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



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”


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

Review: NORTHLESS- “World Keeps Sinking”

Epic just doesn’t cut it when it comes to describing the latest LP from sludge metal merchants Northless. The soundtrack to you being trampled by a rampaging herd of rhinos still only just begins to describe the monumental sounds issuing forth from this band. At times oppressively slow while at other times angular in their riffing, Northless is never boring.

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CRYPTIC PASSAGES Volume Eleven: The California Love Edition

“It’s all in the hips.” – Happy Gilmore, 1996

Welcome to the eleventh edition of Cryptic Passages, a weekly hopefully-weekly column in which I, Eric Nguyen, will be presenting for your torture, some of the most brutal, unrelenting, and hate drenched pieces of audio I’ve found journeying through the misanthropic plains of the internet. This week’s special re-summoning of the Cryptic Passages column brings with it a local focus, on bands from my neck of this circle of hell, Southern California. For now, I return to my place on the altar of sacrifice and offer you three fresh kills…after the jump.  Continue reading

FULL OF HELL Finish Recording Sophomore LP


According to a recent Facebook update, Full of Hell have officially finished recording their as of yet untitled sophomore LP. The band returned to record with Kevin Bernstein at Baltimore’s Developing Nations this part Thursday and are expected to release the record through A389 Recordings later this year. The sophomore effort derives from the varied and experimental approaches the band has taken through their previous splits this year(Code Orange Kids, Calm The Fire, the guilt 0f…) and will see the group up-taking more grind and noise influences. Stay tuned for updates. Stream a live video of the band on one of their latest tour ventures(12/10/2012; Pomona; Aladdin Jrs.) with Code Orange Kids and GAZA below exclusively via CVLT Nation. A new song expected to be on the upcoming album is played at 4:50.

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SEVEN SISTERS OF SLEEP Streaming New Track; “Announce” Track Listing For Opium Morals



Occult doom outfit Seven Sisters Of Sleep are currently streaming a new track entitled “Reaper Christ”, which is set to debut on the group’s upcoming 2013 sophomore full length record, Opium Morals. “Reaper Christ” sees the group assault with their usual sledgehammer to the jawline sludge whilst adding a bite of speed for extra damage. Stream “Reaper Christ” and try to decipher the A389’s recently leaked “track listing” for Opium Morals after the jump.  Continue reading

CRYPTIC PASSAGES Volume Three Double Sized Post


“We have such sights to show you!” – Hellraiser, 1987

Welcome to the third edition of Cryptic Passages, a weekly column in which I, Eric Nguyen, will be presenting for your torture, some of the most brutal, unrelenting, and hate drenched pieces of audio I’ve found journeying through the misanthropic plains of the internet. As promised by the lack of a posting last week, we now have a double sized edition this week. Six satanic passages await you in the cryptic chasm…after the jump. Continue reading

Death, Doom, and Drugs: Stream ILSA’s “Intoxicantations” In Full

With a current bodycount of two full lengths and a split with fellow death doomers, Hooded Menace, the 2009 evoked Ilsa have returned with their third full length release and debut A389 LP, Intoxicantations. Recorded with Kevin Bernstein at Developing Nations and mastered with James Plotkin of legendary drone/doom act, KhanateIntoxicantations shows Ilsa masterfully melding the mid-paced death metal bite of acts like Bolt Thrower and Dismember with the dizzying psychedelia of doom in a ten track closed casket journey to the underworld. Stream the crushing record in full below and be sure to pre-order it off of A389 Records here.

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“We have such sights to show you!” – Hellraiser, 1987

Welcome to the second edition of Cryptic Passages, a weekly column in which I, Eric Nguyen, will be presenting for your torture, some of the most brutal, unrelenting, and hate drenched pieces of audio I’ve found journeying through the misanthropic plains of the internet. Three satanic passages await you in the cryptic chasm…after the jump. Continue reading

DRAGGED INTO SUNLIGHT Stream “Widowmaker” In Full


UK blackened death/doom act, Dragged Into Sunlight, have long been a quiet mainstay listen of mine since their debut album, Hatred For Mankind and have lately become more so of a mainstay, when I found out that they were a product of the ambitious FBI covert operation, Operation Many Jons. The atmosphere, texture, and attack of Dragged Into Sunlight’s latest venture, Widowmaker, sure to evoke controversy, varies considerably from their previous effort, trading caustic, misanthropic, and pure malevolence for a greater sense of suffocating atmosphere and slowed pace. Stream the possibly divisive and dense Widowmaker here, exclusively via and pick it up from Prosthetic Records here.

ILSA Streaming New Track “Say You Love Satan”

Fusing together a cohesive and grueling sound sure to appeal to  fans of such bands as Bolt Thrower, Amebix, Grief, and Seven Sisters of Sleep, Isla hit you like a metaphoric 666 ton concrete spreader, spreading your worthless carcass across the pavement with their malevolent riffs and grimy sludge. And the impact will only leave you using your last breaths out of your brittle lungs to ask for more. Currently streaming exclusively over at CVLT Nation is a track off of Ilsa’s upcoming sophomore LP and debut A389 album, Intoxications. “Say You Love Satan” clocks in a mere four minutes and twelve seconds, a demented and subjectively short period that couldn’t have passed by any quicker. Stream the crusher of a track over at CVLT Nation here and be sure to look out for pre-orders for Intoxications, out November 23rd via the great A389 Recordings.

FULL OF HELL Confirmed For The Studio

Sludgy powerviolence/hardcore/noise amalgam Full of Hell have recently announced  that they are confirmed for studio time to record their as of yet unnamed sophomore LP! While their upcoming LP is to be expected sometime 2013, the “audio terrorists” in Full Of Hell have been keeping relevant with a strew of releases.  In recent time, the group have released the third volume of their power electronics noise tapes and three 7″ splits, one with the chaotic Pittsburgh hardcore act, Code Orange Kids, one with Mike IX’s(EyeHateGod) electronic group, The guilt 0f…, and one with Polish dark hardcorers Calm The Fire. In addition, Full of Hell are slated to play on the awesome upcoming Maryland Deathfest 2013 and are supporting Gaza’s headlining tour along with peers, Code Orange Kids in the upcoming months. Those who have slept on this band, WAKE THE FUCK UP! In a genre ripe with mediocrity and recycled ideas, Full Of Hell rise above the pack, they are more than hardcore.

Burning Churches: HOODED MENACE Debut Video For “Crumbling Insanity”

Combining the gloomy and drudging sensitivities of doom metal with the horror movie atmosphere of death metal, the Finland-based fiends in Hooded Menace have been conjuring demons and possessing souls with their hypnotic brand of miserable sound since 2007 and their latest album, Effigies of Evil(out now on Relapse Records, order here), does no different. Recently crafted into video format is the track “Crumbling Insanity”. Directed by Justin Oakey AKA Burial Offerings, the video is based off of the Edgar Allen Poe classic, “The Fall of The House of Usher”. I can’t say that I’m familiar with the story but the video is pretty sweet, There are some crows, anti-christian images, hooded figures, cemeteries  creepy tomes, and fire, all shown with a killer soundtrack to boot, a jolly good time for the whole family. Peep the video below. Continue reading