Best Of 2014: Artist Edition Pt 1

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Casey Aylward of Hetfield & Hetfield:

1. Mastodon – Once More Round the Sun
Pianos Become The Teeth – Keep You
Lagwagon – Hang
Antemasque – S/T
Trash Talk – No Peace
Morrissey- World Peace is None of Your Business
Bane – Don’t Wait Up
Joyce Manor – Never Hungover Again
Tigers Jaw – Charmer
Weezer- Everything Will Be Alright In The End
Pallbearer – Foundation of Burden

Number one is number one and everything else is just random. These albums made me feel something, perhaps taught me something about myself.

Devin Townsend, Opeth and Code Orange should be on here but I just didn’t get to spend enough time with those records.


Christopher Cruz of So Hideous:

10. Behemoth – The Satanist
9. Alcest – Shelter
8. Mastodon – Once More ‘Round the Sun
7. Young And In The Way – When Life Comes To Death
6. Blut Aus Nord – Memoria Vetusta III: Saturnian Poetry
5. Spooky Black- Leaving
4. Blonde Redhead- Barragan
3. Nothing – Guilty of Everything
2. Antemasque – S/T
1. Interpol – El Pintor


Ali Ghorashi of Hivesmasher:

1. Gates – Bloom and Breathe
Decapitated – Blood Mantra
You + Me – Rose Ave
Old Man Gloom – The Ape of God I & II
Every Time I Die – From Parts Unknown
At the Gates – At War with Reality
Misery Index – The Killing Gods
Bane – Don’t Wait Up
Oh The Humanity – Carry Me Home
Trap Them – Blissfucker

Honorable mentions:
Damien Rice – My Favorite Faded Memory
Taylor Swift – 1989
Revocation – Deathless
Cult Leader – Nothing For Us Here
Tiger Flowers – Dead Hymns


Charles Cure of HUSH.

triptykon – melana chasmata.  this record took me by surprise just like Celtic Frost’s Monotheist did when it came out.  you would think by now i’d learn to just believe this dude puts out great records, but i am stupid.  this album is infused with a unique kind of darkness, and every time you think it is going one direction, it goes into another.  just listen to it.

torchrunner – endless nothing.  another record i didn’t think i was going to like that came roaring out of the gate pissed off and firing on all pistons. its fast, angry, its loud. a blur of blasts and feedback. kids at my high school would have called this ‘kill your parents music’ but now i think they arrest you for saying stuff like that.

walk through fire – hope is misery.  i have starkweather to thank for turning me on to this gem.  its loud, slow, filled to the brim with an impenetrable gloom. doom, but all the best that the genre has to offer.

dirge – hyperion.  like if you could combine some of the textures of nine inch nails or ministry with neurosis/isis/cult of luna, and ‘being french’  this is what you get. i loved their last album and anticipated this one a lot and it didnt let me down and continues to grow on me.

nothing – guilty of everything.  i took a trip back to 1993 and it was awesome.  this record has been reviewed a million times better than whatever i have to say about it.  its the sweet parts of MBV, smashing pumpkins, hum, etc all rolled into one convenient package.

pyrrhon – mother of virtues.  if someone stuck one of those colonoscopy cameras down your throat and then flailed and augered it around inside you like a drain snake, it would feel like listening to this record.  its a dissonant, unsettling, challenging listen that i keep coming back to.

nux vomica – s/t.  i hate the punkier side of crust.  this is not that.  this is crust made by people who don’t love GG Allin, but like neurosis more. its got all you need.  like fall of efrafa or downfall of gaia, its crust for people who, um, think about stuff…

alcest – shelter.  so pretty, so good.  this record just sounds beautiful and is a great progression from their last one.  yeah, they left metal behind, but they managed to encompass much more than genre limitations can imply as a result and made a sincere and lush sounding record, unlike some other band from last year that tried this same thing, but added terrible leather gloves into the mix.

forn – the departure of consciousness.  first, this band sounds SO HEAVY BRO. walls of fuzzy tone washing all over you like waves on a RIFF OCEAN.  really well executed gloomy doom with the tiniest twinge of stoner overtones here and there.  second, they played a show in a cave, so you know they’re trve and kvlt. its ok to get a patch and sew it on your vest or whatever.

birds of passage – this kindly slumber. i have been accused of being a fan of something termed ‘the breathy female vocal’  and yeah, maybe i am. if so, BoP really hits that sweet spot.  this is the kind of record that lulls you into a kind of pleasant dreamstate with whispery words and ethereal tones. its terminally chill.  i’ll listen to and probably love anything this lady puts out.


Cameron Miller of Seizures

Favorite LP’s

Lust For Youth – International
Future Islands – Singles
Shellac – Dude Incredible
Iceage – Plowing Into The Field of Love
Raspberry Bulbs – Privacy
Swans – To Be Kind
Colombian Necktie – Twilight Upon Us
Yautja – Songs of Descent
Run With The Hunted – The Sieve and The Sand
Divider – All Barren
Hollow Earth – Silent Graves
The Banner – Greying
Tiger Flowers – Dead Hymns
Idylls – Prayer For Terrene
Pharmakon – Bestial Burden
Silver Snakes – Year of the Snake
Creative Adult – Psychic Mess
Have A Nice Life – The Unnatural World
Single Mothers – Negative Qualities
Fucked Up – Glass Boys
Run The Jewels – 2
Gerard Way – Hesitant Alien
Brody Dalle – Diploid Love
Charli XCX – Sucker
Exalt – Pale Light

Favorite EP’s

Mossbreaker – Transmission
Teeth – Unremittance
Old Wounds – Death Projection
Left Astray – Don’t Look For Me
Lyed – Between My Claws
Cursed Graves – Western Blood
Cult Leader – Nothing For Us Here
Tharsis They – Formless Shapeless
Youth Code – A Place To Stand
Glue – Self Titled
The Coltranes – Cat of Nine Tails
Narrows/Retox Split
Everybody Row – The Sea Inside
Fuck The Facts – Abandoned
Teen Death – Crawling
Dream Ritual – EP
Kid Armor – The Outcome Replays


Jonathan Howell of Kowloon Walled City and Puig Destroyer

Johnny’s Top Albums of 2014

Wrong – EP: the dudes from Capsule who still live in Miami had their “hey what should our new band sound like” conversation and one of them said “Helmet” and everyone else was like “cool we’re done.”  (… just kidding. I have no idea). That said, this EP rules and the songs are better than anything since Aftertaste. Stoked for whatever they do next.

Dead Rider – The Raw Dents: Man… this record. Imagine if Bowie joined Portishead and they decided to write a Beefheart album. Strangely uplifting for having such bummer lyrics (“the house you came up in, burned down. Weird. SUMMAH”). This was also the best show I saw this year. Still recovering.

Drunk Dad – Ripper Killer: mean, ugly music. Makes me want to throw trash at pedestrians. 2nd best show I saw this year.

Roomrunner – Separate: awesome, hooky rock music. I end up listening to these songs on repeat a lot.

Puig Destroyer – LP: what…. it’s good.

Sturgill Simpson – Metamodern Sounds In Country Music: great country music about taking a lot of drugs. Have you ever had a man with a beautiful voice sing a song that breaks your heart? … on weed?

Sloths – EP: I don’t understand how these dudes keep getting better. There should be a ceiling dammit (old man yells at riffs). I read a cool description of the band Weakling once where the writer talked about how their songs propelled you forward in way most black metal bands couldn’t do. I feel that way about Sloths. I don’t normally seek out this kind of screamy, delayed-out hardcore but hoooollly shit do these guys do it well.

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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