Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Crippled Black Phoenix - 200 Tons of Bad Luck (2009)

not brutalCrippled Black Phoenix is a post-rock band from the UK featuring members of Electric Wizard and Mogwai. The band has described their own songs as “end of time ballads." It's kinda like the post-rock blues.

Status: Active
Rock if you like: Grails, A Whisper in the Noise, Astra

Track listing:
1 - Burnt Reynolds
2 - Rise Up and Fight
3 - Time of Ye Life / Born for Nothing / Paranoid Arm of Narcoleptic Empire
4 - Wendigo
5 - Littlestep
6 - Crossing the Bar
7 - Whissendine
8 - A Real Box of Cheer
9 - 444
10 - A Hymn for a Lost Soul
11 - A Lack of Common Sense
12 - I am Free, Today I Perished

Volturyon - Blood Cure (2008)

deathHailing from Sweden, the debut album from Volturyon lives up to the bands of the region. Technical, heavy and full of killer riffs, this album might melt your face twice.

Status: Active
Rock if you like: Decapitated, Necrophagist, Bloodbath

Track listing:
1 - Naked Blood
2 - Forever Suffer
3 - Blood Cure
4 - Unorthodox Spawn Deleted
5 - Phantasm
6 - Invert Birth
7 - Initiate the Killing
8 - Drenched in Human Sludge
9 - Addicted to Cadaverine
10 - The Way of the Slay

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Alpinist - Minus.Mensch (2009)

Alpinist is a Screamo/Crust four-piece band from Münster, GERMANY.

Status: Active
Contact: Myspace
Rock if you like: Ekkaia - Fall of Efrafa - Madame Germen

Track Listing:
1 - Nighttime Poet Daytime Dead
2 - Schalterhygiene
3 - A Is For Army of Slaves
4 - Rost
5 - 2te Klasse Bahnabteil
6 - Amuse Yourself To Death
7 - Delta Flood of Ignorance
8 - The Charme of Dominating
9 - From Groveling to Running in Less than a Second
10 - This Song Will Not Save Your Life
11 - Outro


Battle of Wölf 359 - The Death of Affect (2009)

"Battle of Wölf 359 are a down tuned, heavy hardcore band from the UK (London, Kent, Sheffield and sometimes Moscow). They blend metallic riffs with eerie melodies and offer up critique on science, religion and the political system often finished off with tongue in cheek sci-fi imagery and samples."

Status: Active
Contact: Myspace
Rock if you like: Alpinist - Loma Prieta - Louise Cyphre

Track Listing:
1 - Marty O.D.
2 - Cyberdine
3 - Surveiller
4 - Beneath the Paving Stones...
5 - End Times
6 - The God Particle
7 - Anfal
8 - Glenfield


Cloudkicker - The Map Is Not The Territory (2009)

instrumental!Cloudkicker is a one man instrumental project out of Columbus, Ohio. From an interview: “It costs me absolutely nothing to create the music. Zero dollars. I record all the guitars and bass straight into my laptop and program the drums using this one sequencing program, then I mix and master everything myself. The only thing that costs money are guitar strings, but I have a full-time job so it’s no big deal.”

Status: Active
Rock if you like: Animals as Leaders, Periphery, Scale the Summit

Track listing:
1 - Hold On
2 - Tip Your Van Driver
3 - Seriosity
4 - The Map is Not the Territory
5 - Ever Thus to Deadbeats

Goes Cube - Another Day Has Passed (2009)

loud!” Goes Cube write songs the way that Helmet and Quicksand used to, with compact shocks of riff and scrappy melody, loose strings and pneumatic heaviness”.

Status: Active
Rock if you like: Helmet, Quicksand, Handsome

Track listing:
1 - Bluest Sky
2 - Grinding the Knife Blade
3 - Restore
4 - The Only Daughter
5 - I Hold Grudges
6 - Saab Sonnet
7 - Goes Cube Song 30
8 - Back to Basics
9 - Goes Cube song 57
10 - Urbana-Champaign
11 - Victory
12 - Another Day Has Passed

A New Silent Corporation - Everything Is Exactly As It Seems (2009)

calmA New Silent Corporation is a six-piece post-rock band from Thiene, Vicenza, Italy. The band claims their influences bands like Mogwai, Isis, Callisto.. etc. Epic post-rock compositions make this Italian band's debut albm worth many listens, often combining electronic elements to layer the already entertaining rhythm section.

