When musical minds of various ilks come together, one can only assume that the byproduct of their union is one that is equally varied and experimental in scope. Anatomy of Habit is just that. The Chicago-based quintet is comprised of members who have shared their time in acts like Tortoise, Indian, Bloodyminded, Joan of Arc and Radar Eyes. With each member coming from a completely different musical background, what could their collective compositions sound like? The answer(s) is epic, dark, sprawling, traumatic and multifaceted. Ciphers + Axioms, the band’s proper sophomore full length is all of the adjectives previously listed and more. The 42 minute behemoth of an album effectively avoids being pigeonholed into one specific genre and provides enough twists and turns to keep the listener on the edge of their feet and interested despite the lengthy durations of the tracks.
Two of the strongest up-and-coming powerviolence/fastcore bands decide to team up and release a 7″ together, you say? 9 songs in less than 8 minutes, you say?
Please, go on.
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
Primitive and Deadly
Label: Southern Lord
Release Date: September 2nd, 2014
1. Torn by the Fox of the Crescent Moon
2. There is a Serpent Coming
3. From The Zodiacal Light
4. Even Hell Has Its Heroes
5. Rooks Across the Gates
6. Badgers Bane
From the opening drum roll your doubts are soon laid to rest as it
becomes readily apparent that early ’00s dark hardcore stalwarts
The Banner still know how to bring da muthaf*ckin’ ruckus!
This review is far from unbiased. I confess I’ve booked this band before so I can personally attest to their awesomeness. But biased or not this review will give light to one of the most promising up-and-coming punk acts in So Cal or anywhere.