Everything Ends: HIVESMASHER Call It Quits

hivesmasher quitWell fuck me. It sucks to see bands that I love call it a day, but that time must come for all bands, I suppose. Today we saw the end of Hivesmasher after nine amazing years. This band has done so much to help us here at American Aftermath and we loved having them contribute to the site and just be awesome dudes. This is one of those times where I will tell you to never forget Hivesmasher. I know that I will still keep them in my mind and on my iPod. Check out some choice Hivesmasher shit after the jump.     Continue reading

American Aftermath Presents: DOPPELGÄNGERS – A Covers Compilation

DoppelgangersWell, folks, Lane and Gnarly would like to apologize for the Summer Of Sludge 2 compilation taking so long and eventually morphing into Autumn Annihilation, but to make up for that little mishap, we have brought you yet another compilation for your streaming and downloading pleasure! We know you love free music as much as we do, so here’s the skinny: We haven’t done a covers compilation in a while, so why not do one that is all encompassing?

We have bands covers music from all across the spectrum and it’s phenomenal. After the jump you can check out the track list and stream Doppelgängers! Continue reading

TIGER FLOWERS Announce Summer Tour Plans

New York heavy hitters Tiger Flowers will be hitting the North East in three short spurts this summer and they’ll be heading out with some amazing bands on their heels. I have never personally seen Tiger Flowers, but I have heard on good accounts that their shows are absolutely incredible. So if you are in the area of any of these shows, be sure to go out and show these dudes some love.     Continue reading

Best Of 2012: Eric’s Top 30 Releases Of The Year


Similar to the conflicted state of mind the character Jules Winnfield Of Pulp Fiction was in when he decided not to execute the characters of Honey Bunny and Ringo like “fucking fried chicken”, my American Aftermath writership came at a period in my life of transition, a time of both fleeting and returning tastes. In short, my idea of “music” was flipped upside down. What was once a streamlined process of music listening and discovery was overloaded and overridden by my previous months exploration into a multitude of realms and genres previously unexplored, most notable among that being my new found discovery of hardcore and the cascading effects of that discovery, which led to realms from sludge metal to pop punk.

The following thirty album list reflects the few difficultly chosen releases that stuck with me the most throughout both the bombarding ocean of releases this year and the aforementioned musical overturn. Before we actually begin, I’d like to thank the American Aftermath crew especially Ross Gnarly, Lane Oliver, and Josh Huddleston for allowing me to be a part of their team. I would also like to thank the musicians and bands that have created music for me to write about and those that have helped out in interviews and features. Last but not least I want to thank you, the readers, for giving a shit. See you all after the jump.

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I have been a fan of A Life Once Lost for a long time and whenever I hear a new album by the band, I am instantly blown away. A Life Once Lost have a penchant for creating aggressive, dissonant, catchy and grooving metal that I can never get enough of. Constantly chugging and driving, A Life Once Lost have been and are one of my favorite heavy bands.

When I got my filthy paws on their new album Ecstatic Trance, I had an idea of what was in store for me, but I didn’t think I would be engulfed in it the way I am. Every single song tells an exciting and angry story and each song is just as or more brutal than the one before it. I find myself nodding relentlessly and gasping for breath after I finish Ecstatic Trance. It’s a fulfilling metal release and it fucking destroys. Continue reading

HIVESMASHER Sign To Black Market Activities; Premiere New Song


Hivesmasher are a brutal band, a very very brutal band. And it seems that the band’s barbaric and animistic yelps and yells have won them some sophisticated ears from some very high places, because the group have recently been signed to the all too excellent label, Black Market Activities(home to notable acts of brutality such as The Red Chord, Gaza, and Today is The Day). In addition to this excellent announcement, a new track entitled “En Route To Meat Land” off of Hivesmasher’s upcoming album, Gutter Choir(Oct. 23rd is streaming exclusively via Lambgoat here. Be sure to like Hivesmasher and Black Market Activities Facebook pages to stay tuned for updates. Till then, stay brutal.

Violent Like Me: HIVESMASHER Release MINOR THREAT Cover

Do you know Hivesmasher? You really should know Hivesmasher. Hivesmasher are a techy grind band from Massachusetts who I featured on The Grinding Aftermath Comp last year. This band fucking rips and I have been a fan for a long time. You know what else I am a fan of? Minor Threat. I fucking love me some Minor Threat so when Hivesmasher covers Minor Threat, you should know I’d be all over it. And I was. And I am. You know what, fuck this incoherent post. Just listen to Hivesmasher covering “Bottled Violence” below and be on the look out for a new Hivesmasher record this year. Yeeeeah! Follow the band on Facebook and Twitter.

You Can Now Stream The Grinding Aftermath Comp!

You all remember the Grinding Aftermath compilation I did with Grind To Death, right? Well, you should! It’s an amazing compilation that took loads of planning and preparation. Me and Alex worked our asses off to get this thing put together, with the donation of cover art by Guger Art, and get it released on time. Well, Alex did some killer shit and got the entire compilation uploaded to Bandcamp, where it can now be streamed and downloaded for free! Featuring well known bands like Agoraphobic Nosebleed, Fuck The Facts and Kill The Clients as well as absolutely killer underground bands like Water Torture, Hivesmasher and Kuntpuncher. Thanks to everyone who has already downloaded and enjoyed this compilation and I hope everyone else who hasn’t checked it out digs it! Stream and download the compilation after the jump!
~R. Gnarly//Dig It or Die.

A Short Essay on Grindcore

Grindcore, as a genre, has always been a very underground style of music. I was not even born when the idea of grindcore came about. And since then, nearly thirty years later, the genre is still pushing out amazing bands. True, the forefathers in Napalm Death, Brutal Truth and Nasum still reign supreme in grindcore, but none the less, budding bands from all over the world are experimenting and producing amazingly good extreme music.

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The Ties That Grind… II

I know I haven’t been posting as much as I used to, I promise I will start posting more. Now on with the new edition of The Ties That Grind…

Hello fellow Grinders. With the recent surge of amazing grindcore albums dropping this year such as Rotten Sound, Noisear and Wormrot (as well as many, many more), I have to also give props to the up-and-coming underground grind bands from all over the world. Every week I will be posting a few grind bands that I believe should be checked out. Lets start this off with…

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