Status: Active
Rock if you like: Mogwai - Isis - 65daysofstatic

Track listing:
1 - Time Discipline
2 - Hiver
3 - Will Noise
4 - Reprise
6 - Maple

Monday, August 24, 2009

Metavari - Be One Of Us And Hear No Noise (2009)

"Hailing from Indiana, Metavari balance their Midwestern sensibilities with an eager desire to create music that is consistently breaking up their own new ground. Metavari are an instrumental rock-quartet who combine nuances of both electronic music and post-rock. The contrast of undeniably digital elements like laptop programming along side organic rock arrangements and vintage equipment create a multi-layered landscape of sound that has given the act national attention. "

Status: Active
Contact: Myspace
Rock if you like: 65daysofstatic - Telefon Tel Aviv - Gifts From Enola

Track Listing:
1 - Kings Die Like Other Men
2 - Shimmer Marina
3 - Twilight Over Akaishi
4 - The Priest, The Shore, And The Wait
5 - Be One Of Us And Hear No Noise
6 - Io, Apollo, And The Veil
7 - Cerulean
8 - Maedchen
9 - Story For A Song Without End
10 - Pacific Lights


Code - Resplendent Grotesque (2009)

"An experimental Black Metal band featuring members from England and Norway. The current line-up consists of Aort (guitar), Kvohst (vocals) and Viper (bass/backing vocals), with Alsvid (drums) and Andras (guitar) as live members. So far they have released two albums: 2005’s critically acclaimed Nouveau Gloaming, and Resplendent Grotesque in June 2009. Also known as < code >." -

Status: Active
Contact: Myspace
Rock if you like: Dodheimsgard - Manes - Solstafir

Track Listing:
1 - Smother The Crones
2 - In The Privacy Of Your Own Bones
3 - The Rattle of Black Teeth
4 - Possession in the Medicine
5 - Jesus Fever
6 - I Hold Your Light
7 - A Sutra of Wounds
8 - The Ascendent Grotesque


Deadmen - Demo (2009)

Formed in the summer of ‘08. Includes current and ex-members of: Demiricous, Lair of the Minotaur, Whiskeytits, Suicide Note, Salvation, Angelville, Red Shadows, Coffinworm, The Dream Is Dead, and The Retreads.

Status: Active
Contact: Myspace
Rock if you like: Sweet Cobra - Black Tusk - Black Panda

Track Listing:
1 - Been There Still There
2 - Whiskey Vs. Wine
3 - These Gods Have No Eyes


Putrid Pile - House of Dementia (2009)

"Putrid Pile is an american brutal death metal band formed in Wisconsin U.S.A by Shaun LaCanne (previously of Num Skull). Influenced by acts like Cannibal Corpse and Dying Fetus he immediately set out to create some of the most intense, sickest, and guttural death metal around."

Status: Active
Contact: Myspace
Rock if you like: Devourment - Guttural Secrete - Abysmal Torment

Track Listing:
1 - Intro
2 - Dead
3 - Involuntary Suicide
4 - God of Degradation
5 - Post Coital Satisfaction
6 - Blood Runs Red
7 - Your Nightmare Reality
8 - The Ingestion of Human-Kind
9 - Fecal Frenzy
10 - Waste of Flesh
11 - The Face of Death
12 - 25 Cromwell Street
13 - The Gorebox


Sunday, August 23, 2009

Burial Ritual - Tower of Silence (2009)

"Formed in the winter of 2005, BURIAL RITUAL is a unique blend of old school death metal, black metal, and thrash that few in their home state of Wisconsin have attempted in recent years. With a desire to produce heavy music that listeners of all metal genres can appreciate, BURIAL RITUAL's sound has evolved heavily over the years from a "death 'n' roll" style to darker, faster and more melodic. Their first EP release in 2007 entitled 'Last Rites' was but a taste of what the band was capable of, and after very positive reviews much anticipation began to build about what their next release would be like, and soon after 'Tower of Silence' was announced."

Status: Active
Contact: Myspace
Rock if you like: Despondency - Disinfect - Embedded

Track Listing:
1 - Tower of Silence
2 - Blood Feud
3 - Sectarian Death Squad
4 - Cannibalistic Tendencies
5 - Atop the Funeral Pyre
6 - Benedicts Last Breath
7 - Fantasy of Rape
8 - The Gathering Storm



Friday, August 21, 2009

The Killer - Not All Who Are Lost Want To Be Found (2009)

After five long years since their debut full-length was released, The Killer is back with a new album chock full of dark destruction: Not All Who Are Lost Want To Be Found. More infuriated and merciless than their critically acclaimed previous effort, Better Judged By Twelve Than Carried By Six, this new album is the perfect mix of all things brutal: low-end heavy hardcore and straight up dirge mixed with some of the heaviest, most destructive breakdowns.

