The recently renamed Code Orange have released a new track entitled “My World” off of their upcoming sophomore LP, I Am King, in conjunction with the opening of pre-orders for the record as well as announcements for an upcoming Fall tour with direct support from Los Angeles metallic hardcore act Twitching Tongues and indirect support from peers (Soul Search, War Hungry, Nails, Discourse, Axis and Blistered) whose appearances will vary by tour date. Aside from the trimming of denomination, the first two singles released for I Am King so far, the title track along with this most recent number, feature a similar change (in my opinion, for the better), narrowing down the band’s technical metalcore assault for a simpler approach that still retains the band’s experimental edge. Stream “My World” exclusively over at Alternative Press here, peep the poster and details for Code Orange’s upcoming tour below and pre-order I Am King via Deathwish Inc. here. Continue reading
Influential metalcore/mathcore act Drowningman will reform this August for a trio of shows with their Rock and Roll Killing Machine line-up. Vocalist Simon Brody had the following comments on the brief reformation:
“If all goes well we may play a select few shows in the near future, hopefully festivals and bigger shows that make sense, since we don’t all live in the same part of the country.”
You can check out the tour dates after the break as well as a clip of the band’s recent rehearsal session.
It baffles my tiny, insignificant mind that 2014 has completed half of its cycle of torment and despair. Luckily a plethora of good music graced my ears and gave me the strength to make it through another six months of life. The following 10 releases have stuck with me the most during the past six months and keep me hyped for the quality that I assume will grace the remainder of the year. In no particular order, these are my favorite releases of the year so far.
Norwegian mind-distorting technical grind duo Brutal Blues have premiered their forthcoming self-titled EP over at Invisible Oranges. The EP will officially be released on June 17th via Selfmadegod and can be purchased here or here. But please feel free to have your equilibrium raped by rhythmically complex grind from the future at Invisible Oranges now.
Brutal Blues’ forthcoming touring schedule can be seen after the break.
Math metal duo Bowl Ethereal (Loincloth, Breadwinner, Amish Control Tower, etc) have announced the release of a new self-titled 7″. The new effort was mastered by Brad Boatright and will see a release through Southern Lord on July 22nd, limited to 600 copies. Pre-orders are currently available here and here. The 7″ is an expansion of their 2013 Five Minutes EP (which can be downloaded for free here) in which the band add one new song to the mix. It’s six songs in six minutes, ensuring a quick death. You can check out the artwork and track listing after the break.
Remember that awe-inspiring Nirvana tribute album we heard about a while back? We have already heard Thou‘s cover of “Milk It” and now you can hear the whole album in full. The release came out on Friday, which as most of you know was Record Store Day, but if you didn’t have a chance to snag yourself one, the release has made it’s way online.
Who wouldn’t want to hear Nirvana covered by the likes of Thursday, These Arms Are Snakes, Whirr, Daughters and more? Check it out: Continue reading
Since 2010, California’s Seizures have been crafting abrasive hardcore that could quite possibly level cities or, at the least, melt faces. With the release of their second full length, The Sanity Universal, the five piece have become a force to be reckoned with. The album marks a big stylistic jump from their previous efforts, opting for more unyielding chaos and experimentation. They take the blueprints from bands like Botch and Deadguy and mutate it into new forms. Basically, Seizures put the “chaotic” in “chaotic hardcore”.
American Aftermath got a chance to speak with vocalist Cameron Miller and bassist Ian Hodges on the new album, band beginnings, and future plans.
So, I don’t know how no one on American Aftermath posted about this, but a few weeks ago The Dillinger Escape Plan released a new track called “Happiness Is A Smile” which was pressed on a limited edition 7″ and sold only on the bands current tour. Well, the band has been playing the song at every show and they have been filming every performance and it has been wrapped up into a pretty rad live video. Check out the video for “Happiness Is a Smile” after the jump. Continue reading
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.
Well what a fucking tour this one is. The Dillinger Escape Plan, Retox, Trash Talk and (Norway’s) Shining are teaming up for one beast of a tour for the month of April. I mean, holy shit, is that a line-up or what? I’m personally not a fan of Shining (not this one anyway), but the other three are all amazing bands. You can check out the full poster and dates after the jump. Continue reading
Awww. Aren’t those dudes in Meek Is Murder sweethearts? Not only do they release an awesome album in 2013, they follow it up with a FREE holiday EP! That’s right! Three more rad Meek Is Murder songs for your holidaze, collected and titled Infant Worship. The band recorded the songs at the Converse Rubber Tracks’ studio, where they had some free recording time. The EP was recorded and mixed in a single day.
So, let’s kick this shit! You can stream and download the EP after the jump as well as check out a video from the sweeties themselves. Continue reading
Regrettably, I have only posted about The Armed once on here, but I do love this band. Vicious, spastic grindcore with an Atrocitus-sized level of raging anger. If you’re new to The Armed, you can get completely caught up over on their Bandcamp page, but what I want to really talk about is the new split the dudes just released with Tharsis They. This is mad shit right here, kids.
Where The Armed assault you with their mathcore elements, Tharsis They are more straight forward vicious hardcore. The pairing of the two is something of dreams. Seriously. You can stream and download the split below. Give yourself over to it. Continue reading
Excuse me, but how would you like your brain demolished this evening? Well, Seizures prefers to deep-fry the brain in abrasive song structures, beat it to a paste with the finest riffs that chaotic hardcore can buy, and served with a side of experimentation. Cheesy restaurant metaphors aside, that is the gist of what California’s hardcore quintet Seizures has to offer. The Sanity Universal is the group’s sophomore album and follow up to 2011′s Antipathy. Antipathy was a good album, but nothing that really enthralled me personally. The Sanity Universal is an entirely different story. I do not know what happened or who lost their mind during the years between the two albums but this record is absolutely viscous. There are a number of “chaotic hardcore”/”metallic hardcore” bands that are derived from the sounds of Botch and Converge but Seizures are shaping up to be an entirely new beast. Prepare your body because the next hour you belong Seizures and you are not going to escape without a few bruises.
The Irish instrumental spastic grind duo I’ll Eat Your Face have released their final EP for free download over at their Bandcamp. The EP is entitled The Life and Work of Jean Vauvais and features three tracks of brain melting grindcore. You can stream the band’s final work after the break. Be sure to check out their past releases on their Bandcamp as well. They are well worth your time.
Lambgoat have premiered a new track from Meek is Murder’s forthcoming album Everything is Awesome Nothing Matters, which is due out on October 22nd. The forty-nine second grinding tune is entitled “Ashes & Glass” and is sure to hit you where it hurts, presumably your genitalia. As an added bonus, Gear Gods have an exclusive video of the band tracking the song for your viewing pleasure. So follow the links and check them out.