ALBUM REVIEW: Petbrick – Liminal


Petbrick are the brain-melting collaboration between metal legend Iggor Cavalera (Absent In Body / Cavalera Conspiracy / ex-Sepultura) and electronic noise maker Wayne Adams (Big Lad / Wasted Death). The unique collaboration has been perfected over the last few years in Adam’s London-based Bearbiteshorse Studio, so far yielding their debut album I in 2019, and a handful of EPs and split releases.

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EP REVIEW: Sobriquet – Apothesis


 

Emerging Sheffield-based band, Sobriquet have stopped destroying the local scenes in order to create their third EP Apotheosis (Self-Released). Their previous EPs have shown their sound to be full of hardcore and choral vocals, in a similar vein to the likes of big hitters Rolo Tomassi. Are the band able to keep the momentum up with Apotheosis? Continue reading


ALBUM REVIEW: The Callous Daoboys – Celebrity Therapist


Celebrity Therapist (MNRK Heavy / Modern Static Records) is the brand new LP from the six-piece Atlanta noise merchants, who announced themselves to the world with their debut EP My Dixie Wrecked in 2017 and have since continued to consistently put out new music including the Animal Tetris EP and their acclaimed 2019 LP Die On Mars which was also re-released as an instrumental version. Continue reading


ALBUM REVIEW: Ashenspire – Hostile Architecture


Ashenspire follow up their debut album Speak Not of The Laudanum Quandary (2017) with this second release for Code666 Records. Lyrically Hostile Architecture is themed around the return of fascism in our mainstream politics, and the alienation of society created by the ever-increasing vast wealth gap between the working classes and the elite. And instrumentally the record is one of the most bizarrely original creations of music I’ve heard in some time.Continue reading


ALBUM REVIEW: The Body with OAA – Enemy of Love


Does your office or day job have that one annoying guy who wants to talk about heavy music with you because he noticed your Iron Maiden patch on your backpack? You know the guy. He’s the dude who keeps telling you about how he saw Disturbed at Ozzfest 2001 and regales you with tall tales about his exploits in the “mosh pit.” Well, next time he approaches your desk and asks what you’re jamming to do yourself a favor and throw on The Body’s latest collaboration (this time with OAA), Enemy of Love (Thrill Jockey). You’re welcome.Continue reading


ALBUM REVIEW: Lingua Ignota – Sinner Get Ready



Lingua Ignota’s music has always come with a certain duality as her first three albums cycled through the harshest Industrial textures and the most arresting Neoclassical Darkwave. However, that duality has seemingly been phased out with the release of her fourth full-length, Sinner Get Ready (Sargent House). The walls of noise are considerably subdued in comparison to past outings and the vocals are devoid of screams and distortion, leaving the songs to be primarily driven by sparse piano and organs with layers of melismatic cleans.

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Mastiff to Host Gimme Metal Special Today; New Album Incoming via eOne Records


UK blackened HC band Mastiff will host their first ever Gimme Metal guest DJ special today, Wednesday, July 7th at 5:00pm ET / 2:00pm PT. You can listen for free on the website or app and hang with the band in the chat. Their special drops in advance of their forthcoming and highly anticipated new music video for Leave Me The Ashes Of The Earth full-length via Entertainment One, due out September 10th, 2021. Created in five days at No Studio with producer Joe Clayton (Pijn, Wren, Leeched), the band’s third full-length promises to be full of ragers.

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EXCLUSIVE EP PREMIERE: Ghost Hello and Night Goat Split Release Full Stream


 

Two of the best underground bands in the US Stoner Doom/Psych/Noise scene, Ghost: Hello and Night Goat have teamed up for an awesome split release to end 2020. Dropping tomorrow, December 1st from Interstellar Smoke Records the EP contains six songs all told, the per band, per side on the vinyl. Both bands were featured on Ghost Cult’s Crushing Underground Compilation this year! This split is Ghost:Hello’s follow up to their 2019 release Color in Space, and Night Goat’s last release, their debut Milk, was dropped at this time last year. The bands bring different flavors but form a unified front on this release. Stream this majestic beast of metal right now!

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ALBUM REVIEW: MJ Guider – Sour Cherry Bell


Sour Cherry Bell (Kranky) is the second full-length release from New Orleans-based artist Melissa Guion, who releases music under the moniker MJ Guider. It primarily deals in atmosphere. Guion uses heavily processed electronic textures, often drenched in thick treacle-like reverb, to create moody and evocative soundscapes. There are synthetic drum sounds, but this is certainly not dance music. The emotion-laden washy chord sequences recall the 1980s “Gothic” music and perhaps the “shoegaze” that followed in its footsteps, but this is music that doesn’t fit neatly into any category. Many of the sound-worlds have a lush warmth which lends them a meditative quality, but there is also an unsettling element of tension, as though dissonance and harmony are in competition with each other. Guion’s voice is tender and graceful and with it, she weaves flowing melodies. But the voice is often intentionally distant – buried in the mix and concealed by long reverb tails. It feels as though Guion has intentionally engineered a situation where opposing elements battle it out for dominance. These songs could have been presented in a radio-friendly indie package, but instead, the melodies and words only just lift their heads above the walls of noise that encase them. It takes audacity and boldness to attempt this sort of approach which flouts so many of the accepted rules of composition and music production. It seems that Guion was pushing the boundaries of her creativity and her tools: “I was curious to see how far I could go with them, even if that meant reaching the ends of their capacity to do what I wanted.”Continue reading


ALBUM REVIEW: Many Blessings – Emanation Body


Ethan McCarthy‘s myriad recordings under his classification of ‘Noise’ are what many of us might name Harsh Ambient or Ambient Drone. Dystopian, disturbian, yet with elements of clarity that break through the crushing sound (and occasional soundbites of sex), many fans will have encountered these often challenging passages through his work with Primitive Man and here with his solo project Many Blessings. Sophomore album Emanation Body (Translation Loss Records) embraces more atmospheric airs whilst retaining much of that visceral anger.Continue reading