Review: FULL OF HELL & MERZBOW – “Full Of Hell & Merzbow”

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Formed in 2009 initially under a far more familiar Crowbar-ian banner, Ocean City, MD audio terrorists Full Of Hell have since grown into one of the most innovative acts in contemporary extreme music, bearing name to a consistent assault of constant reinvention bred from a seemingly unending wealth of existential woe and genre-weaving knowhow. On the live circuit, the quartet have fared similarly, holding their vile live exorcisms to the acclaim of endless punk houses and festival audiences the world over, slaying equally audiences Backtrack to The Body. While 2013’s Rudiments Of Mutilation seemed to serve as the band’s magnum opus and a comfortable defining point for the band’s shifting sound, this year’s Full Of Hell & Merzbow, a chance collaboration with the long-standing noise legend, marks the beginnings of yet another new trajectory into alienation for the initially hardcore-rooted band that proves that there is much hell left to explore. Continue reading

Review: LADDER DEVILS – “Clean Hands”

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Release Date: November 4th
Label: Brutal Panda Records
FFO: Pigs, War Brides

I was first introduced to Ladder Devils way back when they released their three-way split with Fight Amp and Kowloon Walled City. Back then, the band stood out to me, but I was fully invested in the pure awesomeness that is Kowloon. Today though, I cannot stop listening to Ladder Devils and for good reason. Even since the release of the aforementioned split, this band has truly grown and expanded upon their noisy, sludgy sound. The band recently released their new album Clean Hands and I’m here to talk about it. Lets get to it.     Continue reading

LADDER DEVILS Streaming New Album “Clean Hands”

LD-CleanHands-600x600One of my favorite albums of the year comes from noisy rockers Ladder Devils. The bands new album Clean Hands will be released tomorrow and in anticipation, Decibel Magazine is currently streaming the beast in full. I have listened to this album numerous times this week and I am so stoked for the rest of you to hear it. Seriously. It’s great. Click on over after the jump and listen to the masterful slab in full.      Continue reading

THE GREAT SABATINI Debut “Life During Wartime” Video

The Great Sabatini have released the official video for their track “Life During Wartime” off of their most recent creation, Dog Years. The album’s melodic yet sludgy closing track is set to a collection of scenes from the 1993 animated film, “The Thief and the Cobbler”. It may seem random but works pretty well with the song itself. Feel free to check out the video after the break.

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THE CUTTHROATS 9 Announce Western U.S. Tour

Blues-infused noise makers The Cutthroats 9 (Unsane) have announced a string of Western U.S. tour dates in support of their most recent effort, Dissent. The trio will be joined by the likes of ÆGES on all stops on the tour. The touring schedule can be seen after the break along with a stream of the track “Eraser”.

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WIZARD RIFLE Announce New Full Length “Here In The Deadlights”

Portland drugged-out, sludge-ridden math rock outfit Wizard Rifle have revealed the details surrounding their forthcoming sophomore album. The new record, which follows the group’s 2012 debut Speak Loud Say Nothing, is entitled Here In The Deadlights and is  due out on October 28th via Seventh Rule Records. The record was tracked by guitarist Max Dameron and was mixed by Billy Anderson (Sleep, Melvins, etc) and Jesse Johnstone. The album’s artwork and track listing can be seen after the break.

Pre-orders for the record can be placed here. The band’s previous album, Speak Loud Say Nothing, can be streamed after the break.

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TODAY IS THE DAY Streaming New Album “Animal Mother”

Today Is The Day have premiered their forthcoming 10th studio album, Animal Mother, over at Lambgoat. The new album combines the heaviest and strangest of the band’s discography into a 14 track (which also includes a cover of the Melvins‘ “Zodiac”) behemoth of an album. Animal Mother will officially be released next Tuesday, October 14th, and pre-orders are still being offered here. Stream the new album over at Lambgoat now.

 

 

 

LADDER DEVILS Streaming New Track “Nameless, Faceless”

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Philadelphia noise rock outfit Ladder Devils have premiered a new track from their forthcoming album, Clean Hands, over at Lambgoat. The new track is entitled “Nameless, Faceless” and comes across as some kind of hybrid between the noisier, more abrasive moments of Nirvana and the post-hardcore outfit Quicksand. It’s heavy, abrasive and catchy to boot. What more could you want? Head over to Lambgoat to stream the new track now.

