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
I have long been championing my stoner-doom homies from the Great White North, Dopethrone and I was thrilled when I recently learned that the band had landed a long-overdue record deal and that they would be releasing a new album this year. The bands new album is titled Hochelaga and the band has released their first “video” for their track “Scum Fuck Blues.” I love this track, but unfortunately this is my least favorite type of video: random visualizations thrown together behind a song. BUT, this song is killer. Check out some new Dopethrone below.
Melodic sludge/punk outfit Griever have premiered the title track from their upcoming album, Our Love Is Different, over at Brooklyn Vegan. The track is a bouncing, sludgy anthem that sounds like a cross between City of Echoes-era Pelican and the more recent Torche material. The song is upbeat, heavy, catchy and will be difficult to get out of your head. Stream the track over at Brooklyn Vegan now.
Our Love Is Different will be released on February 24 via Vitriol Records.
Seattle’s Heiress (ex-Himsa) have premiered their forthcoming album, Of Great Sorrow, over at Metal Sucks. The album officially comes out on February 10 via The Mylene Sheath (pre-order here), but now you don’t have to wait another six long days. You can stream all 10 tracks of sludgy hardcore goodness after the break. We’re not responsible for any broken bones.
Remember that amazing Thou/The Body collaboration? Well, it was fucking incredible and the bands have released a music video for their track “Beyond the Realms of Dream, That Fleeting Shade Under the Corpus of Vanity,” which seems like it was mostly completed by Thou, whose bassist Mitch Wells’ wife appears in the video. Check out the video below and let is crush you. Continue reading
When California sludge/doom outfit Black Sheep Wall announce the title of their third full length to be I’m Going to Kill Myself, my curiosity was piqued. When the doomsayers revealed the record’s cartoonish cover art, my anticipation grew further. This playfulness is something to be expected out of the same band who have songs by the names of “Lamb…Gayyyy” and “Ancient Fvck”. But the black comedy angle is merely a facade to lure the unexpected into a full 63 minutes of oppressive sludge that is no laughing matter. Colossal riffs unleash a relentlessly sadistic, repetitious beating that never seems to stop. It’s almost akin to be stricken with mental illness in which unhealthy thoughts constantly batter your psyche until you reach the point where committing suicide is the only thing that will bring you relief.
Born in the Year of Our Lord 2007 in the town of Idaho Falls melodic metallic hardcore quintet Outlet prepare to bequeath to the world the follow up to their acclaimed 2009 EP “Broken Is The Man, Vital Are The Missing Parts”. Consisting of 6 songs and spanning over 30 minutes the new EP “Memento Mori” contains in it just as emotion as it does math or heaviness, though it has plenty of all three. Slated for a Spring ’15 release in digital and physical formats on Glory Kid Ltd. “Memento Mori” marks a milestone in the development of Outlet as such innovations as the conservative use of clean, melodic, vocals and a light math influence are incorporated by the band, always in a subtle way.
Continue on after the break for a sample of Outlet’s maturation as a band in the form of their new song “Mortal Coil”. Streaming right now over at New Noise Magazine.
Chicagoan progressive post-metal quintet Taken By The Sun have announced the release of their self-titled debut album. The new album was tracked live at Electrical Audio, engineered by Sanford Parker (Minsk, Twilight, Yob, etc) and mastered by Collin Jordan (Eyehategod, Indian). The self-titled effort will feature eight new tracks that fans of Neurosis, Mouth of the Architect, Rosetta and the like will surely salivate over. The album follows their 2013 debut EP, which can be streamed after the break. Taken By The Sun‘s artwork and track listing can be found below as well.
Taken By The Sun will be released independently on February 24.
Portuguese post/sludge metal trio Wells Valley have premiered their debut full length, Matter as Regent, over at Decibel. The album features six lumbering tracks of elephantine proportions that are full of tremendous low-end sludge assaults and haunting atmospheres that envelop you in its deadly abyss. The album officially releases on February 7 via Bleak Recordings, but feel free to stream the record over at Decibel now.
Parisian nihilistic sludge quintet, Cowards, have premiered the official for their track “Bend The Knee” over at Metal Injection. The track, which comes from their forthcoming release “Rise to Infamy“, pairs the grinding, devastating track with clips of the band performing and black and white snippets of some nightmarish film. The two pair together perfectly, to say the least. You can check out the video after the break.
San Diego sludge/punk outfit Griever have premiered a new track from their upcoming album, Our Love Is Different, over at Decibel. The new track is the extremely catchy “The Tie That Grinds”, which churns out all of the raw, low-end rock grooves you can handle. Fans of Torche, Karp and Red Fang are sure to fawn over this new jam. Stream the track for yourself over at Decibel now.
Our Love Is Different will be released on February 24 via Vitriol Records.
I have been praising Lord Dying and their new album Poisoned Altars for a while now and I have gotta say that it is one of the best albums that will be released this year. If you have been aching to listen to this slow-churned, brutalizing beatdown, then the time is now. Lord Dying is currently streaming Poisoned Altars right now and you can listen to it. You better fucking listen. It’s so fucking good. Enjoy. Continue reading
Initially featured in a prior Aftermath Straight To The Point review, the young forebears of “Pittsburgh Heavy Shit” in Killing Thing have bestowed onto American Aftermath the opportunity to unveil their latest step into aural brutality. Following a demo, an EP and track appearances on a split and compilation (download it all free here!), the chaotic hardcore quartet have returned, armed with a new vocalist and drummer and ready to enter the modern metallic hardcore revival lexicon with a new EP due out soon on Head2Wall Records, of which the video for the first track is featured below. Directed by Tyler Long (Run, Forever and Black Mask) and recorded by Dave Rosenstraus (of Hounds of Hate and Pissed Jeans fame), “Derision” brandishes a brash, greater 90s metallic hardcore centered sound whilst underplaying but not completely abandoning the group’s groovy beatdown, which comes exemplified in the best way in the last seconds of the minute and forty crusher. As for the video, bloody, live and simple. Stream “Derision” below and be sure to catch Killing Thing on their Midwest stomp, details also below. Continue reading
Californian monolithic sludge outfit Black Sheep Wall have premiered a new track from their forthcoming opus, I Am Going to Kill Myself, over at The Obelisk. The track in question, “Tetsuo The Dead Man”, will pummel you with nearly 10 minutes of devastating sludge that does not let up for even the slightest moment. It’s like being trapped in a collapsing building, that’s also on fire. Head over to The Obelisk to stream the Godzilla-sized track.
I Am Going to Kill Myself will be released on January 27 via Season of Mist. Pre-orders can be purchased here.
San Diego post-hardcore/sludge hybrid Griever have announced the release of their debut full length and follow up to their 2011 Inferior EP and 2013 three-way split between VYGR and At Our Heels. The new record will bear the title Our Love Is Different and will be released on February 24 via Vitriol Records. The album was recorded by Tommy Garcia and Alex Jacobelli, mixed by Jacobelli and mastered by Nick Zampiello (Converge, Coliseum, etc), and will feature nine new bottom-heavy anthems in the vein of Torche, Karp and the like. The album’s artwork and track listing can be found after the break along with a stream of the Inferior EP.