New Music Now VI

Blow The Scene‘s New Music Now takes a look at a grouping of new releases from The Secret, Titus Andronicus, Hivesmasher, Pig Destroyer, and Behold The Arctopus, with loads of free music samples and links for purchase and further investigation!

The Secret - Agnus Dei album cover

Band: The Secret
Album: Agnus Dei
Record Label: Southern Lord Recordings
Release date: October 23, 2012
FFO: Gaza, Trap Them, Martyrdod

“It is no secret that these four nihilistic horsemen of the Apocalypse known as The Secret are one of the most brutal bands to walk among this wretched earth. This time they bring “Agnus Dei”, their fourth full length coming out by the hand of Southern Lord. A true ode to the apocalypse able to eclipse the sun, turning the earth into a desolate place banished by plagues and death.” –

Pig Destroyer - Book Burner - Album Cover

Band: Pig Destroyer
Album: Book Burner
Record Label: Relapse Records
Release Date: October 22, 2012
Genres: grindcore, metal, powerviolence
FFO: Asshole Parade, Agoraphobic Nosebleed, Noisear

“Pig Destroyer are a radical action whose only limitations appear to be the ludicrous sinew that binds us all to this bullshit whirlwind of living. They are loud. They are fast. They are violent. They are a wrecking ball of ratcheted cultural antagonism whose work might be casually deposited in the expanding abscess of grindcore (who had some fine actors in Discordance Axis, Nasum and Napalm Death, sure but still…) if it weren’t for a willingness to expand their rabid ideations beyond the blast beat, cookie monster growling and lazy leather stencil aphorisms through the sociological shitstorm horror of JR Hayes’ narrative and the bowl-shattered guitar chugging of hate fuck riff master Scott Hull (who also works behind the boards) to devise something wholly unique and legitimately terrifying.” –

Be sure to check out our Exclusive Pig Destroyer Interview with Blake Harrison on the making of Book Burner.

Hivesmasher - Gutter Choir

Band: Hivesmasher
Album: Gutter Choir
Record Label: Black Market Activities
Release Date: October 23, 2012
Genres: grind, metal,
FFO: Wormrot, Rotten Sound

“It takes a moment to understand the beauty of Hivesmasher’s band name. Think about it: either this Massachusetts grindcore sextet are destroying the insect-like mindset that mankind has taken onto itself, or they’re about to get the shit stung out of them by a thousand enraged wasps. Both concepts are accurate representations of the band’s sound, which is furious tongue-in-cheek chug-grind in the style of Wormrot, Scarlet, and Graf Orlock. And on their second full-length release Gutter Choir, the band powers through seventeen bursts of gross-out chaos that manages to sound strung-out, sloppy, chaotic, and yet satisfyingly technical.” –

Titus Andronicus - Local Business

Band: Titus Andronicus
Album: Local Business
Record Label: XL Recordings
Release Date: October 23, 2012
Genres: punk rock, indie rock
FFO: Neutral Milk Hotel. Pulp

“Titus Andronicus’s affection for grandeur is clear in prog-like sequences and 8-minute-plus epics like “My Eating Disorder,” but any trace of self-indulgence is cut down by persistent punk ethos and ferocity. The tracks that don’t aim so high — the goofy, minute-long interlude “Food Fight!” and the sing-along “(I Am the) Electric Man” — seem like afterthoughts. The magnificence here comes when a gang of Jersey punks try something big, while acknowledging how small they are.” – The Boston Globe

Behold The Arctopus - horrorscension cover

Band: Behold The Arctopus
Album: Horrorscension
Record Label: Black Market Activities
Release Date: October 23, 2012
Genres: jazz-core, avante-garde, progressive metal
FFO: forward-thinking metallic jazz

“Since 2007, Behold The Arctopus has made some serious changes. Dropping the ellipsis from their name, bringing in jazz-noise-skronk-based drummer Weasel Walter, and ushering in more of a black metal influence–likely from guitarist Colin Marston who continues to expand the genre in his recent endeavors with Krallice–the band has shuffled around and tightened up in more ways than one.” – Invisible Oranges

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