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.

PUIG DESTROYER Streaming New Track “Attrition”

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Our favorite baseball-grinders Puig Destroyer (Kowloon Walled City, Thrice, Curl Up and Die) have premiered another new track from their forthcoming self-titled debut over at Stereogum. The new track is the 34 second punch in the stomach “Attrition” whose catchy low-end riffs will keep you coming back for more punishment. Take multiple listens to the micro-jam over at Stereogum now.

Puig Destroyer will be released next Tuesday, September 30th, via No Sleep Records. In case you missed them, stream the previously released tracks “Mike Trout”“No One Cares About Your Fantasy Team” and “Batflip”.

PUIG DESTROYER Detail Self-Titled Full Length, Stream New Track

Puig Destroyer

Everyone’s favorite baseball-themed grindcore outfit, Puig Destroyer (Kowloon Walled City, Thrice, Curl Up and Die), have detailed their forthcoming self-titled full length and follow up to their self-titled and Wait for Spring EPs (which can be streamed here). The new album will be released on September 30th, the first day of MLB post-season, through No Sleep Records and will feature 20 new tracks. One of the new tracks, closing number “Mike Trout”, can be streamed exclusively over at Metal Sucks. Go check out the track, pre-order the record and check out the artwork and track listing after the break.

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PUIG DESTROYER Working On New Full Length

Everyone’s favorite baseball-themed grindcore outift, Puig Destroyer (Thrice, Curl Up and Die, Kowloon Walled City), are currently at work on their debut full length. The group announced on Facebook that they have already demoed 15 songs for the forthcoming effort. No word on an actual release date just yet. In the mean time, you can stream their previously released EPs after the break.

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Explosion! Lava!: BATILLUS Streaming MINISTRY Cover

BATTILUS WALLED CITYRemember that rad Kowloon Walled City cover of Godflesh‘s “Anthem” that Lane posted about? Well, as you know that was part of a two-song split 7″ between Kowloon and Batillus. I bring up this fact because now Batillus is streaming their side of the split, a cover of Ministry‘s “Lava.”

I think this cover is pretty rad and it blows the hell out of Limp Bizkit‘s recent Ministry “cover“. Like Kowloon‘s cover which featured Batillus‘ vocalist Fade Kainer, this cover features Kowloon‘s Scott Evans. Check out the cover of “Lava” over here on Metalsucks and peep the original after the jump.        Continue reading

KOWLOON WALLED CITY Streaming Godflesh Cover

Kowloon Walled City/Batillus - Anthem/Lava

Brutal Panda Records will be releasing a fine new split 7″ between the fine merchants of polarizing sludge Kowloon Walled City and Batillus. The A-side will be comprised of Kowloon Walled City’s cover of Godflesh’s “Anthem” and the B-side will feature Batillus’ cover of Ministry’s “Lava”. Both tracks feature vocals from the opposite band; Scott Evans (KWC) on “Lava” and Fade Kainer (Batillus) on “Anthem”. Stereogum has premiered Kowloon’s massive  Godflesh cover for the annihilation of your ear canals. Head over there to stream it and listen to the original song after the break.

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Prowler In The Outfield: PUIG DESTROYER Premiere Two New Tracks

Puig Destroyer (Thrice, Curl Up & Die, Kowloon Walled City) have premiered TWO new tracks from their forthcoming EP, Wait for Spring, which will be available next Tuesday November 19th on the band’s Bandcamp page. These fast, raw, baseball themed jams are entitled “Play The Game (The Right Way” and “First to Third” and will be two of the eight monstrosities featured on the new EP. Follow the links to the respective songs above, you know you want to.


Bases Loaded: PUIG DESTROYER Announce New EP

Obviously the surprise of the year has to go to Puig Destroyer; the baseball themed grindcore outfit featuring members of Kowloon Walled City, Thrice and Curl Up & Die. Hot on the heels of their self-titled EP that was released earlier this year, the band have announced the release of a new EP entitled Wait for Spring. It is due to be available for free digital download on Tuesday, November 19th. I know you are stoked! To prepare yourself, check out the debut EP after the break.

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I Had A Week Back: GNARLY’s Weekend Playlist For Your Listening Pleasure

WeekendplaylistWith the weekend here already, my posting won’t be as steady as it is throughout the week. Why, you ask? Because I have a full-time job that keeps me quite busy throughout the weekend. This weekend, I have put something together for all of you! Today I have compiled a playlist of a lot of the shit I’ve been listening to it lately. A lot of this list isn’t exactly “metal,” but fuck it. Maybe you’ll find something new (or old) that you dig. Let’s see, we got some Thrice, Set Fire To Flames, Sunny Day Real Estate, Tegan And Sara, Glassjaw, Kowloon Walled City and more! There are a total of sixty tracks on this playlist and this is what will be keeping me sane all weekend. Enjoy.     Continue reading

Stop Fucking Bunting!: PUIG DESTROYER Streaming Debut EP

The newly formed baseball themed grindcore outfit Puig Destroyer (Thrice, Kowloon Walled City, Curl Up and Die), have uploaded their debut six track EP to their Bandcamp page for your streaming pleasure. As expected, these six tracks are raw, chaotic and just fun to jam to. Pig Destroyer would be proud and I assume Yasiel Puig would be too. Stream the new EP after the jump and pre-order the 7″ vinyl at this location.

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PUIG DESTROYER Release First Single

Yesterday we told you about Puig Destroyer, the new humorously baseball-themed grindcore project that features members of Thrice, Kowloon Walled City and Curl Up and Die. The band has released the first taste of new music on their Bandcamp page; a forty-eight second track entitled “One Man, Five Tools”. It’s just what I hoped it would be; loud, raw and noisy as hell. You can stream the track after break and stay tuned for more details on their pending debut five song EP.

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Take Me Out To The Grindcore Show: Members Of THRICE, KOWLOON WALLED CITY And CURL UP & DIE Involved In Grindcore Project

Grindcore and baseball appear to go hand in hand. Who would have guessed? Riley Breckenridge of Thrice, Ian Miller and Jonathan Howell of Kowloon Walled City, and Mike Minnick of Curl UP & Die have announced their involvement in a new baseball themed grindcore project. The project has reportedly been dubbed Puig Destroyer after Yasiel Puig of the Los Angeles Dodgers and obviously good ol’ Pig Destroyer. Here is the official word from Riley himself:

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Exclusive Interview: KOWLOON WALLED CITY’s Scott Evans

If you are looking for a musical act whose sound could only be described as “gargantuan”, then I think Kowloon Walled City is your best bet. Kowloon Walled City’s most recent effort, Container Ships, came to me at a time when I needed it most. I was on a desperate search for a record that sounded huge and heavy but also have unique characteristics that would keep my attention. Needless to say, Container Ships was that record and it absolutely blew me away. In the midst of a Kowloon Walled City high, I contacted guitarist/vocalist Scott Evans to chat about the band and their new record. 

-Lane Oliver

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