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New Music Now II

Blow The Scene‘s New Music Now takes a look at an eclectic grouping of new releases from Gaza, Birds In Row, Animal Collective, Propagandhi, and My Iron Lung with loads of free music samples and links for purchase and further investigation!


Gaza - No Absolutes in Human Suffering

Band: Gaza
Album: No Absolutes In Human Suffering
Label: Black Market Activities
Genres: grind, metal, punk, hardcore
Available: Now
FFO: Nails, Rotten Sound, Nasum, Trap Them, Norma Jean

Salt Lake City’s unrelenting grind punks, Gaza, have broken off one of the heaviest and most unforgiving releases of 2012 with full-length, No Absolutes In Human Suffering, available now via Black Market Activities.

Recorded at Kurt Ballou’s God City Studios, No Absolutes In Human Suffering conveys a sound sought by many but delivered by few. Devastatingly heavy riffs implementing well-structured and often odd time signatures, burly distortions, fine crafted tones, all mixed into a whirlwind of blasting drums, irate vocals, and Earth-moving bass distortions. Here we have a truly suffocating barrage of tracks. This is hands down one of the best extreme releases of 2012. Check out the high-quality full stream here.

We have an in-depth Gaza band interview coming very soon. Stay tuned.


Birds In Row - You, Me, and The Violence

Band: Birds in Row
Album: You, Me & The Violence
Label: Deathwish Inc
Available: September 4, 2012
Genres: hardcore, punk, screamo
FFO: United Nations, Quicksand, Helmet, Glassjaw

Laval, France’s indefinable purveyors of hardcore punk, Birds In Row, release their debut full-length, You, Me & The Violence, on Deathwish Inc. Last week we made an exclusive debut of “Police & Thieves” track from the album which you can listen to here.

“With an intense delivery of compelling hardcore that fuses meaty distortions with driving melody and emotional vocals, Birds In Row have crafted infectious movements that abandon traditional song structure. These diverse movements incorporate musical and vocal elements that cut a deep swath across multiple niches of hardcore and punk that will appeal to fans of 90′s screamo, as well as, the more traditional metal and hardcore enthusiasts.” – Blow The Scene


Propagandhi - Failed States

Band: Propagandhi
Album: Failed States
Label: Epitaph
Available: September 4, 2012
Genres: punk rock, thrash,
FFO: I Spy, Corrosion of Conformity, Fugazi, Suicidal Tendencies, Leftover Crack

Canada’s renowned polti-punk rock ensemble, Propagandhi, release their sixth studio album, Failed States, on Epitaph Rrecords.

“Throughout the record Propagandhi waste not a second, initiating Scorched Earth on your eardrums. It’s easily the heaviest, most unforgiving album the band has recorded yet, making even the hardest moments of TETA look merely cute by comparison.” – Sputnik


Animal Collective - Centipede Hz

Band: Animal Collective
Album: Centipede Hz
Label: Domino Records
Genres: Experimental rock, Neo-psychedelia
Avail: September 4, 2012
FFO: Portishead, Q and Not U,

Baltimore’s experimental electro-rock outfit, Animal Collective, have released its ninth full length album, Centipede Hz, on Domino Records.

“Centipede Hz” doesn’t sound like a band playing in a room. It sounds like a band blaring over drive-time radio at the Mos Eisley Cantina. It’s lush and brittle at the same time — industrial music made with an instrumental palate borrowed from Balearic techno. The nooks and crannies of each song are packed with incidental buzzes, squawks, and burbles that blink in and out like strobe lights. “ – Washington Post


My Iron Lung - Grief

Band: My Iron Lung
Album: Grief
label: Pure Noise Records
Avail: Sept 4, 2012
Genres: melodic hardcore
FFO: Defeater, Pianos Become The Teeth, Touche Amore

San Diego, CA’s melodic hardcore band, My Iron Lung release debut 7″, entitled Grief on Pure Noise Records.

“Grief, the debut 7” from San Diego 4-piece My Iron Lung, comes across more as a blast from the past channeling the emotive hardcore sound of bands like I Hate Myself while maintaining a certain crispness that cements them in the now. The music falls a little more on the softer side with the instrumentals being less distorted than one would expect from a genre with “hardcore” in the name and the contrast is that the aggression lies in the vocal delivery. This is an inherent part of the sound since the diminished instrumental segments act as a background which makes the shrill emotion of the screams and yells take center stage and pop out as the dominant aspect.” – What Culture

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