Those who’ve known me for some time will have had their ears blunted by my constant praise for Birmingham, UK Industrial Doom duo Khost. Equal parts sampled violence, malevolent strings and vocal apocalypse, beautiful Eastern lamentations often deflect from that harsh path and create a nuance flavoured by the likes of VAST and Moby. Their fourth album Buried Steel (Cold Spring Records) sees a band now truly at ease with its style, happy to have edgy two-minute psalms populating a set in the knowledge that they serve a purpose for the whole.
It’s a fascinating time to be in the Code Orange camp. It’s been a little over three years since the bruising Forever stormed the Metallic Hardcore gates and they’re finally releasing the proper follow-up, Underneath (Roadrunner) to a hungry world. And the hype is certainly a factor. Continue reading
The more disparate aspects influence a band, the more it’s able to grow. Psalm Zero‘s music prior to the new album Sparta (Last Things Records) was all aggravated Indie, the tunes given an edge by guitarist Andrew Hock. With his departure and the subsequent recruitment of Kayo Dot pairing Keith Abrams and Ron Vodun, remaining founder member Charlie Looker has added a warmer, heavier feel to the Grungey lightness and this, together with a tantalising contribution from Lingua Ignota‘s Kristin Hayter, makes the album an enticing prospect. Continue reading
Well, I had a completely different set of expectations heading into Loathe‘s I Let It in and It Took Everything (SharpTone Records). See, one of my co-DJs on my radio show Stress Factor (cheap plug) had played ‘Gored’ and ‘Broken Vision Rhythm’ a few weeks back so I thought I was headed face-first into a sea of gnarly down-tuned Hardcore riffs with some Industrial elements tossed in for good measure. Not quite. Continue reading
Code Orange has booked a U.S. headline tour set to get underway this spring. The “Underneaththeskin_ Tour”, which is set to kick off March 30 in Boston, Massachusetts, will feature special guests Show Me The Body, Jesus Piece, Year Of The Knife and Machine Girl. Pre-sale tickets will be available today, January 21 at 12:00 p.m. PT to Citi card members, with additional artist pre-sales beginning Wednesday, January 22 at 10:00 a.m. local time. All remaining tickets will go on sale Friday, January 24 at 10:00 a.m. local time. The band is dropping their highly-anticipated new album Underneath on March 13 via Roadrunner Records. Continue reading
US Sludge experimentalists The Body make such a habit of collaborative projects that one would think the duo aren’t overly happy in each other’s company. Everything That Dies Someday Comes Back (Sacred Bones Records) is the second such outing with US Industrial noiseniks Uniform and it contains every dystopian soundscape you’d expect. Continue reading
Rising Gothic Metal band Her Despair is back with a new album, Exorcisms of Eroticism, out this Friday, November 22nd. Following their excellent EP Mournography, the band has returned with more of their signature gloomy, synth-driven sound, combing the tortured dark depths of their souls for your listening pleasure. Ghost Cult is psyched to bring you the full new album stream from this band, so purchase and listen to one of the best late 2019 releases right now! Continue reading