Best Of 2012: “Grim” Kim Kelly’s Favorite Demos Of 2012

2012yearMuch has been made of the lowly demonstration tape over the past few years. A perennial underground staple and more or less sole argument for the continued existence of cassette tapes (seriously, worst format), a band’s initial foray into studio sorcery is generally a pretty slapdash affair, recorded live in their practice space and handed out to buddies and disinterested label suits in unequal measure. At least, that’s how it used to be. Now, though, we’ve got labels releasing demos on vinyl, collectors clamouring for a baby band’s first squalls, and lists like this one popping up for the second year running. Cheers to Ross and American Aftermath for giving me the chance to rant and ramble about a few of 2012’s most welcome new additions.  In no particular order, here are ten of the best demos I was fortunate enough to stumble across, have shoved into my back pocket, or otherwise encounter.     Continue reading


Texas has birth many metal bands in the past including a few black metal bands that I am quite fond of (Averse Sefira and Absu). Recently, I caught wind of The Unmothered, a crushing black metal band from Austin who tinge their music with elements of southern doom, from a friend at Catharis PR. These guys are pretty epic. That is for sure. Very well executed instrumentation and raw, harsh vocals make up the band’s sound. The band has only been around since late 2010 and member Matt Walker was previously in Lions of Tsavo. With only a few shows under their belt under the Unmothered moniker, Matt Walker and Daniel Curry already have the release of a full-length and US touring plans in their sights. These guys pull in musical inspiration from all across the metal spectrum, touching on genres such as stoner metal and doom as well as black metal. It’s undeniably extraordinary. Below I have streamed a track from The Unmothered’s Bandcamp page where you can stream the bands entire self-titled EP and download it for free. That’s right. Free. Go do it if you like what you hear. Peace out. Also, follow The Unmothered on Facebook.

~R. Gnarly

Hails to Catharis PR for the tip! “Grim” Kim Kelly FTW!

Someone Seriously Needs To Sign DOPETHRONE

Vincent Houde (Guitars & Vocals

Dopethrone are a band that I have worshiped over and over. I have fallen head over heels for their music in a very short time and I, once more, want to share it with the world. The band recently released their latest album, titled Dark Foil independently and, from my current listening to it, it is fantastic. I see this album as a big step forward for the band and including a sludgy, filthy cover of “Ain’t No Sunshine” is just an added bonus.

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Get Stoked For The New AMEBIX Record!

Yes! It is true! The legendary Amebix are preparing to release their first collection of new material since 19-fuckin’-87. 1987! Dude! That’s 24 years. That’s older than me. I am incredibly stoked for this album. I have loved Amebix for years, so this is extraordinary news.
The album is called Sonic Mass and will be released on September 20th. Yeah, I know that’s still quite a while, but regardless, you can start getting hyped now. According to “Grim” Kim Kelly’s blog Ravishing Grimness, “The album was recorded at Rock Cottage in Derbyshire and The Lodge Studios in Northampton, England, and engineered, mixed and produced by AMEBIX drummer Roy Mayorga. Sonic Mass will be released digitally and on CD by Alternative Tentacles, with a deluxe 12″ vinyl edition from Profane Existence.”

Sounds like a winner to me. No doubt. I personally think this is a godsend. A new fucking Amebix album! Yes! The godfathers of crust return! After the jump you can enjoy a few Amebix tunes! Thanks “Grim” Kim for the tip! Also, please wish Roy Mayorga a swift recovery. He suffered a minor stroke recently. [Continue Reading]