Status: Active
Rock if you like: Convicted - Palehorse - Protestant

Track listing:
1 - God Forgot
2 - Final Prayer Of The Devil's Bastard
3 - Strange Terrain
4 - Lake Of Fire
5 - Goners
6 - It's Easy
7 - I Know What You Know
8 - Darker
9 - Higher Than The Sky
10 - The Truth Is(n't) Out There

The Enemy Pilot - Petition For Perdition (2009)

The Enemy Pilot is a metal / hardcore / rock band from Helsinki, Finland. They blend elements from various influences and in turn have created a very unique sound with a lot of flavor. Fans of the european hardcore sound, this is right up your alley.

Status: Active
Rock if you like: Refused - Eden Maine - Shora

Track listing:
1 - Traces
2 - Hit And Run
3 - Dead Heroes
4 - Hospital Calls
5 - Your Catastrophe
6 - Them
7 - Headcase
8 - Fourth Reich
9 - Wanton Hearts
10 - My Home

Municipal Waste - Massive Aggressive (2009)

"Municipal Waste is a crossover thrash band from Richmond, Virginia formed in 2001. They are known for their loud, drunken, party atmosphere and rowdy show attendees. Occasionally, they have been known to play unscheduled shows late at night. Municipal Waste are a crucial element of Richmond culture, and have three albums under their belts, including 2007’s The Art of Partying."

Status: Active
Contact: Myspace
Rock if you like: Toxic Holocaust - Gama Bomb - D.R.I.

Track Listing:
1 - Masked By Delirium
2 - Mech-Cannibal
3 - Divine Blasphemer
4 - Massive Aggressive
5 - Wolves of Chernobyl
6 - Relentless Threat
7 - The Wrath of the Severed Head
8 - Upside Down Church
9 - Shredded Offering
10 - Media Skeptic
11 - Horny For Blood
12 - Wrong Answer
13 - Acid Sentence


Thursday, August 20, 2009

In The Face Of War - Everything You've Heard Is True (2009)

'Everything You've Heard Is True' is the 4th full-length album from In The Face Of War, and their first release in three years. This latest album is slightly more stripped down and straight-forward than their previous efforts but it shows a band that has been growing up and getting tighter every year.

Status: Active
Rock if you like: Tiefighter - The Carrier - Sinking Ships

Track listing:
1 - Sour Grapes
2 - Hawks
3 - We Keep On Fighting
4 - I Am A Lost Boy
5 - Gray Town
6 - Endless Summer
7 - Red Herring
8 - Indiana Jones
9 - On The Edge
10 - The Way Things Appear

Downpresser - Age Of Ignorance (2009)

Southern California's Downpresser release their long awaited 2nd ep and prove that old school hardcore is alive and well. Age Of Ignorance is 6 songs of NYC influenced hardcore done the right way. Heavy, fast and pissed off!

Status: Active
Rock if you like: Cro-Mags - Leeway - Stigmata

Track listing:
1 - Arm's Length
2 - Shiver
3 - Underneath
4 - 360 Disease
5 - The Labyrinth
6 - Broken Walls

Mammoth Grinder - Extiction Of Humanity (2009)

Austin, TX's Mammoth Grinder continue progressing with seven new songs that exceed anything they've released to date, with a gloomy, violent hardcore with Sabbath-esque breakdowns and thick and heavy sounding crust metal-laden riffs.

Status: Active
Rock if you like: Weekend Nachos - Mind Eraser - Hatred Surge

Track listing:
1 - Total Extinction
2 - Societal Collapse
3 - Sentenced To Hell
4 - Resurfacing
5 - Frozen
6 - Devoured By Fear
7 - Life Returns

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Paint It Black - Surrender (2009)

Paint It Black are back with their 2nd Ep of the year. They stay true to their roots and continue to churn out Emotive Punk fueled Hardcore. Surrender is their Fat Wreck Chords debut and is 4 songs of blistering Punk Hardcore that will leave you wanting more.

Status: Active
Rock if you like: Good Riddance - Kid Dynamite - Bad Brains

Track listing:
1 - Sacred
2 - Worms
3 - Cipher
4 - Surrender

Deathbound - We Deserve Much Worse (2007)

DEATHBOUND strikes back with their ravishing third album. Grooving and rocking grindcore / death metal. They don't break any new ground in the grind / death metal world but they sure do write songs as good if not better than most of their peers.

