Tuesday, April 18th, 2017
In January, Benjamin Levitt, aka, MEGALOPHOBE, traveled north of NYC to record source material for upcoming GRIDFAILURE recordings with the act’s founder David Brenner. The session quickly became an ambient, improv jam; as Levitt’s effects-laced accordion howled through the dim bunker, Brenner fed random loops and elements of keys, synth, guitar, Theremin, didgeridoo, pedal effects, and more into the mix. Nature/field recordings and contributions from several special guest musicians were added, including trumpet by Mac Gollehon (David Bowie, Miles Davis, Blondie, Onyx, Duran Duran), guitar by Liz Ciavarella-Brenner, Rob Levitt, and Christian Molenaar (Those Darn Gnomes), and field recordings from Jon Paris (Rack).
We are drawing nearer ...
Tuesday, April 4th, 2017
I’m jumping right to the big guns with this record. For me, one of the best death metal records ever made. At a time when the over-saturated Floridian, NY, and Swedish styles started to generically dominate the underground globe I cannot locate another record with a sound like this…. past or present. Tonally, each musician has a VERY unique style and the mix really suits their differences nicely. The Dead Youth are what would eventually become the core of the more classically inspired Usurper (if Venom, Bathory, or Celtic Frost are your bag). Now, I won’t pretend that the lyrical content is anything but juvenile but the original ...
Tuesday, March 21st, 2017
There are crust and punk elements to Coagula's style providing a depth that shies away from the unfortunate East Coast predominance of awful tech and slam styles of DM. Originating from Boston (although now partially displaced in NYC if I'm correct) Coagula focus on a heaviness as if Asphyx and Autopsy slithered through a classic Swedish d-beat sewage drain. A truly tough combination to beat.
I anxiously await new material that should see the darkness of this world very soon. In the meanwhile, I will gladly crank this -- their first EP Vile Sacrament which was put out in November of 2016. I've witnessed these guys live in a rabid, ...
Monday, March 13th, 2017
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Since the the inception of the d-beat in the late 70s, early 80s, we've seen many leaps in evolution ranging from the formative days of Motörhead and Discharge to crossover renaissances with influence by the drummers of DRI, Anti-Cimex, The Accüsed, Converge, and Trap Them to name but a few. One of the recent noteworthy additions to the progressive d-beat family would be Vancouver, Canada's innovative punk unit Baptists.
The band's 2013 debut LP for Southern Lord Recordings, Bushcraft, delivers a blistering combination of varying d-beat structures interwoven with fragments of grindcore with particularly heavy leanings towards rock and metal, all while remaining deeply ...
Saturday, March 11th, 2017
Full Of Hell offer up the first song premiere, 'Deluminate', taken from the forthcoming LP Trumpeting Ecstasy that was recorded with Kurt Ballou (Converge) at his God City Studios (Baptists, Cult Leader, Nails).
Trumpeting Ecstasy is now available for pre-order via Profound Lore Records for all territories and officially hits streets May 5, 2017.
Stream new song “Deluminate” below.
Tuesday, March 7th, 2017
Many death metal nerds may know Daniel Corchado of The Chasm from his brief stint with Incantation for the awesomely unappreciated Diabolical Conquest. Honestly, the last record of theirs I heavily got into. Fortunately, Corchado and fellow Mexico City compadres made their way to Chicago to continue working on his own band — the incredible The Chasm. The amazing thing about this record (and really metal in general) is it's ability to almost create physical landscape in those aggressively distorted melodies. This band oddly shows that geography can be captured through sound. Envision Lovecraft through the lens of an Aztec sacrifice. The Chasm have enough eeriness for ...
Monday, March 6th, 2017
Since the formative days of d-beat punk beats in the late 70's and early 80's and particularly the drummers of Motörhead and Discharge; we've seen a lot of changes and wide-ranging interpretations. D-beats are no longer exclusive to punk and crust genres and have found their way into the fabric of Swedish and American death metal, hardcore and grindcore from all corners the World, and much more. Arguably the most cosmic shift and perhaps greatest contribution to the American brand of d-beat came from that of Memphis TN's His Hero Is Gone and the band's incredibly influential 1997 release, Monument To Thieves. ...
