Review: KOWLOON WALLED CITY – “Grievances”

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Although the band has been active for a little while now, Kowloon Walled City didn’t make huge waves in the heavy music community until the release of Container Ships in 2012. While its predecessor, Gambling on The Richter Scale, was a fine piece of forward-thinking sludge metal, it was Container Ship‘s pairing of towering sludge and noise rock aesthetic and its crisp yet punishing production that it made it a favorite among metal fans and music journalists alike. The album was a unique take on the sludge and doom genres and left everyone that came in contact with it craving more. Afterwards, the Californians went into hiding to craft and perfect the follow-up to their critically-lauded sophomore LP. Kowloon Walled City finally emerged from their studio lair this year to unleash Grievances, their long-awaited third full-length and product of nearly three years of writing. Grievances takes the foundation of Container Ships and creates something new yet familiar out of it. With this new recording, the San Francisco quartet continues to be ahead of the game.

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KOWLOON WALLED CITY Stream New Album “Grievances”

KWC - GrievancesSlow-and-steady craftsmen Kowloon Walled City always end up releasing some of my favorite albums of the year. I mean, these dudes are magical and their music is so fucking good. This is clearly evident on the bands most recent effort Grievances, which you can stream right now if you’re in the mood for awesome. Click on over and stream this bad boy after the jump.     Continue reading

KOWLOON WALLED CITY Streaming New Track “Grievances”

Kowloon Walled City have premiered the title track from their upcoming album, Grievances, at Decibel. “Grievances” is a lurching, six-minute beast that stomps steadily through bulky bass lines and melodic, towering guitars. Guitarist/vocalist Scott Evans offered the following comments regarding the track:

“The song ‘Grievances’ started with the investment bankers who threw a cocktail party overlooking an Occupy protest, and ended up at a 1911 shirt factory fire where dozens of employees died because the owners had locked the exits and stairwells. The album cover is related in some ways—look up Lewis Hine’s photography from the early 1900s.”

Check out the track now.

Grievances will be released on October 9 via Neurot Recordings. Pre-order here.

KOWLOON WALLED CITY Streaming New Track “Backlit”

One of my favorite bands of the last few years has definitely got to be Kowloon Walled City. This band creates beautiful, sludgy soundscapes that blend many different genres and always deliver. The bands new record Grievances will see it’s release next month and the band has just unloaded the albums debut single. The track is titled “Backlit” and it is absolutely amazing. Kowloon are going to kill it this year.      Continue reading

KOWLOON WALLED CITY Announce New Album “Grievances”

KWC - GrievancesYeah. I’m gonna go ahead and call Kowloon Walled City‘s Grievances as one of the best albums of the year. Nope. Haven’t heard a single second from the album, but I know from past experiences that this album will wreck the fucking shop. Kowloon are one of my favorite bands in the last 15 years and they absolutely kill it over and over. The band has announced that Grievances will be released on October 9th via Neurot and you can check out the track list after the jump. Get excite.     Continue reading

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