ALBUM REVIEW: Dropdead – Dropdead 2020

Punk music continues to be the most outspoken genre of heavy music in terms of political/social issues. This is no different from the hardcore punk/grindcore outfit known simply as Dropdead. Formed back at the beginning of 1991 and has released many recordings over the years, this is only the third studio album, however, it has come about in perfect timing. Simply titled Dropdead 2020 (Armageddon), is a twenty-four-minute sonic attack on all things evil such as the ever-growing right-wing extremists, animal abuse, and overall human stupidity.

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EXCLUSIVE ALBUM PREMIERE: Tuscoma – “Discourse”

New Zealand’s Blackened Crust Punks Tuscoma will release their new album, Discourse, tomorrow, April 24th, 2020. The album is the follow-up to their well-regarded 2018 release Arkhitecturenominus. The two-piece band creates bruising, bleak musical tomes of a punished existence, and Discourse is the next chapter in their story. Recorded at Studio 11b Mount Maunganui, NZ and Engineered and Produced by Chris Johnson, who also performed bass guitar on the album. The record was Mixed and Mastered by the great Jack Shirley at The Atomic Garden Oakland California, USA. Stream the full album now at their Bandcamp page.

https://tuscoma.bandcamp.com/album/discourse-2

Tuscoma is:

Joe Wright – Drums

Kurt Williams – Vox-Guitar

Additional:

Chris Johnson plays Bass on Discourse

 

EXCLUSIVE PREMIERE: Alpha-o-MAGA – “Americunt”

Coming from the American Heartland, Alpha-o-MAGA is a grindcore band in the great tradition of reactionaries and outsiders such as grind pioneers such as Napalm Death, Terrorizer, and modern crust punk. Absurdist, furious but surgical, Alpha-o-MAGA is a fist the face of hypocrisy and sycophants. The band has dropped their new video for their new single ‘Americunt’, the latest screed in their prime directive to “Make America Grind Again”! Continue reading

ALBUM REVIEW: ColdClaw – Anti-Martyr: Decades to Suffer

While much of the press materials that came along with ColdClaw‘s Anti-Martyr: Decades to Suffer (Ritual Sound Records) drive the point home about this California act dealing in Black Metal and Crust, I found that description a bit lacking. Yes, there’s gnarly black metal guitar licks all over the album but I’m detecting trace bits of Melodic Death Metal, Hardcore and perhaps some Thrash as well. Continue reading

ALBUM REVIEW: Cloud Rat – Pollinator

Cloud Rat has something to say, and if you’re not willing to lend an ear they’re just going to play louder and faster until they get your attention. No, there are rarely any moments that allow for you to catch your breath on Pollinator (Artoffact Records) so know from the rip that these Michiganders intend to keep your head submerged in gray waters for about thirty minutes. Continue reading

Fury – Failed Entertainment

I remember hearing Fury for the first time way back when in the dark recesses of time, well 2016 to be exact, look I’m getting old and it all gets a bit blurry, ok!?! Anyway, their debut record Paramount (Triple B Records) was released to little fanfare but quickly grew in popularity in underground circles. Sophomore release Failed Entertainment (Run For Cover Records) is here and to say that it’s long-awaited would be an understatement. Way more outlets are now looking at Fury as a band to watch out for this year. Continue reading

Mastiff – Plague

For the better part of the past six years, Hull’s Mastiff has been slowly festering in the underbelly of the UK’s underground scene. A handful of demos and 2016’s Wrank set expectations for the band to become mainstays of any grotty pub or club gig you’d care to attend, and Plague (APF Records) continues their trend of spreading as much abject misery as musically possible. Continue reading

Death Metal Round Up: Cast The Stone, Stillbirth, Siege Of Power, Monstrosity And More

It may have taken thirteen years to follow-up their sole release, but with a cast that includes Misery Index, Cattle Decapitation and Scour alumni, the trials of time can be forgiven with Cast The Stone, and new EP release Empyrean Atrophy (Agonia) shows that this band has a lot more worth than simply being a side dabbling for them. Continue reading

Mutilation Rites – Chasm

Brooklyn, New York, based black metallers Mutilation Rites are a name that have been making somewhat of a buzz in some extreme metal and underground circles. Far from being a necessarily revolutionary band, Mutilation Rites’ sound has been predominantly old school based; being raw, frantic and evil sounding; but they have always felt genuine and backed up with quality. Continue reading

Abstracter – Cinereous Incarnate

Neil Gaiman once wrote in Sandman: Season of Mists that “hell is something you carry around with you, not somewhere you go” and with Cinereous Incarnate (I, Voidhanger et al), Abstracter aim to ensure that the feeling of your own personal hell is something that stays with you throughout the remainder of the year. Continue reading