Hello again, fellow Aftermathers! My prolonged absence from the American Aftermath world officially ends NOW with this penultimate annual post, a small but personally necessary pittance to the plentiful albums and artists that sustained me throughout this most bountiful year in extreme music. The following thirty item list reflects full-length albums only with an aural adherence to the hardcore and powerviolence realms as per my listening habits this year. A ton of awesome death metal revivals as well as resurgences from other notables in the general metal realm happened this year (Gorguts, Carcass, The Dillinger Escape Plan, Ulcerate etc.) of which I listened(or rather actively listened) to practically NONE. I simply wasn’t feeling it at this year and intend to return to survey these releases at another time. Thanks to the Aftermath crew especially Ross Gnarly, Lane “The Machine” Oliver, and Josh Huddleston, the bands and musicians, and last but not least, you, the readers! Peep the list after the jump. Continue reading
The long coming sophomore effort from Los Angeles metallic hardcore outfit Twitching Tongues, In Love There Is No Law, is currently streaming now exclusively via Lambgoat. More diverse, dynamic and venturous, In Love There Is No Law is the next step in Twitching Tongues’s evolution towards becoming a more unique and seamless metal/hardcore hybrid. Is it a firm step or one that flops? Wait for the imminent review to find out. In Love There Is No Law hits the streets August 20th and can be pre-ordered as vinyl or CD via Closed Casket Activities now. Check out the stream here.
Twitching Tongues are currently streaming a new track entitled “World War V” off of their upcoming August 20th expected sophomore album, In Love There Is No Law, exclusively over at Decibel. Paying homage to the Pete Steele helmed Carnivore not only in title, “World War V” is further proof of the evolution and smoothed metallic integration of the Southern California group, a cohesive double-bass drum backed modicum of fury and doomish melody. Check out the track here and pre-order In Love There Is No Law via Closed Casket Activities here.
Twitching Tongues have recently announced dates for a Fall tour in support of their imminent sophomore full length, In Love There Is No Law. The month-long tour will hit more than thirty cities across the U.S. and Canada and will see direct support incoming from Downpresser and Angel Du$t, with Turnstile due to drop in mid-tour and the legendary Stigmata set to enter the fray for the last couple of California dates as well. Peep the full tour details above and a music video for In Love There Is No Law’s title track below. In Love There Is No Law is due out August 20 by way of Closed Casket Activities.
Los Angeles, CA’s unique metallic hardcore hybrid, Twitching Tongues, are back with the Joel Perkins-helmed video debut of “In Love There Is No Law”. With a sharper metallic edge and a greater sense of progressive control, “In Love There Is No Law” bodes well as the first strike off of the group’s long-awaited, August expected sophomore LP of the same name and arrives now as a limited to 500 7″ Picture Disc single with exclusive B-Side, able to be ordered as a stand-alone, as a limited shirt package or digitally via iTunes. Stream the video for “In Love There Is No Law” below and order the 7″ Single via Closed Casket Activities here. Also, be sure to catch Twitching Tongues on their upcoming European tour with Harm’s Way later this month, dates also below. A live shot video of another new Twitching Tongues track entitled “World War V” is also included after the jump.
