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
Weed-based death metal project Cannabis Corpse (members of Municipal Waste) have announced dates for an upcoming nineteen date Winter tour with direct support from metallic hardcore outfit Mammoth Grinder and prog/tech-deathers Inanimate Existence. The tour will kick off November 28th in Wilmington, NC before concluding December 20th in Richmond, VA. Peep the full details below. Continue reading
Chicago hardcore grind unit Sick/Tired are back with “In Articulo Mortis”, the second single off their upcoming third full length, Dissolution, out October 31st on vinyl and CD via A389 Recordings. The newly track is streaming over at Noisey and is a rare turn towards doom-ish longeivity for the grind unit, locking in at over five minutes. Check out “In Articulo Mortis” via Noisey here and pre-order Dissolution via A389 Recordings here. Sick/Tired will be touring in support of the record in Europe later this October with peers Corrupt Moral Altar, details below. Continue reading
Ashtabula, Ohio metallic hardcore outfit Homewrecker are currently streaming the crushing title track off of their upcoming sophomore LP, Circle Of Death, due out the 31st of October Halloween. “Circle Of Death” follows the lead of two prior singles “Skin the Pig” and “Born To Suffer”, displaying the now quartet of Ashtabula fiends in a newly streamlined and frenzied metallic rage. Check out “Circle Of Death” via Noisey here, pre-order Circle Of Death via A389 Recordings here and be sure to catch Homewrecker on their upcoming headlining run with labelmates Pharaoh, details below. Continue reading
Audio terrorists Full Of Hell are currently streaming “Gordian Knot”, the first cut off of their upcoming collaborative LP with renown Japanese noise artist Merzbow, exclusively over at Noisey. Delivering on the band’s promise to continue to push their aural boundaries to further realms of harshness and inaccessibility, the new track deters away from the band’s groovier dark hardcore beginnings in place of a newer adherence to the rasp of death metal and grindcore, a direction the full album is due to pursue. Stream “Gordian Knot” via Noisey here along with an interview with vocalist Dylan Walker on the band’s new alliance with label Profound Lore, commentary on the development of the new album as well as information on the second bonus album included exclusively with the CD version of the band’s upcoming LP. In addition, Full Of Hell are set to embark on an Australian tour with Idylls and Machina Genova late November. Peep dates for that tour below.
Full Of Hell & Merzbow arrives November 25th on CD via Profound Lore Records and vinyl via A389 Recordings. Full Of Hell’s most recent release was an exclusive 2014 Record Store Day split with Dwid Hellion (Integrity) noise project Psywarfare.
Long-running Orange County, California grindcore maniacs Phobia are currently streaming their imminent and latest EP, the boldly-denominated Grindcore, in full. Following up their 2012 Willowtip Records released LP, Remnants of Filth, Grindcore offers up eight visceral new tracks and will be released September 9th on 7″ vinyl via the always reliable Deep Six Records with a projected late October release date on CD (includes bonus remastered material from Phobia classics Means Of Existence Destroying The Masses) via Willowtip Records. Stream Grindcore via Invisible Oranges here and pre-order the record on vinyl via Deep Six here or on CD via Willowtip Records here.
Phobia’s latest releases were in 2012. The band released a full length LP entitled Remnants of Filth on Willowtip Records, a split with Suffering Mind on Behind The Mountain Records as well as a free promotional split alongside Skarp on Scion Audio/Visual Records.
Out of the blue, Greensboro, NC grindcore/crust unit Torch Runner have returned, along with details for their upcoming sophomore LP, Endless Nothing, which if the debut single “Godlust” is any sign, signals only an amplification of brutalistic quality for the group. Due out September 30th via Southern Lord Records, Endless Nothing is an effort “reaching new depths of auditory violence”, according to the group’s press release. As the evidence stands so far, I believe it. Check out the new track “Godlust” along with full album artwork and tracklistings for Endless Nothing below.
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 throwback death metal brainchild of DC’s Disciples Of Christ and Protester, Genocide Pact, are back with their face-shattering second entry, a single by the title of Desecration, the group’s first material since their well received invocation by demo in 2013. Backed by the support of Weekend Nachos frontman John Hoffman’s personal record label, Bad Teeth Records, Desecration is available for pre-order now with its A-Side available for digital preview. Stream the title track “Desecration” along with G-Pact’s debut demo below and pre-order the record (limited to 50 on Alien Green slime vinyl) via Bad Teeth here. For cool people and fans of audio-frequencies that’ll end up making you look like that guy above.
Be sure to follow Bad Teeth Recordings on FB here to keep up with future plans and updates, of which records by Full Of Hell, Bent Life and Spine are confirmed ventures.
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.
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.
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.
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