Interview: GREAT FALLS

At the end of October, Seattle noise makers Great Falls will unleash their bleak and blistering opus, The Fever Shed. The Washington trio craft a cacophonous, suffocating and destructive sound that is fully actualized on this forthcoming full-length. The instrumentation is uproarious and dissonant, and when combined with maddened vocals, creates a claustrophobic atmosphere of which there is no escape. It is arguably one of the more intense releases to be heard in 2015. American Aftermath recently caught up with the group to discuss the new record, future plans and more. 

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Interview: Get To Know Andrew Lima of I AMONG YOU

A while back I got in contact with a dude named Andrew Lima to acquire a cover song for a compilation I was putting together. The guy was really awesome and he gladly gave me a song to use. His cover was Nirvana‘s “Negative Creep” and since then I have called him friend. He’s given us many amazing new covers and now, as he preps his sophomore album, I bring you his first ever interview. Continue on to learn the world that Andrew Lima resides in. Continue reading

Exclusive Interview: OF FEATHER AND BONE

Denver’s Of Feather And Bone are set to unleash their crushing debut full-length, Embrace the Wretched Flesh tomorrow (September 18) via Good Fight Music. Rooted in hardcore and combining different elements of crust, grind and death metal, the trio have crafted an exceedingly dark and gritty set of discordant tracks that are filled with despair and visceral aggression. In this recent interview with American Aftermath, vocalist/bassist Alvino Salcedo discussed Embrace the Wretched Flesh and working with Andy Patterson (Cult Leader, Call of the Void, SubRosa), as well as the record’s lyrical approach, the camaraderie within the flourishing Denver metal scene and more.
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Somewhere between Through Silver in Blood-era Neurosis and the most cerebral of Godflesh‘s material lies the sound that Lament Cityscape possesses. This Oakland-based duo released an album of apocalyptic proportions by the name of The Torn just a few short weeks ago. The record is immense and powerful. Behemoth, down-tuned guitars collide with thunderous percussion for maximum sonic abuse. But darkness is often met with light as shimmering melodies, although somber in their expression, entangle themselves in the mechanical inner-workings of these industrialized opuses. This group has crafted, arguably, one of the more enthralling albums of the year. American Aftermath recently caught up with Lament Cityscape head honcho, Mike McClatchey, to discuss the new record, future plans and the inevitable VHS version of the album. 

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Exclusive Interview: GRIME

Grime - Paolo Podzinkova

Last week (September 1), Italian sludge quartet Grime released their new LP, Circle of Molesters, through Argento Records. The album marks the first release for the label and is the band’s second full-length, following 2013’s crushing Deteriorate. The new release captures a more mature take on Grime’s corrosive, groove-filled sludge sound that is exceptionally gritty, bleak and depressive. American Aftermath recently caught up with vocalist/guitarist Marco Matta to discuss Circle of Molesters and how adding another guitarist has had an impact on the band, as well as the record’s disturbing artwork, perverse themes and more. Continue reading

Exclusive Interview: LOCRIAN

Our effect on the Earth has been, undoubtedly, a damaging one, and our actions will bring about our own destruction. These painful facts are what drive Locrian’s newest record, Infinite Dissolution.  The Chicago/Baltimore-based experimentalists’ follow-up to the well-received Return to Annihilation, forces the listener to confront the harsh realities of our planet’s current state through its poignant lyricism and expansive soundscapes. The record is one of the more thought-provoking and forward-thinking releases of the year. American Aftermath caught up with the band to discuss the new album and the inevitable end of our species. 

[photo by Jimmy Hubbard]

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Interview – SUNROT


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.   

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Exclusive Interview: TIDEMOUTH’s Ryan Corbett

The evolution of Tidemouth has been staggering, to say the least. The California quartet came into existence in 2008 and crafted an erratic, violent form of screamo. Fast-forward seven years later and the band have altered their sound in a surprising way that yields positive results. A screamo heart can still be found within this vessel of theirs, but the outer shell is now more in-line with goth and apocalyptic post-punk. It seems that with their new full-length, Velvet and Stone, Tidemouth have found their niche. American Aftermath recently caught up with guitarist Ryan Corbett do discuss the new album, the band’s beginnings and what’s to come. 

