The Roadburn Festival, the world première event for all things heavy, diverse, avant-garde, and underground begins today in Tilburg, NL at various venues, under the watchful eye of founder Walter Hoeijmakers. John Dyer Baizley of Baroness curates this years’ fest and performs with his band as well. The fest is nearly a sellout with some limited tickets available for Sunday. Full details below. Continue reading →
It’s not a bad time for the American Black Metal scene. Seems like every year we’re getting superb releases from upstarts and institutions like Leviathan, Krallice, Nachtmystium (RIP), Wolves In The Throne Room, Vattnet Viskar, and dare I say, Deafheaven. Woe, and their latest album, Hope Attrition (Vendetta) are no exception to this budding tradition. Continue reading →
This year’s Roadburn Festival just gets better and better. The fest has now added twenty new bands such as Whores, Integrity, Cobalt, Bongnzilla, Disfear, Big Business, Trans AM and more. More details below: Continue reading →
Like every year, when the Roadburn tickets go on sale, there is a small gig at the 013 venue. Tickets go on sale a few hours early here, and with the exciting announcements made so far for Roadburn 2017, tickets will be going steadily. Playing tonight are Ortega and Gomer Pyle.Continue reading →
Roadburn Festival held their annual on-sale party last night, as they kicking off the 2017 festival with a party, bands Ortega and Gomer Pyle., and tickets going on sale at Tilburg’s 013 Club. The festival has also announced Ulver to play a special performance at Roadburn. Details below: Continue reading →
Hex Inverter is streaming “The Mission Statement” off of their self titled debut here. The album was recorded by the band’s own Mick Mullin (Intronaut, Woe) and mastered by James Plotkin (Khanate, Palms). The record’s stunning layout and design was created by artist Brian Azer (Sun Kil Moon, Jesu). The band has upcoming tour dates with Kayo Dot and Giant Squid.
01: Led to This Place 02: Even for No One 03: The Mission Statement 04: Bruise 05: Into the Hills 06: Beneath the Weeds 07: Lamb 08: Something It’s Not
HEX INVERTER tour dates: May 20: BAR New Haven – New Haven, CT (w/ Kayo Dot) May 21: The Paper Box – Brooklyn, NY (w/ Kayo Dot) Jun 24: TBA – New Haven, CT Jun 25: Lucky 13 Saloon – Brooklyn, NY (June 24-27 w/ Giant Squid) Jun 26: Kung Fu Necktie – Philadelphia, PA (June 24-27 w/ Giant Squid) Jun 27: Machines with Magnets – Pawtucket, RI
There is a certain confidence to naming your album after an entire style of music, particularly if the band are playing an already well-established genre. Taking the same tactic as Venom did with Black Metal (Neat) over 20 years ago, Unrest emerge onto the market with their debut album Grindcore (Unspeakable Axe). While Venom may have been appearing during the first wave of black metal, more influential to the genre than being a part of what black metal itself became, Unrest plant their music unquestionably in the realms of grind.
With the band containing members of Woe, TrenchRot and Crypt Sermon, the Philadelphia trio are already boasting some serious pedigree. 9 years in the making, Grindcore frantically charges through 26 minutes of chaotic guitars and duel vocal lines to produce a polished tribute to masters of the genre, Nasum. Despite the bands obvious shared love, Grindcore offers memorable tracks including the ceaseless vocals in ‘Protest Culture’, while ‘Inaction’ is stomping aggression, alongside the raw simplicity of the opening bass riff to ‘Nothing (That’s All You Have To Give)’.
While taking such a bold stance on their album name, Unrest risked seeming arrogant if they hadn’t pulled off their sound. While there are elements of Nasum’s formula streaking across the album, there is a healthy dose of other elements thrown in to give this release some serious punch in its own right. Grindcore might not be the defining album that Black Metal was, but any serious grind fan should still give this album the chance to take a solid boot to their eardrums.