You want brutal? You got it! The debut album from Yautja (members of Thou, Coliseum, Mutilation Rites), The Lurch (Relapse Records), is that in spades. If you’re into just an all out onslaught of driving grooves mixed with crazy, double stops, and all the above, this is the cut for you! Not to get too into it, but this is right up my alley. I dig it when a band is their own thing, or their own entity, so to speak. They are just themselves.
Metal and Coffee’s Mini-Metal Mixtape, presented by Ghost Cult Magazine is back with another new episode! Time to get your weekly dose of an essential mix of the newest extreme music by essential bands, and a few classics baked in there too! In the latest edition of Mini-Metal Mixtape, episode #21, curated by Ebonie Butler a.k.a, Metal & Coffee, she brings jams out to Yautja, Bleeth, Eyehategod, Cult of Luna, and Kylesa. In her 12-year journey as an extreme metal DJ, Metal & Coffee has delved into the depths of the heavy music world to bring you a new mix each week. Metal & Coffee has been featured on Philadelphia’s most popular college radio station, WKDU 91.7 FM, and has also spent time as the resident New Releases DJ over on GIMME METAL. Stream the newest playlist right now!
Migration Fest tickets are on sale now! Presented by 20 Buck Spin and Gilead Media, Migration Fest III has booked False, Mizmor, Spirit Adrift, Yellow Eyes, Immortal Bird, Obsequiae, Thou and Emma Ruth Rundle Obsequiae, Imperial Triumphant, Buried At Sea, Falls of Rauros, Kowloon Walled City, Spirit Adrift, Tomb Mold, Ulthar and many more. The full list can be seen below. The fest takes place July 31st – August 2nd, 2020 and returning to Mr. Smalls in the Pittsburgh suburb of Millvale, PA.Continue reading
Migration Fest is coming back for its third edition and it looks like a rager! Presented by 20 Buck Spin and Gilead Media, Migration Fest III has booked False, Mizmor, Spirit Adrift, Yellow Eyes, Immortal Bird, Obsequiae, Thou and Emma Ruth Rundle Obsequiae, Imperial Triumphant, Buried At Sea, Falls of Rauros, Kowloon Walled City, Spirit Adrift, Tomb Mold, Ulthar and many more. The full list can be seen below. The fest takes place July 31st – August 2nd, 2020 and returning to Mr. Smalls in the Pittsburgh suburb of Millvale, PA.Continue reading
Revocation is gearing up to drop one of the strongest albums of their career this week with The Outer Ones, releasing on September 28th via Metal Blade Records. The band just shared a new single, ‘Blood Atonement’ which you can hear below! To celebrate this momentous week for the band, they are kicking off their North American headline tour with direct support from Exhumed, Rivers Of Nihil, and Yautja. European dates will follow after with Archspire, Soreption, and Rivers Of Nihil once again.Continue reading
Revocation has booked a fall headline tour of the USA, to support their upcoming new album, The Outer Ones. Set for release on September 28th via Metal Blade Records. Their first true headline tour in several years, the tour kicks off September 17th and run through October 20th. Support will be provided by Exhumed, Rivers Of Nihil, and Yautja. See confirmed dates below.Continue reading
Portland, OR sludge/doom rockers Usnea has been confirmed as the sole support act for Ufomammut’s first ever North American tour this Spring. They are touring in support of their Relapse Records debut Random Cosmic Violence, out now.
Recorded and mixed by Jared “Fester” See at Haywire Studios (Nux Vomica, Stoneburner, Rabbits) who supplies additional guitars to the title track, and mastered by Brad Boatright at Audiosiege (Yob, High On Fire, Integrity), through their overwhelming black/occult metal-influenced funeral doom, Usnea has created a classic of the new millennium with Random Cosmic Violence.
