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Ballot Burner (crusty hardcore) stream new EP “Forward Into Extinction”

Regina, SK, Canadian based label Harvest King Records has just announced the release of “Forward Into Extinction”, the debut EP from Ballot Burner. The band is made up of long time veterans of the community, and according to Harvest King this album represents some of the most raw underground punk/d-beat that the Canadian prairies has to offer.

You can stream “Forward Into Extinction” below.



EP Review: Cult Leader – “Useless Animal”

Cult Leader is heavy.  I’m gonna say it again, Cult Leader is heavy.  I say it again because after you have listened to their newest EP Useless Animal, you’ll find one ‘heavy’ just doesn’t cut it.  This release sees the progressive crust band take that progressive moniker to all new levels of chaos, distortion, and fury.

This frenetic onslaught lasts about three minutes over the first two songs of the three song EP.  “Useless Animal” charges right out of the gate with the band immediately in full form.  Guitars are tuned low, played loud and sound evil.  The bass has a sinister tone to it, and the drums switch from fast to really fast throughout.  All this backing what I imagine is an actual demon screaming and growling his hatred of humanity through the microphone.  That first song shows Cult Leader reaching for new levels of heaviness and complexity, but this is pushed over the edge with the next song “Gutter Gods.”  It starts off with just a bass line, but once everything else kicks in, there is no telling where the band is going to go with it.  The guitar riffs are quick and angular, while the drummer is making use out of his whole kit as often as possible, while still keeping everything on (blast) beat.  The vocals match perfectly with the madness being created by the instruments.  It sounds like a different singer than the one from the first song.  That one was low and thunderous, while this one is more high pitched and gravelly.  When the two come together toward the end of “Gutter Gods,” it sounds like the band may be about to take my soul.  This three minute onslaught feels a lot longer and is a fun ride.  If you like heavy music just for the sake of being heavy, this will delight you immensely.

The band then does a complete 180 for the third song of the EP, a cover of “You Are Not My Blood” by Mark Kozelek & Desertshore.  The song gradually eases the listener back down from the heights they took you in the first two songs with spacey guitar and slow, pulsating drums.  This continues pretty much throughout the whole song as the band adds other trippy and creepy effects.  The vocals are still low and dark, but without the screaming and growling.

Cult Leader has put out something very interesting with Useless Animal.  Its first half pushes heaviness to its extreme, while the second half seems to acknowledge that the listeners ears might spontaneously start to bleed, and offers a way to come down from that.  The best part about this is how the seemingly total opposites end up working so well together.  I feel that while the three songs differ in levels of distortion and such, they still all have the same dark vibe.   Useless Animal is a good and addicting listen that I’ll be sure to pull out for a fun ride in the future.

4/5 Stars



Album Review: Death Engine – “Mud”

Death Engine are a 4 piece band from Lorient, France who play heavy music that neither fits or fails labels like ‘metal’ or ‘crust’ or ‘post-hardcore’ or whatever other pigeon holes we can offer up. It’s simply heavy, intense and BIG. The vocals are harsh and distorted when yelled or screamed and unless parlez vous francais? Yeh …nah…i cant understand a damn word. This is the full length debut from the band who previously released an insanely good Ep titled ‘Amen’ .. also through Throatruiner.

7 tracks spanning about half n hour of just massive guitars..huge drums and other noises. Musically there’s a lot in common with artists like Envy, Botch, Isis, Chariot, Old Man Gloom etc. Everything sounds completely raw and live but a keen ear will distinguish the small and subtle production elements that pull feedback in, let the room ring out or seamlessly introduce a synth or even acoustic guitar. They’ve clearly spent time on this and the proof is in the end result.

So.. think big chord progressions that feel hopeful and emotive…and then they strike these ‘off’ notes that almost jar the listener out of that zone. The drums drive the rhythm section with a solid performance that never complicates things, in fact sometimes it’s the only thing the ear can latch onto for some sense of where the hell it’s all going! Dynamically this record offers a range of quieter moments and interludes, feedback and drone-inspired sections.. but when it gets heavy, boy of boy is it great!

As with most Throatruiner records the album is made available for free download via/ the label prior to the vinyl shipping out so feel free to give it a spin and see if it’s something you’re into. If you dig it as much as myself..you’ll be hitting the ‘order’ button before too long because it’s a haunting record that has a lot of replay value.

4/5 Stars



Death Engine (hardcore/crust) release debut album “Mud”

France based hardcore/crust outfit Death Engine are streaming their new full length Mud. This is the band’s debut album, which they spent most of 2014 working on. In addition to the release of their album, which you can pre-order a hard copy of, they will also be embarking on a European tour to support the new release. You can check out the dates and stream the full album below.