Tuesday, February 28th, 2017
On this Tuesday I'm gonna touch on Death Metal of a more modern, brutal variety. German death metal will always have a solid place in my horribly damaged heart (if Morgoth, Necrophagist, and Dew Scented have much to say about it). Pestilent Reign from Baden-Württemberg state in southwest Germany are for those that choose to indulge in a fiery, choppy, and technically tinged affair that pressurizes from a more synthetic standpoint. Does the Polish controlled chaos of Decapitated float your boat across the River Styx? Look no further.... The songwriting and guitar playing herein are suburb. Just when you vaguely think things are getting a bit too slamming Pestilent ...
Monday, February 27th, 2017
For today's edition of D-beat Mondays, we zip over to Sweden for the legendary crust unit, Wolfpack with a focus on 1997's Lycanthro Punk LP. Having formed in the mid 90's as Wolfpack, the name would soon be upgraded to its current form (Wolfbrigade) due to a Nazi prison gang adopting the same moniker. Regardless of name, the band delivers raging, Swedish d-beat that has influenced punk bands the World-over while giving nods to metal and death bands alike in context of its rich songwriting.
It should surprise no one that early incarnations of the band included members of legendary punk outfit Anti-Cimex with lyrical focuses honing in ...
Tuesday, February 21st, 2017
We are gonna head south to NOLA for this week's Death Metal Tuesdays edition. This was the proper Death Metal band from Ben Falgoust of Soilent Green and Goatwhore. I admittedly never closely followed either of those proceeding bands but it is cool to see the trajectory and original brutality of Falgoust’s voice. Mic cupping or not he gets LOW as hell. Clearly, there is a 'Human Waste' era Suffocation vibe going on here. Something that also really stands out is how crazily clean the bass sound is on this recording. As a result, the whole thing feels more live. I had ...
Monday, February 20th, 2017
Since we mentioned Japan's mighty hardcore punk practitioners in BASTARD during last week's D-Beat Mondays edition, we figured it only proper to dedicate this week's column to the band's 1990, second and final release, Wind of Pain. BASTARD made their bones in the Japanese Hardcore scene in the very late 80s. Bands such as Gauze, GISM and Systematic Death had already been going strong and the second wave of hardcore punk bands were just about to be ushered in.
BASTARD's debut EP in 1989, Controlled In The Frame quickly established the act as a force to be reckoned with, offering brutal renditions of Discharge-esque d-beat ...
Wednesday, February 15th, 2017
It seemed like too obvious a choice to launch Hardcore Wednesdays with Black Flag, but fuck it. I recently dusted off my copy of Henry Rollins' personal memoirs, Get In The Van and I couldn't think of a more appropriate pick than Black Flag's 1981, 3-song E.P., Six Pack to kick off this weekly series. When Black Flag first made the trek to the UK in 1981, Six Pack was the latest release circulating abroad. This was before the debut LP, Damaged would hit streets several months later via SST and quickly climb the ranks. This E.P. also featured Dez Cadena (guitarist) on vocals and would ...
Tuesday, February 14th, 2017
To kick off our new weekly Death Metal Tuesdays column, we invited our good friend and death metal expert, Paul Herzog (Die Choking / ex-Total Fucking Destruction) to elaborate on some prime death metal from the present, past, and rising future greats from week to week. His first offering is from Sweden's mighty Necrony. Strap in.
In the pantheon of early era Carcass worship there are a handful of bands that have managed to do things with enough style and quality that their homage warrants standalone praise. Fellow Swedish freaks General Surgery are an obvious source but Necrony’s Pathological Performances is as good as it gets for those yearning ...