USNEA Tour Dates:
Mar 07: Obsidian – Olympia, WA (w/ Eusapia, A God Or An Other, Eye of Nix)
Mar 26: Blackwater Bar – Portland, OR (w/ Deathgrave, Augurs, Shroud of the Heretic)
May 08: High Water Mark – Portland, OR (* tour kick-off w/ Eye of Nix, Hiding, Shine of the Serpent)
May 09: Crazy Horse – Boise, ID
May 10: Metro Bar – Salt Lake City, UT (w/ Odium Totus)
May 11: Lost Lake – Denver, CO (w/ Inter Arma, Yautja, Prison Death)
May 12: TBA – Lawrence, KS
USNEA North America Spring 2015 w/ Ufomammut:
May 13: Reggie’s – Chicago, IL
May 14: Now That’s Class – Cleveland, OH
May 15: Bug Jar – Rochester, NY
May 16: Mod Club – Toronto, ON
May 17: Le Ritz – Montreal, QC
May 18/2015 Middle East Upstairs – Boston, MA [no Ufomammut]
May 19: Saint Vitus Bar – Brooklyn, NY
May 20: Johnny Brenda’s – Philadelphia, PA
May 21: Maryland Death Fest – Baltimore, MD [no Usnea]
May 22: King’s – Raleigh, NC
May 23: Drunken Unicorn – Atlanta, GA
May 24: HiTone Café – Memphis, TN [no Ufomammut]
May 25: Siberia – New Orleans, LA
May 26: Walter’s – Houston, TX
May 27: Red 7 – Austin, TX
May 29: Sister – Albuquerque, NM
May 30: Flycatcher – Tucson, AZ
May 31: Complex – Los Angeles, CA
Jun 01: TBA – Los Osos, CA [no Ufomammut]
Jun 02: Catalyst – Santa Cruz, CA
Jun 03: Elbo Room – San Francisco, CA
Jun 04: Press Club – Sacramento, CA
Jun 05: WOW Hall – Eugene, OR [no Usnea]
Jun 06: Rotture – Portland, OR
Jun 07: Chop Suey – Seattle, WA
Jun 08: Neurolux – Boise, ID
Jun 09: Bar Deluxe – Salt Lake City, UT
Jun 10: Hi-Dive – Denver, CO
Jun 11: TBA – Lincoln, NE [no Ufomammut]
Jun 12: Turf Club – St Paul, MN
Jun 13: Metal Grill – Milwaukee, WI
There must be something foul in the water of Nashville, Tennessee for whatever the three members of Yautja have been drinking seems to have done them all a nasty mischief. Featuring former members of Coliseum and Nameless Cults, Songs of Descent (Forcefield), the debut album concocted by this unholy trinity of musicians, is chock-full of nasty, punk aggro, fist-swinging grind fury and dissonant Melvins-indebted sludge heaviness. In short, it’s all over the place, tearing at the seams and seemingly ready to explode violently at any given moment. By and large, this works in the band’s favour.
Song lengths vary from the minute-long blasts of hatred such as ‘Concrete Tongue’ and ‘An Exit’ which sounds like a more ramshackle Nails playing with knives at their throats to the tortuous crawl through broken glass that is album-centrepiece ‘Faith Resigned’, a seven minute dirge that will have you reaching for the shotgun and pills in no time. Elsewhere, the sickeningly catchy groove of ‘Tar and Blindness’ upsets the apple cart with its juxtaposition of hip-shaking riffs and sheets of noise, made worse by some merciless and intrusive percussion courtesy of Tyler Coburn.
With all three members handling vocals and maintaining a tempo seemingly an afterthought, Songs of Descent is one of the most unpredictable and dangerous records committed to tape in a while. Living up to its title, this thirty-seven minute, multi-tentacled monstrosity is the soundtrack to a descent to hell and I still can’t decide if it should have been drowned at birth in the interest of public safety. So before Yautja are declared a health hazard it would be worthwhile to check out Songs of Descent although the intense bad vibes experienced may take some getting used to. Fuck it, embrace the hate.
7.5 / 10