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Black Table New Album Trailer/Interview.

obelisk NY/NJ Experimental metal band Black Table turned a lot of heads with the release of their first EP Sentinel in 2012. However, they have been seemingly dormant for nearly two years, after finishing up their last round of shows – a full US tour with Germany’s Downfall of Gaia, in fall of 2013.  Despite outward appearances the group remained active, meticulously crafting a debut full length record intense and jagged enough to saw through your bones. The forthcoming work, entitled Obelisk is a testament to their painstaking attention to detail and ability to craft complex and dynamic sonic textures that few other bands are capable of. Today, they have released their first teaser for the album, in the form of a two minute long video featuring an excerpt of the track Cromagnon.  We were fortunate to speak with vocalist and guitarist Mers Sumida about Obelisk, and the making of the video, which can be viewed here:

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Exclusive Interview: BLEAK

Bleak art by Bobby Gorham

Syracuse, NY’s Bleak are set to release their debut full-length, We Deserve Our Failures, shortly through Hex Records. The album takes their violently heavy, despondent sound to a darker, more aggressive level and captures the chaotic, visceral fury that encompasses their brand of sludge-infused metallic hardcore. In this recent American Aftermath interview, the members of Bleak discuss We Deserve Our Failures, the band’s inception, their eluding sound and more. Continue reading

Interview: A Masterclass on Grind, Noise, and Mysticism with NY’s Yesod


New York grind outfit Yesod is equal parts smart and scathing in their approach to heaviness. Their debut effort Divine Coma was released earlier this year and tears through seven tracks of vicious, gritty grindcore followed by a half hour of noise and abstraction over the course of its five additional offerings. We spoke with bassist/vocalist Tony about the band’s inception, mysticism, magic, and the themes of Divine Coma. Listen to the record here:

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Exclusive: EVERYTHING WENT BLACK’s Brandon Hoffman Interview + Song Premiere

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Alright, kiddos. You know I love my hardcore. There are tens of thousands of bands out there who play the genre and play it well, but one of my favorites has the dude I interviewed standing out front. Everything Went Black are a punishing, thundering band out of St. Louis and their music makes me want to bash faces into walls. In this interview, we talked about EWB‘s new EP Night Terrors, horror movies and a lot of real talk. Oh yeah, we are also premiering a new track off of Night Terrors! So check all of that out after the jump. Continue reading

Interview: Corpse Light

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Artwork for Corpse Light’s ‘Without Form’ EP.


Baltimore, MD’s Corpse Light have just released their latest EP Without Form.  It is a dynamic set of songs that unfurls in an array of sonic textures over the course of about 30 minutes.  It drones, swirls, crashes, and cascades in equal measure, gifting the listener with both primal heaviness and intelligent complexity.  We were fortunate to be able to speak with Aurora and Larry from the band regarding the history of Corpse Light, and the process of making the EP, which you can listen to below.


How did Corpse Light come together, can we get a little history of the band up to this point?
Aurora: I’d originally placed an ad on Craigslist listing every obnoxiously obscure drone-y,
spaced out doom band I could think of as influences, believing that no one would bite. It felt
pretty significant to me that I was shortly thereafter contacted by Jim, who was at the time
playing in another band with Keiran and our former drummer Alex. We met up to see where
things might go, ended up clicking really well and formed our first incarnation, Ophidian, in late
2011; our name changed a couple of years later after we learned that there a number of other
similarly named bands, including a high-grossing musician out of the UK whose name popped up
everywhere on searches. Larry came in to replace Alex in spring of 2014, and after a work injury
left Jim unable to play guitar, Don joined us in late 2014.

Larry: I first saw the band as Ophidian back in late 2013. I was quite impressed with the sense of
atmosphere they created. A few months later I saw a Facebook post about how they needed a
drummer and we set up a jam session. A lot of stuff pretty much clicked immediately. I feel very
free to be myself as a musician with Aurora, Don, Keiran and Jim. I became an “official” member
of the band in May of 2014 and so far it has been quite a great year.

Corpse Light draw influences from all over the heavy music map, with little flourishes of
post-metal, crust, doom, sludge and stoner metal, but no one clear genre pigeonhole. Is this
purposeful or just a natural manifestation of combining the members’ individual
songwriting approaches and inclinations?

Aurora: I don’t think much of our sound is purposeful in the sense of being contrived; song-
writing has always been a really organic process for us, involving each of us in different ways at
different times, and I think the varied influences come through because of that. I really like that
you can’t pin us down in one genre – if there is any intention in my own approach to song writing,
it’s to prevent being stuck in one specific sound or direction. My biggest musical influences are
Neurosis, Bauhaus, and Cop Shoot Cop and I love being in a band where there is space to draw
on any/all of what moves me.