Monday, February 13th, 2017
We're launching some new columns this week at BlowTheScene, each focused on a broad genre of extreme underground music. We decided to dedicate Monday's column to the mighty d-beat. Nothing better than this facet of punk to get your blood pumping pure fire to face to the week ahead. We'll be sifting through new and classic d-beat releases in the weeks to come, but today we're launching with a relatively new band that offers some seriously brutal d-beat assaults in the vein of BASTARD (more so than the often-cited DISCHARGE), as California's CØNDITIØN blaze forward with what has been aptly dubbed 'corpse-beat'.
CØNDITIØN offered up ...
Thursday, February 9th, 2017
Today we feature the smoldering second release by UK grinders BEG. The trio features The Afternoon Gentlemen drummer Elliot Smith and Art Of Burning Water guitarist Geith Al-Robei. Throughout this self-titled EP you will find a solid blend of both old-school and new-school grindcore. Influences reminiscent of the driving rawness delivered by early Cryptopsy, Carcass, and Discordance Axis is clearly present, while exploring the progressive powerviolence and crust sensibilities of bands in the ballpark with Weekend Nachos and Full Of Hell. The noise elements compliment this concoction well and do not carry on too long or become a distraction from the power of the base material. Interesting ...
Wednesday, January 25th, 2017
Norwegian mavericks Okkultokrati are hitting the road again in support of their inventive and addictive Raspberry Dawn album, released in September through Southern Lord. The confirmed listing of shows is below, and the band is currently booking more shows to be announced.
While paying homage to their native region's 1990s black metal heritage, the cinematic synth/goth rock of the prior decade, and the raging early punk movement ahead of that, Okkultokrati still manages to create sincerely original and infectious music through every bar of Raspberry Dawn, resulting in a starkly raw and original sounding album.
Raspberry Dawn by Okkultokrati
Raspberry Dawn ...
Tuesday, January 24th, 2017
An Inauguration Day transmission from the enigmatic United Nations. All proceeds will be donated to American Civil Liberties Union and Planned Parenthood.
Originally conceived as a frenetic side-project founded by members of Thursday, Glassjaw and Converge, United Nations’ membership and ideology have evolved into a full-time flagship for incendiary chaos. Their line-up generally includes Geoff Rickly at the helm with members of Pianos Become The Teeth and Acid Tiger. But this track has a mystery singer as reported by Noisey,
"In keeping with their mysterious persona (remember, this is the band that has worn Reagan masks in press photos and reveled in letting people guess who comprises ...
Monday, January 23rd, 2017
Stimulant is a new grindcore/noise unit based out of NYC featuring members of Buffalo NY's Water Torture. The band will release its debut, self-titled LP on February 27th via Nerve Altar Records. The band's first offering, 'Heretic' proves to be a smoldering concoction of raw hardcore punk, grind and powerviolence. The noise elements converge directly into the gigantic riffs to reign down a burly smattering of distorted fury. Stream below:
Stimulant by Stimulant
Thursday, January 5th, 2017
Code Orange have unveiled “Bleeding In The Blur,” the third track to be released from their anticipated new LP, FOREVER. “Bleeding In The Blur” is streaming now via NPR’s All Songs Considered who state, “FOREVER, the band's upcoming third album, is among its most bruising works, with surprises throughout.”
Stream “Bleeding In The Blur” below:
FOREVER is available for pre-order at all DSP’s with exclusive pre-order bundles - consisting of limited edition red vinyl in special gatefold packaging and an exclusive long sleeve T-shirt design - available at www.CodeOrangeTOTH.com. All orders will receive instant downloads of “Forever,” “Kill The Creator,” and “Bleeding ...
Tuesday, December 20th, 2016
Swedish metal/crust punk outfit Martyrdöd - featuring members of Skitsystem, Agrimonia, and others - has just unleashed an official video for the track "Handlöst Fallen Ängel," the track hailing from the band's List album, which was released through Southern Lord in November.
Filmed and edited by Jimmy Johansson, also responsible for Martyrdöd's recent "Harmagedon" video, the riotous live-filmed "Handlöst Fallen Ängel."
See Martyrdöd's intense video for "Handlöst Fallen Ängel"
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For fifteen years, Martyrdöd has honed their craft to a level of mastery, and it shows; List is quite possibly the most refined record in the band's discography, and it ...