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Cult Leader stream new album “Great I Am”

Salt Lake City crust rockers, Cult Leader, just released a stream of their new album “Great I Am”. The album contains eleven harsh and jagged songs that sound like they were dragged straight from hell, and you can check it out below.

“Great I Am” is being released through Deathwish Inc, and marks the bands first full release since last year’s “Nothing For Us Here”. Also, check out the beaming review for their recent EP “Useless Animal”, from Dying Scene’s own Torchbearer; here.

Birds in a Row debut new song, “O’Dear”

French metal/hardcore band Birds in a Row are streaming their new song, “O’Dear,” and you can check it out here.  The song will be featured on the band’s upcoming 7-track EP, Personal War, which is due out on October 30th via the hardcore label Deathwish Inc.

In January, Birds in a Row will head to Australia to tour with Calvaiire and Colossus.  You can find info on that here.

Loma Prieta stream new song “Never Remember”

San Francisco screamo group Loma Prieta are streaming their new song “Never Remember”. You can listen to it below.

“Never Remember” is taken from Loma Prieta’s upcoming album Self Portrait, which is due for release on October 2nd release on cassette, CD, and digital formats through Deathwish, Inc; it will be released on vinyl on November 13th.

Deafheaven stream new song “Brought to the Water”

San Francisco metalcore group Deafheaven are streaming their new song “Brought to the Water”. You can listen to it below.

“Brought to the Water” is taken from Deafheaven’s upcoming album New Bermuda, which is due for release this October.

Album Review: Bitter End – “Illusions of Dominance”

Bitter End’s newest release Illusions of Dominance sees the band build on the hardcore sound they have been putting out for a while now, while stepping up their metal influences, particularly in the thrash department.  Tight and fast guitar riffs are followed by big foreboding breakdowns, while lyrics are screamed with passion.  This is a heavy hitting album that hits many different notes that will please hardcore fans.

The album starts out on a fast note with “Power and Control.”  The drums are speedy and guitar is thrashy, really bringing out the metal influence these guys have been cultivating and adding to their hardcore sound.   This one feels like a straightforward thrash song with some hardcore tendencies.  The rest of the album tends to feel like the opposite, where you can tell this is a hardcore band first, but they like throwing in those metal riffs.  This can be seen in songs like “Realm of Despair” and “Pleasure and Pain,” which are slower and more menacing, but sport some monster breakdowns.

My favorite moment of the album came in the form of the song “Conversations with Death.”  I’m totally biased here too, but I don’t care.  This is a cover of one of my favorite traditional folk songs “O, Death,” which is a dark and gritty song that translates well as a hardcore song.  The band then ends the song with a sample of the original played by Dock Boggs, who happens to be my great great uncle, or something like that.  I inherited a bunch of Dock Boggs records a few years back, and was immediately drawn to “O, Death,” so it was really cool to hear this song being redone with a harder edge.

Bitter End seems to show a little more of a metal influence, but they still stay true to slower, breakdown heavy hardcore.  If that is the kind of thing that gets you moving, this is probably going to be right up your alley.

3.5/5 Stars

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: Self Defense Family – “Heaven Is Earth”

Self Defense Family is more of a collective than a band, and their releases can be seen as artistic expressions rather than just albums.  Yet on their newest release Heaven Is Earth, they show that they still put out some of the tightest post-punk/post-hardcore today.  While the musical experimentation and poetic lyrics are as prominent as ever, the band is able wrap everything up in nice little song structures that make this an eclectic but cohesive listen.

The album comes across very light in tone musically, with airy and reverb heavy guitar throughout, but vocalist Patrick Kindlon has enough angst behind his voice to make the whole thing still come across as aggressive.  Songs like “In My Defense Self Defend Me” and “Basic Skills” feature a multitude of instruments playing seemingly simple lines that give the songs complexity in how they come together.  The guitar riffs and drum parts may be looping over and over in some parts, but the arrangement and how each part is built on top of each other demonstrates how strong this group of musicians is at crafting songs.

Heaven Is Earth also sees Self Defense Family trying out some new styles and giving more prominence to things they’ve hinted at in the past.  “Talia” comes off with a very strong folk vibe with its western sounding guitar and lots of harmonica.  “Prison Ring” and “Dave Sim,” with their dark and spacey tones, are great examples of the band showing off more of a post-punk vibe on this album.

Kindlon’s vocals and lyrics are as emotional and haunting as ever, but what really struck me while listening is how they are so well mixed in with the rest of the music.  It feels more like another instrument to serve in the wall of sound they create, rather than the leading force of the songs.  I really like how at times it can be hard to hear the vocals, as they are low and kind of mixed in the background, and other times they are more prominent.  This always seems to match the feel of the songs.

I’ll admit I’m relatively new to Self Defense Family, and what drew me to check them out was my growing personal appreciation of and interest in post-punk.  What I found here is something more though.  The band celebrates experimentation and complexity built on top of simplicity, and it’s all done in a very captivating way.  Longtime fans of the band are sure to love this one, and if you are new to the band like me, take it for a spin and bask in its chilled out glory.