Mud is out via Throatruiner Records and Apocaplexy Records. Itwill serve as a follow-up to the group’s 2013 EP Amen.



Call Of The Void streams “Ageless” in entirety; heads out on US tour

Boulder, Colorado metallic crust punks Call Of The Void has just made their upcoming album, “Ageless”, available to stream in its entirety.

The album is set to be released next week, February 10th, through Relapse Records, and you can listen to the whole thing here.

The band has some tour dates lined up with Enabler, which you can view below.

Call Of The Void last released “Dragged Down A Dead End Path” back in 2013.



Call Of The Void sign to Relapse Records for upcoming album, announce tour with Enabler

Boulder, Colorado metallic crust punks Call Of The Void have recently announced their signing to Relapse Records.  The label will be handling the release of the bands newest album, Ageless, which is set to be released on February 10th.  Additionally, the band has announced some February tour dates with like-minded group Enabler.

You can stream a new song, “Cold Hands,” off the upcoming album below.  While your there, you can also check out the full rundown of tour dates.

Call Of The Void last released Dragged Down A Dead End Path last year.



Mind (Polish/German crust punk/metal) stream new album “Save Yourself From Hell”

Polish/German crust punk/metal duo Mind is back, are you ready?

After more than 10 years of silence, the band is back on the radar with “Save Yourself From Hell”, their third and newest full-length album, just released through Selfmadegod Records.

The album is available to stream in its entirety below, so check it out below and get your ears ravaged.

Mind was originally formed in Berlin in 1995 and have been active in the European metal scene ever since.



Wasted Potential stream upcoming 7-inch

London, Ontario’s Wasted Potential are now streaming their upcoming 7-inch, which is due for release next week via Get Party Records. You can stream the record here.

The group has a few shows lined up to launch the release. You can check out the dates and locations of the shows below.



EP Review: Guide – “Some Things Must Be Endured”

Some Things Must Be Endured is a pulverizing EP filled with blast beats, cacophonous screams, and dark, mammoth riffs. It’s music that oozes brutality, amplifying all of punk’s most abrasive tendencies as if it were a personal challenge from artist to audience. As shameful as it is, I must admit that I wasn’t sold on Guide from description alone, but after hearing their skin-filleting take on crust, hardcore, and powerviolence, I had to reassess my position.

Musically, I would compare Guide to a nastier His Hero Is Gone. A scuzzed out tribute to crust and powerviolence more concerned with raw volatility than classical songwriting. It sounds like a detrimental statement, but in a way I think it alludes to a higher artistic ideal. Extreme genres, with their rejection of a lot of the core tenets of what makes ‘good music,’ is kind of an avant garde sentiment. Some Things Must Be Endured brings forth rage in its purest musical form.

“Best Friends” opens with a big bassy riff that sounds like the end of the world. The song, much like every song on Some Things Must Be Endured, doesn’t make it past the two minute mark. The brevity is welcome though, making every song feel like a riotous explosion. With only six songs, Some Things Must Be Endured is like a musical revolver, supplying blast after blast of violent noise with the listener left with a face full of smoke and ringing ears.

This isn’t music for everyone. Some people will go crazy for the lumbering beginnings of a song like “Clown,” and then crazier for the chaotic run it takes them on. Its hardly populist, but for those with hardened ears and a taste for violent, salivating expression– Guide is worth enduring.

4/5 Stars



Album Review: Svalbard- “Flightless Birds”

Bristol’s Svalbard plays crust punk with a post rock twist– similar in spirit to Deafheaven’s black metal/ post rock sound and Tragedy’s melodic take on crust. The result is something beautiful and surprisingly accessible, but nonetheless unrelenting. Flightless Birds is only two songs long, but it does exactly what a two song release should do: make you wish there was more.

“Flightless Birds” opens the EP, managing a tightrope walk between outright aggression and ethereal beauty. The song is filled with melody, an excellent counterpoint to the vocalists’ throat shredding screams. Half way through, Svalbard dials the hardcore back and lets the dreamy soundscape of their post rock influences shine through. It’s a balancing act that they execute perfectly. Upon hearing the concept of their sound in words, I was worried it would come off as a far cry from the aggressive anti-pop that is crust. Thankfully, Svalbard combine the melodic and ethereal sounds of post-rock cohesively, creating a sound that is as confrontational as it is beautiful.

