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

SWALLOWED Streaming Debut LP “Lunarterial” In Full

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In lieu of its release today, Finnish death/doom fiends Swallowed have made available their long-coming debut LP, Lunarterial, for full streaming and download over at Dark Descent Records official bandcamp. Borne in 2007, the meticulous death metal Fins have been honing their craft for years, having released only a careful discography of two demos and an EP,  outside of this year’s masterful album, no doubt, one of the year’s strongest releases within the genre. Stream and purchase Lunarterial  digitally via the Dark Descent widget below and pick the record up on vinyl via Me Saca Un Ojo Records here or on CD via Dark Descent here. HAIL DEATH.

 

 

PRIMITIVE MAN Release Free Single “Loathe”

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Denver, CO mammothian doom unit Primitive Man have released a new eleven minute crusher entitled “Loathe” for free streaming and download. The track is the second in a series of sponsored releases between Flatline Audio Studios and Trve Brewing and is expected to be part of Primitive Man’s as-of-yet untitled upcoming EP, due this Winter on Relapse Records. Stream “Loathe” below and download it free here. Continue reading

Pig Destroyer Open Pre-Orders For Previously Limited Mass & Volume EP; Announce Tour Dates

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Initially available as a limited digital download release fundraiser for the family of Relapse Records team member Pat Egan following his death in 2013, the two-track experimental doom Mass & Volume EP by innovative deathgrinders Pig Destroyer is now due for a one-time, never to be repressed CD/vinyl release according to news direct from the band and label this morning. Recorded in lieu of extra studio time during the band’s sessions on their 2007 LP Phantom Limb, Mass & Volume serves as a fine epilogue to the Bryan Harvey era of the band, marking his final contributions to the group since his tenure start on Pig Destroyer’s 1999 split with Gnob.

In addition, the band have also announced two live dates for December with Dropdead, one show serving as the band’s live Boston debut. Peep a teaser for Mass & Volume along with those show details below and pre-order the record digitally here or physically as CD or vinyl here. Continue reading

Napalm Christ Streaming Debut LP In Full

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Little Rock, AR death metal/doom unit and recent A389 Recordings signees Napalm Christ are streaming their debut self-titled LP in full, a complete Audiosiege Studios (responsible for the recent Left For Dead/Bloodlet/Gehenna A389 revived records) remaster of their ripping 2013 Demo. Revitalized, the record oozes with clarity in its old school Swedish and Finnish death metal grime and bludgeons in its familiar and competent demonstrations of the old school violence of American death. Stream the full record below, purchase the immediately available digital download here or pre-order the record in its various vinyl offerings here.

The Body Initiate IndieGoGo Campaign For New Van

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Portland, OR experimental doom/noise outfit The Body have initiated an IndieGoGo crowdfunding campaign for a new van. Perks ranging from stickers to exclusive campaign only t-shirts and pizza parties are available at varying donation levels. Take a look at the campaign here.

The Body had two releases earlier this year, a collaboration LP on RVNG Intl. with The Haxan Cloak entitled I Shall Die Here and a collaboration LP on Vinyl Rites with doom brothers Thou entitled Released From Love. They are currently working on a second collaboration LP with Thou.

REVIEW: SKINFATHER – “None Will Mourn”

Situated by membership and sound in the context of contemporary rising Southern California hardcore, Skinwalker walk the edge along with bands like Power Trip as niche groups prominent among the hardcore underground but not yet broken in the mainstream of their appropriate genres. While the latter Power Trip has found its corner amongst the hardcore world with recent success beyond following the release of their latest record, the approaching three-year career of Skinfather seems to have walked the path of stagnation, having under their belt but two EPs and a record of inconsistent touring with prominence overshadowed by their peers, by the genre disconnect among their main fanbase. 2014 brings Skinfather’s debut record, None Will Mourn, to the front by way of Todd Jones of Nails’s  label Streetcleaner Records. Continuing the group’s evolutionary incline towards a more expansive death metal style whilst refining their hardcore assault, None Will Mourn is definitely the group’s finest work to date and just may be the group’s breakout record. Continue reading

ELECTRIC WIZARD Tease New Album

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Late yesterday famed doom metal group Electric Wizard posted a flyer on their Facebook page indicating a new record would be coming this year. The flyer does not specify a title or release date, but the band later posted what appears to be a scan of some kind of magazine article describing the as yet untitled release. Jus Oborn describes the new record as “primitive,” “morbid,” and “death obsessed.” That’s just what I like to hear, considering that I wasn’t a huge fan of the washed out heavy psych direction the band took with Black Masses nearly four years ago. Here’s hoping for some nice, bassy riffs you can smoke it out to on this new one. Links to these respective facebook posts after the jump.

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INDIAN Streaming New Track “Directional”

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Long running sludge/doom outfit Indian are ringing in the new year’s gloom just right with the premiere of a new track entitled “Directional”, off of their long-awaited and upcoming fifth full length LP, From All Purity. Currently streaming exclusively over at Invisible Oranges HQ, “Directional” is a six minute trudging journey into hypnotic bleakness with rolling doom riffs canvassed across a sea of piercing power electronics and amongst some of the group’s most scathing vocal recordings to date. Drone out to the new buzz here, check out the first tease “Rhetoric Of No” here, and pre-order From All Purity via Relapse Records here.

The record hits North American shores the 21st of January, Germany/Benelux/Finland on the 17th and the rest of the world on the 20th.

 

Straight To The Point: Quick Review of SOKUSHINBUTSU’s “Holy Ground”

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Formed out of the remnants of the late and great Lapse and Eddie Brock comes Sokushinbutsu, a new Baltimore based group so accurately self-described as “not metal dudes playing death metal”. Presenting death metal strained through the filters of hardcore, powerviolence, grindcore and d-beat, Sokushinbutsu assault with a bite not ill-compared to the more recent iterations of Mammoth Grinder and Hatred Surge on their debut demo Holy Ground, albeit sustained with a bit more focus. In accordance with the aforementioned groups and in contrast to the dirgy death metal archetype, Holy Ground’s tracks run short and sweet with the majority of tracks running under two minutes, however, the tonality and vocals remain firmly ingrained in doomed out death metal, making the group’s excursions and diversions into their more familiar genres seem just that, extremely moshable “additives” to an already firm death metal base. Holy Ground is currently available for streaming below and free download via Sokushinbutsu’s official bandcamp here. Follow Sokushinbutsu through their official Facebook here and be sure to lookout for a tape version via Arctic Night Records soon as well as a full length from these maniacs on the horizon.

 

Rating: 9/10
Label: Self-released
Release Date: September 23rd, 2013
Favorite Track: “Nail Through The Immortal Hand”
For Fans Of: Coffins, Mammoth Grinder, Hatred Surge