Status: Active
Rock if you like: Nasum - Rotten Sound - Gadget

Track listing:
1 - Deceiving Shortcuts
2 - End The Guessing
3 - Gain Control
4 - Revolutions Against Nothing
5 - Connected To The Confusion
6 - Torn
7 - Debate Or Terminate
8 - Preaching Back To Preachers
9 - Betrayal Wears Your Face
10 - No Disease Like Us
11 - Final Element
12 - A Fraction Of Truth
13 - Never Been Worse
14 - Rockthrowers Among Us
15 - Landmine
16 - Put The Blame On The Devil
17 - Vansinne
18 - Ward 77

Maudlin - Ionesco (2008)

Maudlin is a post hardcore/ sludge band out of Belgium. They combine atmospheric guitar work with a crushing rhythm section to create a very unique sound. Fans of all heavy music will be pleased with Maudlin's Ionesco.

Status: Active
Rock if you like: Cult Of Luna - Neurosis - Isis

Track listing:
1 - Solitaryecho (Bruises And Guilt)
2 - Drains Out Of Me (Endless Search)
3 - Without The Guilt (Escaping Shadows)
4 - I'll Cut (Distant Distortion)
5 - Nothingness (Nothingness)
6 - Ready (Receive My Faith)
7 - To Feel Faint (My Reality)
8 - As I Fall (Thunder Heart)
9 - Into The Dark Hands Of The Dancing Devil (Noise Between The Ears)

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Celan - Halo (2009)

Chris Spencer from Unsane and Ari Benjamin Meyers. Don't know if this is a one off album or not. It is awesome. Right up your alley if you liked Visqueen or Blood Run. Pretty heavy shit.

Status: Active
Rock If You Like: Unsane - State of Conviction - JJ's Paradise Players Club

Track listing:
1 - Safety Recall Notice
2 - A Thousand Charms
3 - All This And Everything
4 - One Minute
5 - Sinking
6 - Weigh Tag
7 - Washing Machine
8 - Train Of Thought
9 - It's Low
10 - Wait And See
11 - Lunchbox

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Errata - Errata (2009)

A screamo/postrock band from Portugal who's sound that is familiar to most, Errata has given a new style from the other side of the Atlantic Ocean. Passive melodies and make-shift sequences, they have a very good sense of musical craftsmanship. I wish them the best of luck and keep your head on your shoulders...

Status: Active
Contact: Myspace
Rock If You Like: Envy - Thursday - Orchid

01. Permanecer
02. Estética Sentimental
03. Tempestade em Segundos
04. (In)existência
05. Honesty is Hard as Myths

Sunday, August 9, 2009

Insidious Decrepancy - Extirpating Omniscient Certitude (2009)

Extirpating Omniscient Certitude is just insane. I have a huge soft spot for brutal death but this is as brutal as it gets. I will say this is like listening to Deeds of Flesh on speed. Amazing guitar with some well crafted drum programming. BLAST OFF!!!

Status: Active
Contact: Myspace
Rock If You Like: Deeds of Flesh - Decrepit Birth - Origin

1. Contemptuous Inception
2. Tribulation
3. Slighting Salvation
4. Once Revered
5. Extirpating Omniscient Certitude
6. Perpetual Equanimity
7. Adorned In Agony
8. Derided Reticence

Burnt By The Sun - Heart Of Darkness (2009)

Burnt By the Sun has returned with the staggering new and final album Heart of Darkness. Heart of Darkness clearly stands head and shoulders above the band’s renowned catalogue. Every aspect of this legendary band has been pushed to the limit: crushing riffs rain down like cement blocks, drums explode like gunfire and strident vocals howl against a modern dystopian society that besets us all, echoing the music's sonic sentiment. Heart of Darkness is both the heaviest Burnt By The Sun record, and stacked with the band's most memorable songs to date.

Status: Active
Rock If You Like: Endeavor - Disembodied - Human Remains

Track listing:
1 - Inner Station
2 - Cardiff Giant
3 - F-Unit
4 - A Party To The Unsound Method
5 - There Will Be Blood
6 - Goliath
7 - Rust | Future Primitive
8 - Beacon
9 - The Great American Dream Machine
10 - The Wolves Are Running

Saturday, August 8, 2009

Bone Awl - Meaningless Leaning Mess (2007)

After releasing many limited cassettes, splits, and 7"s, Bone Awl finally release their debut album. Like all of their previous releases, this is no compromise, and sticks to a primal and minimalist form of black metal. Each song rides an intense and violent pulse, with a tension and rawness that has not been previously matched by the band. While the music takes form in its bloody repetitive convulsions, the lyrics scream visions from a path that ends in death. A release that takes a unique and American stance on contemporary black metal.

