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 →
A few weeks ago I premiered a new Mumakil track here and now the band is streaming another over on our illegitimate brother site CVLT Nation. Both of these tracks are only the beginning of the sheer awesomeness that is Mumakil‘s new album Flies Will Starve. Trust me, you don’t want to pass this album up.
Sometime in between the release of the two new tracks, Mumakil released a new music video for their song “Death From Below” that somehow got skipped over here on American Aftermath. You can stream that below and then go check out “War Therapist” over on CVLT Nation. Continue reading →
Full Of Hell have recently debuted the video for the song “The Lord Is My Light”, off of their recently released sophomore LP, Rudiments of Mutilation, out now on A389 Recordings. The corrosive experimental two-toned video comes directed by Lukas Hodge, who also directed the group’s previous video for the track “Fox Womb”, and depicts a hooded individual plastered with projections of slice of life moments whilst in the midst of a suicide attempt.
Stream the ghoulish video as well as Rudiments Of Mutilation in full below and be sure to catch Full of Hell on their remaining tour dates with Seven Sisters of Sleep as well as on their upcoming European trek with Circle Takes The Square and Code Orange Kids, details also below. Continue reading →
Chicago, IL caustic powerviolence outfit Sea Of Shit have announced plans for an upcoming Summer tour with Dekalb, IL grindcore allies, Sick/Tired. Check out the full tour circuit details as well as streams of Sick/Tired’s recently Cowabunga Records released LP, King Of Dirt(order here), and Sea Of Shit’s devastating 2011 self-titled EP, all below. Follow Sea Of Shit’s blog here for tour updates. Continue reading →
The Swiss grinders Mumakil have released the dirty details on their upcoming record, Flies Will Starve. The upcoming effort will boast twenty-four short bursts of mutilating grindcore and will be released through Relapse Records on June 21st in Germany, Benelux, and Finland. The UK and abroad will see a release while the US will receive the record on June 25th. Pre-orders for the album are currently being offered at this location. Below you will find the official track listing as well as the album’s official trailer.
The Atlanta based crusty grindcore trio of Dead in the Dirt are currently working on their debut full length as we speak. The band have wrapped up the writing process and will now travel to Bricktop Recording Studio in Chicago to record with Andy Nelson. The new record will reportedly be titled The Blind Hole and will follow two EP’s, Vold and Fear. The record should see a release through Southern Lord later this year. The band will also be embarking on a Southeast U.S. tour this may and the dates can be viewed below. As an added bonus, stream the band’s first two EP’s below as well.
Pittsburgh grinding hardcore purveyors, Complete Failure, are back to their old blasphemous tricks again on their new record. The Art Gospel of Aggravated Assault took three years to fine tune and fully harnesses all of that hellacious anger that Complete Failure purveys with great pride. This ten track record makes for a vile twenty-two minutes that most of you hardcore punks will enjoy.
Italy’s premiere blackened hardcore band, The Secret, have partnered with Scion A/V to bring you a new music video for their song “Seven Billion Graves” from their most recent effort, Agnus Dei. The grainy, black and white video shows frame after frame of bleak landscapes and the ruins of civilizations of the past. The video is just as dark and depressing as the band’s music so it’s safe to say it’s a perfect fit. You can view the video at Invisible Oranges or feel free to check it out below.
I think it’s safe to say that all of us here at American Aftermath like to jam a little Nails every now and then. It’s also safe to say that all of us here are anxious to hear their second LP, Abandon All Life, which comes out on March 19th via Southern Lord. Well it looks like the Pitchfork crew are teasing us with the first song to be released from the upcoming record, “God’s Cold Hands”. This three minute song is just massive sounding and is full of that crushing, noisy D-beat haberdashery that we come to know and love about this kind of music. Check out the killer track now and peep the album’s track listing and their upcoming Spring tour dates with Xibalba and Early Graves below!
“We have such sights to show you!” – Hellraiser, 1987
Welcome to the ninth edition of Cryptic Passages, a weekly column in which I, Eric Nguyen, will be presenting for your torture, some of the most brutal, unrelenting, and hate drenched pieces of audio I’ve found journeying through the misanthropic plains of the internet. Last week, I didn’t have the time to write up a post. And while I promised six passages, only three satanic passages will await you in this week’s cryptic chasm…after the jump for reasons you can read in the title. Continue reading →
I can say, honestly, that I have never heard of Call Of The Void before today. There was one clear indicator that told me I was going to like this band before even hearing them. What was it? They’re on fucking Relapse Records. I am a huge supporter of Relapse Records because a lot of my favorite bands have called that place home over the years. So when I settled down and checked out Call Of The Void, I knew it was going to be killer. Continue reading →