Salt Lake City, UT project Team Dead have released their stellar debut EP, titled Whale Bones and Tin Foil, today (April 21). Featuring guitarist Chris Clement (ex-Gaza, Bird Eater, Day of Less, Pilot This Plane Down), the band offer up a jarring maelstrom of sludge-infused hardcore/mathcore, combining dissonant tones and angular guitar work with super heavy rhythms and bleak vibes. In this American Aftermath interview, Clement discusses Team Dead’s inception, the making of Whale Bones and Tin Foil, the EP’s stunning artwork and more. Continue reading →
Criminally underrated yet undeniably influential, Philadelphia’s metal legends Starkweather have maintained a quiet pulse within the community. While releases have been infrequent over the years, each one has pushed the envelope further and tested the boundaries of heavy music. But it looks as if the collective will emerge from their “hibernation” with a slew of new releases that will undoubtedly further solidify their place as some of metal’s most forward-thinkers. First, Translation Loss will unleash a remastered double-disc package containing the group’s first two releases, Crossbearer and Into the Wire. These two releases have made huge impacts on a number of bands, most notably Converge. On April 21, the release will be available to long-time fans and will hopefully grab the attention of potential new ones. Second, Starkweather have announced plans to release not one, but two new full-lengths. These albums will follow their 2010 full-length This Sheltering Night and their 2013 split with Overmars. American Aftermath was able to track down frontman Rennie Resmini to gain a little bit more insight into the upcoming remaster and new albums, as well as the inner workings of the band itself.
Today (March 3), Dallas, TX quintet Kaliya release their new self-titled record, following years of on-and-off activity. The album was recorded by Garry Brents (Cara Neir) and mastered by Proscriptor of Absu, and showcases the band’s dark and intense grind-infused, Swedish death metal influenced sound. In this interview with American Aftermath, guitarists Ben Cooper and Thomas Booe discuss the album and how it represents a new beginning for Kaliya, as well as how the band has evolved over the years, their Scandinavian influences and more. Continue reading →
Lifeless are a band out of New Jersey specializing in bleak, heavy as shit, memorable metallic hardcore. I first heard of the band through a b9 hate thread criticizing their excessively violent shows and fans. Being a fan of ignorant shit live and on record, I knew instantly that they were going to be at best, one of my favorite bands and at worst, at least an enjoyable listen. They quickly settled into the former category and I finally had the chance to see them live at last year’s This Is Hardcore Festival wherein news was ruminating of a new LP. That LP, DREAM, is now in sight, set for the release date of March 24th on Fast Break! Records. I had the chance to speak with frontman Jeremy Tingle about the new record, DIY tour horror stories, chilling with Fury Of Five, the time rumors spread that Jeremy had been beaten to death with his own torn off leg, our mutual interests in DOOM and The X-Files and lots more. Check it all out along with an exclusive premiere of the band’s new single “Surrender” below, follow Lifeless on Facebook here and pre-order DREAM via Fast Break! Records here.
Toronto, ON’s Six of Swords are set to release their debut EP, Polar Vortex, on February 23 through Sorrow Carrier Records. It’s an exceptionally solid release, anchored with brutality, harsh intensity and bleak atmosphere, showcasing the band’s take on modern death metal, which fuses their classic influences with elements of doom, sludge and hardcore. Guitarist Steve Parkhill and vocalist Josh Gordon recently caught up with American Aftermath to discuss the EP and how Six of Swords have evolved over the past few years, as well as the impact of having straightedge members in the band, and more. Continue reading →
Canadians Merdarahta, featuring Fuck The Facts’ Topon Das and Melanie Mongeon, recently released their new album, As The Dark Clouds Swept Away We Could See The Sunset, on January 20. The band also features members of The Sun Through A Telescope, Mekhaya and others, and combines experimental ambient noise with doom and drone. In an interview with American Aftermath, Das discussed how Merdarahta came to be and how much of a departure it is from Fuck The Facts, as well as the writing process for As The Dark Clouds Swept Away We Could See The Sunset, the theme behind the album and more. Continue reading →
SPINE are a hardcore group based out of Kansas City, MO and Chicago, IL, consisting of current and former members of Weekend Nachos, Harm’s Way, SorryXExcuse, Blindside USA, Kicked In, Last Laugh and Keef Mountain. Despite maintaining a part-time status, the group have managed to enjoy a rich career since their debut in 2011. They’ve carved out a viable live reputation, released a split with legendary Chicago maniacs The Repos, have entered the lexicon of contemporary musician/stand-up comedians and have been part of plans by Mikhail Gorbachev to be sent to the moon. With the recent release of their debut LP, Time Has Gone, I had the opportunity to talk with their lead vocalist, Antonio Marquez about all of the above in addition to quips about the record, arm-wrestling with Zero Progress (R.I.P.) Matt “The Champ” Saincome, acting, socks, Pepsi, gwapes, communism, making the best of lyrical content and barbecue.
See You When I See You, the new EP from New Hampshire’s Youth Funeral, is arguably one of the new year’s first great releases. In a mere 11 minutes, See You When I See You devastates everything around it. Complex, feverish bouts of instrumentation are woven together with emotionally-charged vocals to create memorable tracks that are challenging, heavy, immediate, melodic and melancholic. The songs echo that of Orchid, Pg.99 and the rest of the screamo archetypes, but rearrange it just enough to make it their own. American Aftermath recently caught up with Youth Funeral guitarist and vocalist Casey Nealon to answer a few questions regarding the new release.
Warsawwasraw‘s debut full length, Sensitizer, came seemingly out of nowhere this year. I was not aware of the French duo’s existence until Three One G label head Justin Pearson (of The Locust/Retox) shared their track “Hollowcost” on various social media outlets. As if the whole “chaotic hardcore” genre couldn’t get more…chaotic. The instrumentation is fast and intense beyond measure. The drumming is furious and bludgeoning. The guitars churn out riffs that are extremely complex, noisy and vicious. Sensitizer is a whirlwind of auditory insanity that aims to distance itself from being just another album that simply echoes the work of Botch or Converge. In short, the album is a good kick in the ass. I recently got in touch with the two masterminds behind Warsawwasraw to discuss the album and more.
As the year draws to a close, music journalists and bloggers reflect upon what was released in order to construct their year-end “Best Of” lists. It can sometimes be quite a daunting task putting these silly little lists together. “Did I forget anything?” “Well, this album should be placed at number 10 and this one at 15.” “I’ve been staring at the same computer screen for three hours; my life is in shambles.” But luckily, there are certain releases that were so good that it makes the process a little easier. So good, that you just can’t not forget to mention them. For me, one of those albums is Wreck and Reference‘s Want. The bleak, experimental noise/ambient duo’s sophomore full length is unsettling and memorable in the all the right ways. American Aftermath recently caught up with the two musical architects Ignat Frege and Felix Skinner to talk a little bit about the record, the band’s sound and origins, pasta and sadness.