Status: Active
Rock if you like: Akitsa - Malveillance - Vordr

Track listing:
1 - These Days Are Marked
2 - Pendulum
3 - One Nothing Between
4 - It's All Earth
5 - The Great Violence
6 - Without Hesitation
7 - Smiling Star-Wide
8 - I Am Only Lonely
9 - Head Of Silence
10 - Show Me
11 - Will A White Face
12 - Gray Heaps The Never Rot
13 - Meaningless Leaning Mess
14 - Crowned In Martyrmony
15 - Big Desicions
16 - Black Wings
17 - Be Still
18 - The King In Red

Soul Control - Cycles (2009)

Drawing influences from bands such as Burn, Bane, Quicksand, 108, and Into Another, SOUL CONTROL breathes fire back into a long-dormant style of hardcore. Don't mistake this as a grasp at nostalgia; Soul Control is not content to simply emulate a sound from the last decade. Cycles is instead a new chapter, a progression from the classics of the genre.

Status: Active
Rock if you like: Burn - Quicksand - I Rise

Track listing:
1 - Beyond Words
2 - Pursuing Ghosts
3 - Like Spiders
4 - Silent Reality
5 - Playing Coward
6 - You'd Sing Too
7 - Fundamental Forces
8 - Flux
9 - End Times
10 - Life Circle
11 - Ashes To Iron
12 - Cycles

Oroku - Living Through The End Time (2006)

The full length debut from these Lawrence, KS transplants. Now finding Seattle as their home, they have recorded this 13 song apocalyptic beast. With the addition of Lisa from Garmonbozia. Now they have a Remains Of The Day meets doom (the genre) meets filthy crust thing happening.

Status: Active
Rock if you like: Fall Of Efrafa - Ictus - Malachi

Track listing:
1 - Vulture
2 - Disgust For Mankind
3 - Meaningless
4 - Death To The Sufferer
5 - Drow
6 - The Falling
7 - Spineless
8 - Terror
9 - The End Is Near
10 - Sgt. James Marsh
11 - Terror
12 - Fire
13 - Imaginary Friend

Creatures - I, Lucifer (2009)

Creatures' debut full length, I, Lucifer, focuses on the band’s metal roots and pushes their sound further to the limit. Face melting solos, heavy-pulverizing riffs, and extreme speed is sure to provide something for everyone. With lyrics of depression, anger, and rage, this album will keep your head banging.

Status - Active
Rock if you like: Ringworm - Palehorse - Alpha & Omega

Track listing:
1 - I Lose
2 - Decimate
3 - Desolate
4 - IV
5 - Bottomless
6 - Burden
7 - Illusive Faults
8 - Suffer
9 - Death Reigns
10 - The Gates

Black Friday '29 - Black Friday 2009 (2009)

It’s 2009 and Europe’s leading hardcore band Black Friday ’29 are back with the most crucial and inevitable release to date: ‘Black Friday 2009’. A clear and pissed-off statement full of aggression, straightforwardness and social criticism. Musically the band splays their self-created traditional hardcore style even further: heavier, catchier and more extensive than any of their previous recordings.

Status: Active
Rock if you like: Panic - Carry On - Hands Tied

Track listing:
1 - Auri Sacra Fames
2 - Growing Colder
3 - Tell Tall Stories
4 - Set My Focus
5 - Memories
6 - Society Of Easy Solutions
7 - Instrumental
8 - No Farewell
9 - Totalausfall

This Is Hell - Warbirds (2009)

In 2009, with the release of "Warbirds," This Is Hell is showing no signs of slowing down. The heartfelt conviction and energy of their previous releases is matched with a new found energy that's complemented by a production handled by legendary hardcore/punk producer Jim Siegel. "Warbirds" contains three brand new, original tracks as well as two covers to round out the release.

Status: Active
Contact: http://www.thisishell.or/
Rock if you like: Ruiner - One Dead Three Wounded - Another Breath

Track listing:
1 - The Search
2 - Warbirds
3 - Worship Syndrome
4 - Crazy But Not Insane
5 - Never Tear Us Apart