Review: FULL OF HELL & MERZBOW – “Full Of Hell & Merzbow”


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

PRIMITIVE MAN Release Free Single “Loathe”


Denver, CO mammothian doom unit Primitive Man have released a new eleven minute crusher entitled “Loathe” for free streaming and download. The track is the second in a series of sponsored releases between Flatline Audio Studios and Trve Brewing and is expected to be part of Primitive Man’s as-of-yet untitled upcoming EP, due this Winter on Relapse Records. Stream “Loathe” below and download it free here. Continue reading



Late yesterday famed doom metal group Electric Wizard posted a flyer on their Facebook page indicating a new record would be coming this year. The flyer does not specify a title or release date, but the band later posted what appears to be a scan of some kind of magazine article describing the as yet untitled release. Jus Oborn describes the new record as “primitive,” “morbid,” and “death obsessed.” That’s just what I like to hear, considering that I wasn’t a huge fan of the washed out heavy psych direction the band took with Black Masses nearly four years ago. Here’s hoping for some nice, bassy riffs you can smoke it out to on this new one. Links to these respective facebook posts after the jump.

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INDIAN Streaming New Track “Directional”


Long running sludge/doom outfit Indian are ringing in the new year’s gloom just right with the premiere of a new track entitled “Directional”, off of their long-awaited and upcoming fifth full length LP, From All Purity. Currently streaming exclusively over at Invisible Oranges HQ, “Directional” is a six minute trudging journey into hypnotic bleakness with rolling doom riffs canvassed across a sea of piercing power electronics and amongst some of the group’s most scathing vocal recordings to date. Drone out to the new buzz here, check out the first tease “Rhetoric Of No” here, and pre-order From All Purity via Relapse Records here.

The record hits North American shores the 21st of January, Germany/Benelux/Finland on the 17th and the rest of the world on the 20th.


Straight To The Point: Quick Review of SOKUSHINBUTSU’s “Holy Ground”

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Formed out of the remnants of the late and great Lapse and Eddie Brock comes Sokushinbutsu, a new Baltimore based group so accurately self-described as “not metal dudes playing death metal”. Presenting death metal strained through the filters of hardcore, powerviolence, grindcore and d-beat, Sokushinbutsu assault with a bite not ill-compared to the more recent iterations of Mammoth Grinder and Hatred Surge on their debut demo Holy Ground, albeit sustained with a bit more focus. In accordance with the aforementioned groups and in contrast to the dirgy death metal archetype, Holy Ground’s tracks run short and sweet with the majority of tracks running under two minutes, however, the tonality and vocals remain firmly ingrained in doomed out death metal, making the group’s excursions and diversions into their more familiar genres seem just that, extremely moshable “additives” to an already firm death metal base. Holy Ground is currently available for streaming below and free download via Sokushinbutsu’s official bandcamp here. Follow Sokushinbutsu through their official Facebook here and be sure to lookout for a tape version via Arctic Night Records soon as well as a full length from these maniacs on the horizon.


Rating: 9/10
Label: Self-released
Release Date: September 23rd, 2013
Favorite Track: “Nail Through The Immortal Hand”
For Fans Of: Coffins, Mammoth Grinder, Hatred Surge

Review: NORTHLESS- “World Keeps Sinking”

Epic just doesn’t cut it when it comes to describing the latest LP from sludge metal merchants Northless. The soundtrack to you being trampled by a rampaging herd of rhinos still only just begins to describe the monumental sounds issuing forth from this band. At times oppressively slow while at other times angular in their riffing, Northless is never boring.

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HARM’S WAY Debut New Video “Mind Control”/Announce Pre-Orders

Artwork for Blinded by Florian Bertmer

Artwork for Blinded by Florian Bertmer

After nearly two years of silence, Harm’s Way have debuted a video for a new track entitled “Mind Control”, off of their upcoming EP, Blinded. Directed by Max Moore Films, “Mind Control” provides a cryptic visual counterpart to a devastating new slice of the group’s menacing signature brand of metallic hardcore. Stream the video for “Mind Control” below and pre-order Blinded in Vinyl or CD format via Deathwish Inc. here. Check out an interview I recently did with guitarist Bo Lueders here, where we go into some of the background behind Blinded, touring in Europe and more.  Continue reading

CRYPTIC PASSAGES Volume Eleven: The California Love Edition

“It’s all in the hips.” – Happy Gilmore, 1996

Welcome to the eleventh edition of Cryptic Passages, a weekly hopefully-weekly column in which I, Eric Nguyen, will be presenting for your torture, some of the most brutal, unrelenting, and hate drenched pieces of audio I’ve found journeying through the misanthropic plains of the internet. This week’s special re-summoning of the Cryptic Passages column brings with it a local focus, on bands from my neck of this circle of hell, Southern California. For now, I return to my place on the altar of sacrifice and offer you three fresh kills…after the jump.  Continue reading

FULL OF HELL To Stream Sophomore LP In Full Tomorrow/Commence Pre-Orders



Tomorrow at 11 a.m. EST, Full Of Hell’s long-awaited sophomore LP, Rudiments Of Mutilation, will be streaming in full exclusively over at Terrorizer.  In addition, pre-orders for the record will be up at A389 Recordings’s webstore. Numb your mind at the multiple tour outings Full Of Hell have to offer with allies Gehenna, Integrity, Code Orange Kids and more, full details here.

FULL OF HELL Finish Recording Sophomore LP


According to a recent Facebook update, Full of Hell have officially finished recording their as of yet untitled sophomore LP. The band returned to record with Kevin Bernstein at Baltimore’s Developing Nations this part Thursday and are expected to release the record through A389 Recordings later this year. The sophomore effort derives from the varied and experimental approaches the band has taken through their previous splits this year(Code Orange Kids, Calm The Fire, the guilt 0f…) and will see the group up-taking more grind and noise influences. Stay tuned for updates. Stream a live video of the band on one of their latest tour ventures(12/10/2012; Pomona; Aladdin Jrs.) with Code Orange Kids and GAZA below exclusively via CVLT Nation. A new song expected to be on the upcoming album is played at 4:50.

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SEVEN SISTERS OF SLEEP Streaming New Track; “Announce” Track Listing For Opium Morals



Occult doom outfit Seven Sisters Of Sleep are currently streaming a new track entitled “Reaper Christ”, which is set to debut on the group’s upcoming 2013 sophomore full length record, Opium Morals. “Reaper Christ” sees the group assault with their usual sledgehammer to the jawline sludge whilst adding a bite of speed for extra damage. Stream “Reaper Christ” and try to decipher the A389’s recently leaked “track listing” for Opium Morals after the jump.  Continue reading

CRYPTIC PASSAGES Volume Three Double Sized Post


“We have such sights to show you!” – Hellraiser, 1987

Welcome to the third edition of Cryptic Passages, a weekly column in which I, Eric Nguyen, will be presenting for your torture, some of the most brutal, unrelenting, and hate drenched pieces of audio I’ve found journeying through the misanthropic plains of the internet. As promised by the lack of a posting last week, we now have a double sized edition this week. Six satanic passages await you in the cryptic chasm…after the jump. Continue reading