SPINE are a hardcore group based out of Kansas City, MO and Chicago, IL, consisting of current and former members of Weekend Nachos, Harm’s Way, SorryXExcuse, Blindside USA, Kicked In, Last Laugh and Keef Mountain. Despite maintaining a part-time status, the group have managed to enjoy a rich career since their debut in 2011. They’ve carved out a viable live reputation, released a split with legendary Chicago maniacs The Repos, have entered the lexicon of contemporary musician/stand-up comedians and have been part of plans by Mikhail Gorbachev to be sent to the moon. With the recent release of their debut LP, Time Has Gone, I had the opportunity to talk with their lead vocalist, Antonio Marquez about all of the above in addition to quips about the record, arm-wrestling with Zero Progress (R.I.P.) Matt “The Champ” Saincome, acting, socks, Pepsi, gwapes, communism, making the best of lyrical content and barbecue.
Two of the strongest up-and-coming powerviolence/fastcore bands decide to team up and release a 7″ together, you say? 9 songs in less than 8 minutes, you say?
Please, go on.
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
Formerly intended to be a one-off joke project, the 2013 borne baseball-themed grindcore project Puig Destroyer (members of Thrice, Curl Up And Die and Kowloon City) have furthered their foray into the serious with the release of their debut self-titled LP, out today on No Sleep Records and currently streaming over at No Sleep’s official Soundcloud page and below. The appropriately 20 song, 24 minutes long effort is the band’s most refined effort to date, touching over subjects such as Halos’ MVP outfielder Mike Trout, former Angel outfielder Mark Trumbo and distaste for fantasy football shenanigans and was written in the hope that an additional twenty tracks of baseball-themed mayhem still makes “any sense to anyone”. Stream Puig Destroyer by Puig Destroyer below and pick up the record on digital download via No Sleep Records here. 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.
Western Massachusetts noisy powerviolence act No Faith are currently streaming their long-awaited EP, Dead Weight, in full. Written around the time of the group’s 2012 Painkiller Records debut LP, the tracks have undergone nearly three years of refining. Stream Dead Weight in full below and purchase the record on digital download here or on vinyl via Clean Plate Records here. Continue reading
Chula Vista powerviolence/hardcore act Impulse have released their latest 7″ LP (no, really), Burning Points, for streaming and free download via their official bandcamp. Featuring seventeen tracks, of which seven have been pulled and re-recorded from their split earlier this year with local peers Sleep Walk, Burning Points sees the Chula Vista group experimenting with a more subtle production to compliment their chaotic style. Stream the album below and download it along with Impulse’s past releases free here.
Buffalo, NY prolific drum and bass powerviolence specialists Water Torture are currently streaming their debut LP, Pillbox, the first of two full-length releases set for this year (with the latter poised to be unleashed via the mighty To Live A Lie Records), directly over at label Nerve Altar’s official bandcamp. The 17 track blown-out-to-fuck opus comes ready NOW for immediate “pay what you want” digital download and pre-order via vinyl with a ship date of mid-to-late August. Additionally, the Buffalo trio have announced future split releases with Witchcult and God’s America, according to a late 2013 interview with grindcore e-zine Don’t Be Swindle and are set to embark on a UK/European tour later this month with peers KnifedOutOfExistence and Gunfinger. Stream Pillbox alongside full details for the tour below and pre-order the record via Nerve Altar here if you enjoyed it.
Western Massachusetts noisy powerviolence act No Faith (members of SQRM, Vaccine) are currently streaming two new tracks off of their long awaited July-expected EP, Dead Weight. Written around the time of the group’s dizzying 2012 Painkiller debut LP, the eight track Dead Weight has undergone nearly three years of refinement and forging. Stream the two new tracks via No Faith’s official bandcamp below, look out for the group’s upcoming LP with MA locals Noise Nomads in the near future and stay locked into the band’s BigCartel page here for pre-orders soon. Continue reading
So Cal powerviolence wunderkinds FISSURE have solidified the schedule for their upcoming summer West Coast Tour. Tour dates and poster after the break.
This review is far from unbiased. I confess I’ve booked this band before so I can personally attest to their awesomeness. But biased or not this review will give light to one of the most promising up-and-coming punk acts in So Cal or anywhere.
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.
My attention was first alerted to the existence of Boddicker last fall when I was tasked with the responsibility of reviewing their split with Kata Sarka. I was immediately impressed with the unbridled fury Boddicker was able to contain in each of their songs so I was very much interested in reviewing their latest release, an EP entitled False Flag.