4/5 Stars

Loma Prieta announce new album “Self Portrait”

San Francisco screamo group Loma Prieta have announced plans to release a new full length album titled “Self Portrait.” The album is set for October 2nd release on cassette, CD, and digital formats through Deathwish, Inc, vinyl will be released November 13th. This is the group’s fifth studio album and their first release since 2012’s “I.V.”

The band is currently on tour in Europe, check out the dates and locations of that below, as well as the track list for the new album.

EP Review: Fucked Up – “Year of the Hare”

The series of EPs that make up Fucked Up’s ongoing Zodiac project are some of the most interesting punk rock experiments around. That’s not to say they’re always good, or even enjoyable, but they inspire a sort of awe about them. There’s always something on the line, it’s audacious and beautiful and raucous and for me at least, every bit as important as their full length releases. Year of the Hare is Fucked Up’s latest experiment, and on it they continue pushing the boundaries of punk and hardcore into unknown territory.

The title track is one of their longest yet, clocking in at about twenty-one and a half minutes. It starts with feedback that could be strings and a piano that’s slightly out of tune, every so often a blast of static harshes the mellow, as if “Year of the Hare” was the pirate radio broadcast of an avant garde DJ . The song is all about building though. It introduces its elements and grows over time, exploding into the hardcore we all know and love before subtracting its elements again and retracting into silence. This all happens by the halfway mark. When the music comes back, it is a sort of ethereal indie rock led by melodic female vocals. Once again, the music builds, and as soon as it reaches a crescendo it falls apart in a detuned deconstruction, it all happens in an instance and it resurrects as a fast and melodic, typically Fucked Up barrage.

And then again. It stops. The broken piano comes back and suddenly the guitars rev up and vocalist Damian Abraham is screaming in my face. “Year of the Hare” is all about starts and stops, explosions and meditations. Its unhindered creativity, pushing itself as far as notes can take it.

“California Cold” is merely ten minutes long, and experiments in a different way. It is less about texture and structure than it is an excursion into new genre territory. There’s a certain heartland rock feel to the song that comes through despite Abraham’s growls. It has a more bluesy feel than a lot of Fucked Up’s work, while never completely losing the band’s cold and distinctive tone. It becomes a jam, an un-punk concept that Fucked Up has embraced and made sublime over the years, filled with feedback and synth and pulsing noise.

Fucked Up is a difficult band to assign anything of numeric value to. They are bizarre boundary pushers; rooted in punk rock but obsessed with dismantling it. They remind be of the musical equivalent of Jean-Luc Godard, the French New Wave director who loved American gangster films but whose perspective was so unique and unwavering and contemptuous of the rules of cinematic art, that whatever he utilized of that influence was transformed into something only recognizable as a Godard film. Fucked Up is similar in that regard. Year of the Hare is an interesting new installment in the Zodiac series, and it’s made all the better by its grandiose, albeit inaccessible vision.


Self Defense Family stream new album “Heaven Is Earth”

New York post hardcore band Self Defense Family just released their new album Heaven Is Earth today on Deathwish Inc. and are streaming the whole thing on their bandcamp.

Give it a listen below.

Heaven Is Earth serves as a follow up to the Duets EP that came out in September 2014.

Bitter End stream upcoming album “Illusions of Dominance”

Texas hardcore act Bitter End are currently streaming their upcoming LP “Illusions of Dominance,” and you can check it out here.

The album is set for June 30th release through through Deathwish Inc, and will the band’s first album since 2010′s Guilty as Charged.

Code Orange announce Australian tour

Pennsylvania’s Code Orange have announced Australian tour dates.

You can check out the dates below.

Code Orange’s last release, I Am King, came out on September 2, 2014 via Deathwish Inc..

Coliseum and Culture Abuse announce West Coast dates

Louisville hardcore punk band Coliseum and California punk act Culture Abuse have just announced a short run of West Coast dates. Check out the first run of dates below to see when the bands will be coming to your neck of the woods, more dates will be announced soon, so keep checking back for more details.

Coliseum last released “Anxiety’s Kiss” in May 2015 via Deathwish Inc. Culture Abuse last released their 7″  “Spray Paint The Dog” in February 2015.

Music Video: Self Defense Family – “Dave Sim”

New York post hardcore band Self Defense Family have premiered a music video for their new song “Dave Sim”. You can watch the video below.

“Dave Sim” is taken from Self Defense Family’s upcoming album Heaven Is Earth, which is due for release on June 30th 2015 via Deathwise Inc.

Code Orange announce US and European summer tour

Pennsylvania’s Code Orange have been tapped as one of the acts for this summer’s Rockstar Mayhem Festival. The band will be playing alongside acts such as Slayer, King Diamond, The Devil Wears Prada, and more, as well as making appearances at other shows and festivals. You can check out the list of planned dates and locations below.

Code Orange’s last release, I Am King, came out on September 2, 2014 via Deathwish Inc..