Larry: I am definitely a fan of all the genres that you have mentioned but what inspires me to be
involved is the vast array of influences as a unit and that is not always necessarily something
considered “heavy”. We always have conversations about new records, upcoming shows, etc. Our
tastes do not always agree but there is a ton of territory that we do agree upon. Neurosis is a band
that gets mentioned quite a bit. I cannot speak for everyone but they are a huge source of
inspiration for me. Chelsea Wolfe, King Woman, Terra Tenebrosa, Cult of Luna, Youth Code and
many other things heavy on the atmosphere are getting listens from me currently. I would say the
end result for me is very purposeful. It starts naturally and I try to capture that in a focused
manner. A few of these songs were already written when I joined the band and it took quite a bit
of thought to find where I really wanted to go.

Without Form comes across as a cohesive set of songs despite covering a lot of ground
sonically.  Is there one main theme, musically/lyrically governing the songs on this EP?

Aurora: Corpse Light refers to the energy/light/spirit/whatever you want to call that which
emanates from bodies after death; I feel like that concept is found a lot in our music, both
thematically and energetically.

I feel like every band has some specific set of environmental factors that help shape their
sound and aesthetic; for some its a strong sense of place, where a rural or urban setting can
make its presence felt in the stylistic elements of the music, for example. For Corpse Light,
is that a thing? If so, how does your home setting manifest itself in the music?

Aurora:  I feel like my internal environment informs my writing more than my external

Larry: I am an hour away from the Baltimore/DC area. I think growing up in a small town where
there is not a lot to do, music became everything to me. I have spent countless hours absorbing
records and finding things about them that inspire me. I am drawn to pretty simplistic, textural,
melodic music and I feel that is definitely apparent as an influence.

You recorded the EP with Noel from Grimoire Records, and they are also releasing the
album on cassette/cd, correct?  How did that come to be, and what was the process like?

Aurora: We’d had a couple of failed recording attempts in the past and were feeling pretty down
on the idea of having someone else come in and mess with our sound, but working with Noel has
been a pleasure. He came into our space and let us do our thing rather than falsely orchestrating
separate and disconnected performances; I feel like he managed to bring out each of our subtleties
while still maintaining the overall integrity of the music. I’m stoked to have our music on CD,
though we’re also really hoping to find someone to help us put Without Form out on vinyl…

Larry: Yes. The record is available on cassette, cd and you can download it as well. I would say
working with Noel is pretty much the ideal situation if you are a working musician. It was so easy
going and comfortable. I recorded my drums at home; it does not get any more comfortable than
that. I have never been so pleased with a drum sound. The production overall is just top notch.
Very crisp and lively sounding. I would work with him again without hesitation.

What are your plans for this release; is it a prologue to a full length release in the near
future?  Are there any tours in the works?

Larry: Personally, I think we all would like to see the record released on vinyl. It would be cool to
get a variety of formats covered. We have started working on new ideas and it is really hard to
say exactly where that is gonna go. A tour would be great but nothing is currently set up. We do
have some really cool shows coming up though.

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Corpse Light performing at The Sidebar in Baltimore, MD March 2015. Photo by Travis Hunt.

Wednesday, June 3rd 2015
Corpse Light, Asthma Castle, Jucifer
Metro Gallery Baltimore, MD

Friday, June 12th 2015
Heavy Temple, Stones Throw, Corpse Light, Oak
Del-Mar Inn Hagerstown, MD

Saturday, June 13th 2015
Horehound, CANT, Corpse Light, Oak
The Smiling Moose Pittsburgh, PA

Friday, July 17th 2015
Ratscape featuring Curse, Elagabalus, Corpse Light and many others
Hour Haus Baltimore, MD

The Baltimore/DC area (if I may lump them into one scene) seems to have some great heavy
bands active at the moment.  What’s your perspective on shows there, and what are some
highlights in the area for you guys, band/show wise?

Larry: The shows in the Baltimore/DC area always feel really great. I am lucky enough to have
many friends in the area who are passionate about their work. The biggest highlight so far would
be putting out a record. Noel and Phil at Grimoire Records are truly unique in their approach to
releasing music. We are a part of a really cool roster of bands including Dweller in the Valley,
RHIN, Foehammer and Dendritic Arbor to just name a few. The Mid-Atlantic in general has great
energy right now.

Aurora: I’m really proud to be part of the Baltimore scene – there is almost always something, if
not several somethings, going on at one of many venues on any day of the week.

Thank you to Larry and Aurora for their time. Corpse Light’s new EP Without Form is out
now via Grimoire Records and is available for purchase at: