Review: BLACK SHEEP WALL – “I’m Going To Kill Myself”

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.

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OUTLET Signs to GLORY KID , New Song Streaming Now

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.

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WELLS VALLEY Streaming New Album “Matter As Regent”

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.

COWARDS Debut “Bend The Knee” Video

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.

Rise to Infamy will be released on February 9. Stream the record here or download it for free from Throatruiner Records. Physical copies can be found herehere or here.

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GRIEVER Streaming New Track “The Tie That Grinds”

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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.

LORD DYING Streaming New Album “Poisoned Altars”

lord dying - poisoned altarsI 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

Exclusive Premiere: KILLING THING’S “Derision”

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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

BLACK SHEEP WALL Streaming New Track “Tetsuo The Dead Man”

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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.

GRIEVER Announce New Full Length “Our Love Is Different”

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.

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RWAKE To Release 1998 Demo “Xenoglossalgia”; Streaming Remastered Tracks

rwakeThere are some killer bands here in Arkansas. Pallbearer, Living Sacrifice and Rwake all come to mind right off the bat and the latter is planning a re-release of their debut 1998 demo Xenoglossalgia in February and trust me, if you’re not holding onto that dem0 at this exact moment, or if you’ve never heard it, you’re about to lose your shit.

Xenoglossalgia is a legendary artifact in the Arkansas metal community. Think of the sludge version of the Ark Of The Covenant. Holy fuck, is this heavy. Check out a few tracks from the re-release after the jump. The remaster is so fucking crisp. Enjoy.      Continue reading

THE GREAT SABATINI Streaming New Track “Bleeder Of The Pack”

the great sabI love coming across free compilations. I mean, you check them out because a single band on there piques your interest and then the next thing you know, you’ve discovered five new bands to follow. Well, a band that we love here at AA, The Great Sabatini has been featured on a new compilation and in doing so, they have a brand new track streaming. The track is called “Bleeder Of The Pack” and it sits comfortably on the Sludge Hummer Septic Murk​-​Tape Vol​.​2 alongside Greber, Godstopper and Fuck The Facts. Check out the track below.      Continue reading

LORD DYING Streaming New Track “An Open Sore”

lord dying - poisoned altarsSlow-and-devastating metal act Lord Dying will be releasing their new record Poisoned Altars next month and the band is streaming a rad new track titled “An Open Sore.” This track alone is enough to entice anyone to want to jam the fuck out. It’s heavy and groove-laden riffs are absolutely mind-blowing. Oh, did I mention the track features guest vocals from Red Fang‘s Aaron Beam? FUCK YES!

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Aftermath Exclusive: COWARDS “Rise To Infamy” Stream + Interview

The general consensus at American Aftermath is the grimmer the better, and not many bands do grim as well as the Parisian quintet, Cowards. So, of course, we are more than excited to bring you a stream of the group’s forthcoming blackened opus, Rise to Infamy. The album officially comes out on February 9th, but luckily you do not have to wait any longer to get your skull caved in. Below you will find a stream of the gruesome monstrosity along with a short interview with riff-conjurer Adrien. Enjoy.

 

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