impressive lineup that includes Danny Walker (Intronaut), Davide Tiso (Ephel Duath), and Ross Dolan (Immolation). Crisis had the following to say on the upcoming effort:

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BORIS Announce New Album “Noise”, Stream New Track

Japan’s prolific rockers, Boris, have announced the release of their 19th full length album. The album will be entitled Noise and will be released through Sargent House on June 17th.  Pre-orders for the effort can be obtained at this location. Pitchfork has also premiered a pummeling new cut from the album, “Quicksilver”, which can be streamed after the break. Below you will also find the album’s artwork, track listing, and the band’s tour dates in support of the album.

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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

Exclusive Interview: EPISTASIS’ Amy Mills

It’s seems as if New York has become (or perhaps always has been) a breeding ground for forward-thinking, experimental forms of heavy music. Only four months into 2014 and the state has given birth to riveting releases from the likes of Pyrrhon, White Suns, and Epistasis. The latter of which is the focus here. Epistasis’ unique blend of scathing black metal, technical riffing, and general avant-weirdness deserves to be taken note of. While only six tracks long, Epistasis’ Light Through Dead Glass is probably one of the more interesting releases you will hear this year. This is not a band you want to sleep on.

American Aftermath got a chance to speak to vocalist and trumpeter, Amy Mills, about the new EP and the band’s beginnings and evolution. 

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Review: PYRRHON – “The Mother Of Virtues”

The Mother of Virtues cover art

There is very little you can do to prepare yourself for the disorienting madness that is Pyrrhon. You could study the technical death and experimental metal greats for hours on end, but you may still find yourself at a loss for words. The New York experimental metal quartet have unleashed an utterly polarizing, 54 minute behemoth that is sure to perplex and mesmerize those who allow it to enter their ear canals.  The Mother of Virtues is proof that there are still boundaries to be pushed and areas left to explore in metal.

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TAURUS Streaming New Track “Increase Aloneness”

Portland experimental duo Taurus have unleashed a new track from their forthcoming album, No/Thing, over at The AV Club. The new track is the 13 minute “Increase Aloneness”, which plays upon multi-layered drone and psychedelic, crushing riffing to get its point across. You can stream the new mantra at The AV Club and pre-order the album at this location.

No/Thing will be self-released by the band next Tuesday, April 1st.

EPISTASIS Streaming New EP “Light Through Dead Glass”

New York experimental metal outfit, Epistasis, are currently streaming their forthcoming EP, Light Through Dead Glass, at Noisey. The EP will officially be released next Tuesday, April 1st, via Crucial Blast. But you don’t want to procrastinate on these six mind-boggling tracks. Head over to Noisey to stream it now. If you live in the Brooklyn area, be sure to check out their record release show on April 6th with Kayo Dot, Pyrrhon, and White Suns.

PYRRHON Streaming New Album “The Mother Of Virtues”

The Brooklyn purveyors of mentally-deranged metal, Pyrrhon, are currently streaming their forthcoming album, The Mother of Virtues, over at Pitchfork.  The album will be officially released on March 31st in the UK and April 1st in the U.S. via Relapse.  You can still pre-order your copy  at this location. Head over to Pitchfork to stream the psychotic opus.

THE BODY Streaming New Album “I Shall Die Here”

Nihilistic doom duo, The Body, are currently streaming their forthcoming full length I Shall Die Here over at Pitchfork now. The album was a collaboration of sorts with producer Bobby Krlic, who is known for his work with The Haxan Cloak. The album will be released on March 31st in the UK and April 1st in the U.S. via RVNG Intl. Head over to Pitchfork to have your life destroyed.

ENABLER: Second Full Length To See Spring Release; New Spring/Summer Tour Dates Announced

Milwaukee based hardcore/crust/thrash/grind/whatever unit Enabler will see the release of their second full length, La Fin Absolue Du Monde this spring. Set to hit stores in vinyl and CD versions this May 27, just one day after their debut appearance at Maryland Deathfest. A collaborative effort between San Francisco based Creator-Destructor Records and NYC-area-based The Compound, the label arm of media/PR outfit The Earsplit Compound, La Fin Absolue Du Monde, (“the absolute end of the world” in French) , comes hot on the heels of  Shift of Redemption and Flies , the two EPs the band released in 2013.

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Review: EPISTASIS – “Light Through Dead Glass”

epistasisEpistasis is a New York City experimental metal quartet that aim to make their music as confrontational, polarizing, and plain unsettling as possible. Light Through Dead Glass is the band’s new six track EP and the second release from this fairly new act. Epistasis combine elements of black metal, technical metal, noise, classical and others into a malevolent stew that is unfit for human consumption. But you would be wise to taste this psychotic concoction, because it is far too good to pass up. For the next 27 minutes, you belong to Epistasis.

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CARA NEIR Streaming New EP: “The Overwatch”

Cara Neir OverwathcCara Neir are one of my favorite black metal acts of the last few years and not just because I’m friends with the guys. I love their music and how consistently they release albums. The band released their third full-length album last year titled Portals To a Better, Dead World and now the band has unleashed a new EP called The Overwatch. Coming in with seven tracks of hatred and despair, Cara Neir have once again totally destroyed. Check out a stream of the new EP and download it after the jump!       Continue reading

PYRRHON Streaming New Track “Invisible Injury”

Noisey have premiered a new track from NYC psychotic metal act Pyrrhon’s forthcoming album, The Mother of Virtues, which is due out on March 28th (Germany/Benelux/Finland), March 31st (UK/Word) and April 1st (North America). The new track is the seven minute “Invisible Injury” and it is filled to the brim with all of the mangled, Gorgutsian riffs you can handle. Head over to Noisey to stream the track now and pre-order your copy of the album here.

Be sure to stream the previously released tracks, “Balkanized” and “The Mother of Virtues”, if you missed them.