Aside from a few tours, Chicago, Illinois hardcore group Harm’s Way have been relatively quiet since the release of 2011′s devastating Isolation. That silence has been broken. The recently Deathwish-signed group will have a new EP entitled “Blinded” out soon. Recorded at Bricktop Studios with engineer Andy Nelson(Weekend Nachos), Blinded features five tracks of what are said to be the band’s heaviest and most exploratory material yet. The full track listing as well as album artwork, by the mighty Florian Bertmer(Converge, Pig Destroyer, etc.) can be viewed below with release date and pre-order info soon to follow. In the meantime, mark your calenders for Harm’s Way on their upcoming European Summer tour with peers Twitching Tongues and I Exist, dates below. Continue reading
Winnipeg melodic hardcore heavyweights Comeback Kid are set to embark on an eleven date tour throughout May and June to celebrate the 10th Anniversary of their debut album Turn It Around with performances again featuring original vocalist, Scott Wade. Setlists will heavily feature tracks from Turn It Around as well as their celebrated sophomore LP, Wake The Dead. Support will come from Bitter End and Suburban Scum or Alpha & Omega and Twitching Tongues on select dates, full details below. Continue reading
Atlanta Georgia’s hardcore staple Foundation will be touring with Santa Barbara fierce metallic hardcore act Harness for a short nine date stint across West Coast U.S. in March. Depending on the date you attend, along for the ride are will either be Vancouver, BC’s Gravemaker and LA’s Twitching Tongues. The kick off date will feature different openers than the aforementioned support acts: Chad Gilbert and Souvenirs. Peep the full tour details below. Credits to GlueHC for the dates. Continue reading
Hardcore/metal stalwarts Twitching Tongues, whom I was introduced to last year, are planning a slew of things for 2013. The band has announced a new full-length, a split with Wisdom In Chains as well as a short tour with the likes of Nails, Death Threat and Incendiary. Sounds like loads of fun, eh kids? Continue reading
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.
“We have such sights to show you!” – Hellraiser, 1987
Welcome to the second 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. Three satanic passages await you in the cryptic chasm…after the jump. Continue reading
There’s a free awesome hardcore compilation of unknown origin floating around called The Outsiders Volume One. The compilation features unreleased material from Old Wounds, Ancient Shores, and Astronomer while featuring recent tunes from bands like Twitching Tongues, Apart, Raindance, Sleepwalkers, Casting Curses, Mountain Man and The Teeth. Stream it and download below.
Metallic hardcore group, Twitching Tongues, have just released a video for the song “Preacher Man” off of their latest EP of the same name. Shot entirely in black and white, the beautifully lighted video for “Preacher Man” is basically a well shot performance video with some cool effects and occasional allusions to the theme of the song. A song which according to an interview with John Hoffman/Caution of Weekend Nachos(in his zine Spilled Blood) is about how the mother of brother members Colin and Taylor left their father for a priest. Stream the awesome video below, pick up the EP from Closed Casket Activities here and be sure to catch Twitching Tongues on their upcoming and officially weirdest tour with Veil of Maya, The Acacia Strain, Upon A Burning Body and Volumes(dates below). Also, Keith At Chain. Continue reading
Set to shoot off sometime around Thanksgiving is this massive co-headlining tour between progressive metallers Veil of Maya and chug fest deathcore giants The Acacia Strain. While I can’t say that VoM or Acacia Strain are in my relevant interests, their latest and most recent albums were decent and enjoyable listens in my personal opinion. Support for the tour comes in directly from San Antonio deathcore act, Upon A Burning Body, LA djenters Volumes, and from out of fucking nowhere, LA metallic hardcore act, Twitching Tongues. And so this tour has something for everyone, something for the half way prog metal, half way deathcore crowd, something for the straight up deathcore crowd, something for those up and coming djenters, and something for the no-bullshit hardcore crowd. Check out the dates after the jump courtesy of Metal Injection. Continue reading
Set to debut August 21st via Closed Casket Activities, Twitching Tongues’s upcoming 7″ EP, Preacher Man, is shaping up to be possibly the most brutal offering from the group. Coming off as the second track on the release, “Feed Your Disease” is currently streaming on the band’s YouTube page. Stream the pit-starter of a track above and pre-order the EP here. Also, be sure to catch the group at any of their tourdates below.
8/24 Oakland, CA @ 924 Gilman w/ Sworn Vengeance, Downpresser, Creatures
8/25 Anaheim, CA @ Chain Reaction w/ Sworn Vengeance, Downpresser, Creatures
9/1 Camarillo, CA @ Rock City Studios w/ Downpresser, Soul Search
9/18 Reno NV @ Holland Project w/ Ill Intent
9/20 San Jose CA @ The Beat w/ Ill Intent
9/21 Pomona CA @ Aladdin Jr w/ Ill Intent & Disgrace
9/22 Phoenix AZ @ Nile Theater (Within These Walls Fest)
9/23 Las Vegas NV @ East Side Joes w/ Ill Intent & Disgrace