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.
One of my favorite record labels in hardcore and metal music today is Deathwish Inc. (home of Deafheaven, Converge, Code Orange Kids, Modern Life Is War, Punch and many more). And over the past few days they’ve been teasing and counting down to a major announcement of some kind. None of us knew what it was, many assumed it could be an album release of some sort but the label dropped no hints until the announcement came today in the form of the picture you see above you.
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.
Iron Reagan, the Municipal Waste side project, has announced a group of tours alongside the bands Occultist and Ghoul coming up this April. Any one of these shows will surely destroy every braincell you have left. So if you’re in the area, go out and see the spectacle. Check out the dates after the jump. Continue reading →
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.
The self-titled debut LP from Portland’s Transient is well on it’s way (September 10th) and the outfit is gaining more hype with the release of new track “Positivism”. The song is one big kick in the gut that hints at death metal and crust throughout. You can stream the track right now over at Pitchfork and check out the previously released “False Philanthropy” while you are at it.
Dead in the Dirt’s new album The Blind Hole is officially out now and Invisible Oranges have got an exclusive stream of this grinding monstrosity. If you like your grindcore fast, dissonant, noisy and malevolent, then Dead in the Dirt have your favorite album of the year right here. Stream it now god damn it!
Georgia’s Dead in the Dirt have released premiered another new track from their pulverizing new record The Blind Hole, over at Metal Hammer. The track just so happens to be one of my favorites from the record, “No Chain”; a song that will rip the throat from you. Head over to Metal Hammer to check out this little caustic ditty and continue reading to peep Dead in the Dirt’s upcoming touring schedules.
After two crushing EP’s, it’s high time that Dead in the Dirt deliver a full length record unto us. Well, the Atlanta bastard trio of all things crust and chaos certainly deliver on The Blind Hole. With twenty-two tracks clocking in at just under twenty-four minutes, The Blind Hole is a short but sweet excursion down a demented grindcore path riddled with riddled with the decaying remains of listeners’ sanities.
Making lists always makes my head hurt and this year’s massive inventory of beautiful releases isn’t making that any easier. With my “to-check-out” list filled to the brim, I have to say that I took a bit more relaxed stance to music discovery this year and enjoyed select releases over extremely long durations of listen rather than hunt down and chronicle as many good albums as I could. The albums in the list below here are those releases. Give them a thorough listen before the end of the year if you can. Continue reading →
Last year, Antigama left me salivating at the mouth with their brief but sweet Stop the Chaos EP. After the previous three year silence, those six songs on that EP packed enough punch to rekindle my initial fondness for the band’s intense, complex grindcore stylings. The Polish grindcore squadron has returned again this year with the follow up to Stop the Chaos, the ever blistering Meteor. Though only a half hour, these eleven new tracks further prove that Antigama are on the cutting edge of grind.
In contrast to the razor sharp, thirty seconds of “The Blaring Eye”, Dead in the Dirt’s new track “The Pit of Me” is two minutes of caustic, dissonant sludge that is pretty terrifying in the best way possible. Follow the link above to Pitchfork to stream the new track and peep Dead in the Dirt’s upcoming tour dates below.
With a brash and ignorant name like Killing Thing and an equally ridiculous genre description such as “Pittsburgh Heavy Shit”, you’d probably expect in this current musical climate, no less than layers and endless layers of formless breakdowns pitched through some POD guitar sample tones and programmed drums. In this case though, you’d be wrong. Underneath the self-embodied, well executed pit riffment spirit of the Pittsburgh five piece known as Killing Thing are a huge array of technical qualities, groove and definite compositional know-how, that all together only seethes ignorance superficially.Continue reading →
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