Clean Hands will be released on November 4 via Brutal Panda Records. Pre-orders can be placed here or here.

 

 

Exclusive Interview: LAST PLAGUE

Over the six years my band has been part of the Vancouver live circuit, one particular show stands out in my memory. Within thirty seconds of their set, the band onstage at the Patricia Hotel caused total chaos when their vocalist jumped into the crowd. I remember thinking to myself, “Who is this madman?” Not only did the vocalist have the crowd at his whim, the vocal sounds coming out were powerful. Turns out that man was Last Plague’s Heath Fenton. Along with Last Plague, Heath played in the bands Witness Protection Program and Angry. I got a chance to pick Heath’s brain and find out what’s going on these days with Last Plague.

How has the Vancouver changed from your days as an all age musician to the present day?

Heath Fenton (vocals): It has changed a bunch. When I first moved here in 1996 it was the music scene that brought me here. There were a shit load of wicked bands and there was tonnes of support for the scene. All ages shows would sometimes draw in the high hundreds for local shows. Amazing stuff. That’s the main difference. Unfortunately that scene fizzled out shortly after we moved here. For whatever reason. People growing up. Drug addiction was a major factor in it. The scene is healthy now. There are a number of places to play. And so many amazing bands. people really have got to pay more attention to what is going on with heavy music in this town. Another difference is, in the late 1990’s and early 2000’s there was really only a couple of venues that would house heavier type bands. So that has changed. There are at least a dozen right now. And crowd support seems to be coming around again. But nothing like it was in the mid 1990s. Maybe that will change, but I have no idea what the kids are doing these days. And the bar crowd is not getting any younger.heath

What Vancouver venue sticks out in your memory as being fundamental to your show going/playing past?

The venue that stands out the most to me over the years is obviously the old Cobalt. That and the Columbia, which is called 303 now. Both were run by Wendy13, and anything she does pretty much rules for the metal/punk community. When I was in my first real Vancouver band (Human Resistance Program) she ran the Columbia shows and always booked us. We played a shit load of awesome shows there that stand out in my mind. After that place closed then it was onto the Cobalt. I don’t think i need to explain anything about that place and the legendary status it achieved with in the community. It’s just too bad it ended.

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DOOMSDAY STUDENT Streaming New Track “Lifeboat Blues”

Disorienting noise rockers Doomsday Student (Ex-Arab on Radar) have premiered a new track from their forthcoming album, A Walk Through Hysteria Park, over at Impose Magazine. The track is the jarring, disjunctive “Lifeboat Blues”, which sounds as if it could be playing at a demented carnival. Feel free to stream the swirling acid-trip of a song after the break.

A Walk Through Hysteria Park will be released on October 21st through ThreeOneG. Pre-orders for the record can be placed here.

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LADDER DEVILS Announce New Album “Clean Hands”, Stream New Track

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After a series of EP’s and splits with the likes of Fight Amp, Helms Alee and Kowloon Walled City, Philadelphia noise rock quartet Ladder Devils are prepping to release their first proper full length. The new album, entitled Clean Hands, will be released on November 4th via Brutal Panda Records. The first official taste of the record comes in the form of the mid-paced, grungy jam “The Combine”, which can be streamed over at Noisey. The album’s official artwork and track listing can be viewed after the break.

Pre-orders for Clean Hands can be placed here and here.

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RABBITS Debut “So Fake It’s Real” Video

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Portland noise makers Rabbits have premiered the official video for their track “So Fake It’s Real”, from their most recent effort Untoward, over at Gear Gods. The video is a very gritty-looking performance clip in which director Whitey McConnaughy created all with analog and homemade equipment. You can check out the video after the break and read on how McConnaughy put the video together over at Gear Gods.

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PORD Streaming New Album “Wild”

The upcoming sophomore effort from French noise rockers Pord, Wild, can now be streamed in full over at Scene Point Blank. The album will be officially released next Tuesday, September 8th via Solar Flare Records and can still be pre-ordered here. But in the meantime, stream the 40 minute, caustic album at this location.

The band’s upcoming European tour dates can be found below.

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