Review: BLEED THE PIGS – “Overcompensations for Misery”

After being exposed to Nashville, TN’s Bleed the Pigs’s debut EP Mortis Fatum I was intrigued by the promise this young band showed. While showing great potential they nonetheless fell short of expanding their
sound beyond the already aging Entombedcore sound pioneered by Nails and further popularized by a host of bands. However on their followup EP, Overcompensations for Misery they have smashed right thru the
glass ceiling and have, in my mind, established themselves as a force to be reckoned with in the national punk/hardcore/powerviolence scene.

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Exclusive Interview: ENABLER’S Jeff Lohrber

Enabler has since their formation in 2009 gained a sizable following by releasing a plethora of LPs, EPs, and splits showcasing their potent combo of punk,hardcore,thrash,grind, and crust. Following up on their critically acclaimed 2012 LP All Hail The Void, released on Southern Lord Records, will be La Fin Absolue Du Monde, a rawer ,even more intense exercise in brutality than anything else in Enabler’s discography.

Singer/guitarist/main songwriter Jeff Lohrber was kind enough to sit down with me for an interview via email. Read on after the break.

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ENABLER: Second Full Length To See Spring Release; New Spring/Summer Tour Dates Announced

Milwaukee based hardcore/crust/thrash/grind/whatever unit Enabler will see the release of their second full length, La Fin Absolue Du Monde this spring. Set to hit stores in vinyl and CD versions this May 27, just one day after their debut appearance at Maryland Deathfest. A collaborative effort between San Francisco based Creator-Destructor Records and NYC-area-based The Compound, the label arm of media/PR outfit The Earsplit Compound, La Fin Absolue Du Monde, (“the absolute end of the world” in French) , comes hot on the heels of  Shift of Redemption and Flies , the two EPs the band released in 2013.

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JARHEAD FERTILIZER And PURGE. Debut Split Tracks

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Earlier this week, label Cricket Cemetery revealed teaser tracks and plans for a two-pronged assault between two of my favorite entries in the former Cryptic Passages column, Pittsburgh grinders Purge. and the Full Of Hell-affiliated Ocean City slashers Jarhead Fertilizer. To say the least, the devastating initial results show both groups have stepped up their game hard. From their sludgier origins, Jarhead Fertilizer have undergone a huge stylistic change for the better, embracing more grindiness, speed and rhythmic variety, while the solid Purge. are continually increasing the aggression and impact of their Discordance Axis meets Disembodied grind assault. Listen and decide for yourself with both teaser tracks streamable below via Cricket Cemetery’s bandcamp and an additional two tracks also streamable below as background music via a video tour promo detailing an upcoming mini-tour between the two which will span January 10th through the 12th. Follow Cricket Cemetery on Facebook here for further announcements.   Continue reading

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: TRANSIENT- “Transient”

Even in this day and agem women are discriminated against. From the workplace to the home, women find themselves fighting all the way for the same things that men take for granted. Even in metal, you’ll still find the stereotypical misogynist who believes women have no place in the pit , or worse, have no place as the frontwoman in a band. However, it’s women like Transient singer Krysta Martinez who continue to fight an uphill battle for women everywhere. And on their self-titled LP, grindcore band Transient make it perfectly clear that women not only are able to hold their own playing guitar or bass, they also possess the pipes to scream and shout with the best of them.

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23 Reasons To Play Grindcore: BUCKET FULL OF TEETH Discography Up For Free Download

Experimental powerviolence band Bucket Full of Teeth have put their entire output; EPs I, II, III, and LP IV, up for free/name your price download on their bandcamp. So now instead of scouring the internet for crap quality rips of their utterly revolutionary take on the powerviolence genre you can conveniently download high quality versions of all 4 of their releases in one place and since the band if offering it them free you can do so guilt-free.
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Review: BURNING GHATS – “Something Other Than Yourself”

Canada has distinguished itself in this new century with some quality extreme music bands rising to international scene recognition. From all of Chris Colohan’s projects to the Endless Blockade and the band that rose from the ashes of TEBColumn of Heaven, there has been quite a few metal and hardcore bands that have made a name for Canada. Vancouver’s Burning Ghats, while lesser known, are making a case for themselves to be included among the giants of heavy music in the Great White North.
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Review:BURIED AT BIRTH – “Pestilent Hallucinations”

San Jose band Buried at Birth have made a name for themselves by trafficking in the kind of female fronted grindcore that fans of both punk and metal can enjoy guilt-free. They don’t bullshit around. No clean singing, no self indulgent guitar licks, just grinding riffs, pummeling drums and some of the most ferocious vocals you’ll hear from either a guy or girl.

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Total Bananas: MELT BANANA Announce Tour Dates

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Photo Credits Due To: Mads Monsen (http://blog.madsmonsen.com/blog/tag/past/page/2/)

Japanese spastic experimental grind outfit Melt Banana are poised to hit North America for a month long tour excursion starting mid-October and ending mid-November in support of their first LP in six years, Fetch, due out October 1st via A-Zap Records. Peep the full tour details below and pre-order Fetch as vinyl or CD here. Continue reading

Straight To The Point: Quick Reviews Of KILLING THING, DEATHSEEKERS, YOUNG AND IN THE WAY And WITHDRAWAL

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With a brash and ignorant name like Killing Thing and an equally ridiculous genre description such as “Pittsburgh Heavy Shit”, you’d probably expect in this current musical climate, no less than layers and endless layers of formless breakdowns pitched through some POD guitar sample tones and programmed drums. In this case though, you’d be wrong. Underneath the self-embodied, well executed pit riffment spirit of the Pittsburgh five piece known as Killing Thing are a huge array of technical qualities, groove and definite compositional know-how, that all together only seethes ignorance superficially. Continue reading

COLUMN OF HEAVEN Streaming New Track “Flesh Prison”

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Column Of Heaven are streaming a new track entitled “Flesh Prison”, off of an upcoming Iron Lung Records expected EP, Holy Things Are For The Holy. The track in question is a mastered version of a demo track entitled “Anaphora: Flesh Prison” that surfaced awhile back and alludes more to the studio-only approach of the group that vocalist Andrew Nolan noted in this interview with Payson Power of Toronto hardcore group, Purity Control: Continue reading