There’s a desperate quality inherent in “For What It’s Worth.” It bleeds feeling– reminiscent of the reckless outpours of Rites of Spring and Embrace. It also gives the listener a broader taste of Svalbard’s musical palette– featuring a taste of melodic vocals sung on the edge of hoarseness. Throughout the song, the guitars spit, languish, and burn through memorable riffs, melodies, and lines of trilling notes. There’s a remarkable amount of diversity in fretwork, and for good reason; while the songs on Flightless Birds are by no means ten minute monsters, they are longer than the average punk song. It’s a more subtle detail, but this is where Svalbard impressed me the most. They are able to sustain a song’s duration with quality music better than most other bands that seek to travel past the four minute mark. The music they write warrants the time spent listening and never edges past the border of self-indulgence.

Flightless Birds is a quality EP and a clear indicator of more good to come from Svalbard. For those that are fans of punk at its most defiantly musical, this is a clear victory.

4/5 Stars



Blast from the Past: Discharge – “Fight Back In Finland” (2003 DVD)

Do you like Discharge, but never had an opportunity to catch them live? No worries, we here at Dying Scene have your back. Someone has uploaded the band’s DVD, Fight Back in Finland, online and you can check out the the whole thing, plus the tracklist, right here.

Discharge last released a split with Off With Their Heads last February.



Agenda (crust punk) streams debut EP

Norwegian newcomers Agenda unleash their fury upon the world. Their debut EP consists of four blistering tracks of dark, crusty punk in the veins of Tragedy and From Ashes Rise.

You can stream, or download (for free of course) their EP here.



Album Review: Tragedy- “Darker Days Ahead”

Tragedy is back with soaring melodies, throaty bellows, and apocalyptic doom– and while they’re brand of melodic crust punk may not be for everybody, those with the proper predispositions will be awed. Darker Days Ahead is a testament to the importance of music outside the mainstream, a work of art that epitomizes words like ‘underground’ and ‘independent.’ Tragedy may not be outside the realms of accessibility in some circles, and to be fair, a large part of their sound roams outside the walls of punk rock and into the world of heavy metal, but their independent spirit and basic, fundamental musical groundings make them into something of a latter day Fugazi. No internet presence, no labels, no rules; this is the purity we always talk about wanting in punk rock; that feeling of open-wound-honesty– an artist burning the veil and letting the listener see the world without pretense or censorship. This is that record, and even without it sounding like much of the music that inhabits the scene to day, it undoubtedly begs to be listened to.

Having four full-lengths released before Darker Days Ahead, Tragedy is anything but a newcomer. But while mainstream punk culture remains fairly oblivious to both their existence and importance, their sound remains a revelation to the converted. Tragedy’s roots lay in the sound of Discharge and hardcore, but heavier. Todd Burdette provides a deep growl that sounds something like years of rage, injustice, and hatred being rewarded with an appropriately threatening voice. While atypical for hardcore, and perhaps against its core tenets, the growling allows the voice to become another instrument, making the music an indecipherable message you have to feel to unlock.

Darker Days Ahead succeeds because of the music though, and not just their DIY ethics, and to be sure, the album is filled with worthwhile songs that’ll have your heart pumping venom in no time. Album opener, “No Cemeteries Here,” kicks off the album with all the heaviness one would expect, with dark melodies and an awesome acoustic interlude. “Close At Hand” features some of my favorite instrumental work, which includes a magnificent bass line and some seriously powerful guitar leads. But to single out any song’s fretwork on Darker Days Ahead is a disservice, for every song on this album has at least one memorable riff. Final track, “To Earth Like Dust” is another standout, complete with minor melodies and a catchy, despite being growled, verse that is driven by it’s galloping rhythm.

The best thing that can be said about Darker Days Ahead is that it’s another Tragedy album. It’s a little slower, more experimental, but ultimately it’s still Tragedy. It’s loud, ferocious, and technically competent. It straddles genres like it was born to confound audiences. It’s punk rock for the darkest days of our lives, where the world finally closes in on us and we’re left powerless–screaming, clawing, hating– using up our last moments as violently as possible. That’s Tragedy. That’s catharsis.



Music Video: The Locust – “Spitting In The Faces of Fools As a Source of Nutrition”

San Diego crust-punk/grindcore act, The Locust, has just released a music video for their song, “Spitting In The Faces of Fools As a Source of Nutrition”.

The song will appear on the band’s upcoming release, “Molecular Genetics From The Gold Standard Labs”, which is a collection of 44 hard-to-find and out-of-print tracks from the early years of the band.

The album will hit stores July 31st through ANTI-Records.

Watch the music video for “Spitting In The Faces of Fools As a Source of Nutrition” here.

Check out the heavy track list for the album here.