Archive for June, 2016

Album of the day: Iskra – Ruins

Posted on Thursday, June 30th, 2016

Lovingly pinched from The Line Of Best Fit: Blackened crust punks Iskra are, let’s say, re-releasing Ruins, a fantastic 10-song LP they first self-released a year and a half ago, on Southern Lord. This version, however, collects three originals from a split EP they put out in 2011 and tacks them on at the end. While ‘blackened crust’ describes their work accurately in a general sense – especially their last record – Ruins sees the band expand beyond the “black metal tremolo riffing played at grindcore speed”.

Iskra - Ruins

They still can and do play with the kind of sprinting intensity that sounds as if the band could tear itself apart at any second, as on opener ‘Lawless’ and ‘Der Einzige’ (or any of the three EP songs). The break-neck pace on display here is truly something to behold, if you’re a fan of grind or not. Where Ruins really shines, though, is when Iskra fuck with their own formula.

The six (!) minute ‘Predator Drone MQ-1’ manages to weave a coherent song out of traditional black metal, crust punk, ’80s death metal, and groove metal. Similarly, ‘Illegal’ begins as a chainsaw-riff nightmare before hitting the brakes with a surprisingly calm-ish whammy bar solo before jumping to a reserved mid-tempo black metal coda.

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Album of the Day: Mos Generator – Abyssinia

Posted on Wednesday, June 29th, 2016

Lovingly pinched from MaximumVolumeMusic: In the build up to this record, Mos Generator main man Tony Reed has talked about wanting the record to represent some real growth and change. Literally he shook things up after the 2014 album Electric Mountain Majesty and in 2015 there was an entirely new […]

Album of the Day: The Poisoned Glass – 10 Swords

Posted on Tuesday, June 28th, 2016

Lovingly pinched from Louder Than War: Looming up out of the frozen wastes like a daemon General at the head a vast undead army comes The Poisoned Glass. With 10 Swords, doom metal veterans G. Stuart Dahlquist and Edgemont Martin, aka Edgy59 – both of whom cut their fangs in […]

Album of the day: Dylan Carlson & Coleman Grey – Falling With A Thousand Stars and Other Wonders From The House of Albion

Posted on Monday, June 27th, 2016

Lovingly pinched from Echoed And Dust: Dylan Carlson’s new album is Falling with a Thousand Stars and Other Wonders from the House of Albion. Well, new…  it’s newly released, but old in the tale of its own lengthy crowdfunding history, and old too in the folk resonances of the songs […]

Album of the Day: Bossk – Audio Noir

Posted on Friday, June 24th, 2016

Lovingly pinched from Echoes And Dust: I’ve known about Bossk for some years now, having collected their initial forays into recorded output back in 2007. If I recall correctly, I was just starting to explore (mostly) instrumental bands beyond Mogwai and Explosions In The Sky. The gateway to Bossk was […]

Album of the Day: Terra Tenebrosa – The Reverses

Posted on Thursday, June 23rd, 2016

Lovingly pinched from CVLT Nation: Back in 1997, a tour was announced that would forever change the way my then-eighteen-year-old self thought about music. Much could be (and was) said about the awe-inspiring coalition of Entombed and Neurosis, yet it was the off-kilter, crushing darkness of opening band Breach that […]

Album of the Day: Arctic – S/T

Posted on Wednesday, June 22nd, 2016

Lovingly pinched from Ave Noctum: Californian stoner riff worshippers, Arctic have just landed their self-titled debut after a number of years touring.  Taking their cue from classic names such as Blue Cheer, Black Sabbath, Sleep and Jimi Hendrix, they’ve served up a slab of fuzz laden, effects drenched, head banging […]

Album of the Day: Swans – The Glowing Man

Posted on Tuesday, June 21st, 2016

Lovingly pinched from Slant Magazine: Ever since Michael Gira reunited his band for 2010‘s My Father Will Guide Me Up a Rope to the Sky, his work as Swans has tended toward increasingly baroque expressions, compounding unvarnished drone minimalism into dizzying configurations. Symphonic in scope, these albums have built on […]

Album of the Day: Nails – You Will Never Be One of Us

Posted on Monday, June 20th, 2016

Lovingly pinched from Treble Zine: You’re unlikely to read anything about Oxnard hardcore brutes Nails without seeing repeated use of the word “extreme.” And it’s warranted. Nails are, indeed, an extreme bunch, prone to fits of unbridled rage and teeth-gnashing menace. It’s a complex sort of extremeness though—while every track […]

Album of the day: Wode – Wode

Posted on Friday, June 17th, 2016

Lovingly pinched from Echoes And Dust: It’s hard for a label like Broken Limbs Recordings to exceed expectations, especially since I’ve come to expect great releases from them, but Wode may just be the best album they’ve ever released. It literally blew me away, and that’s not an easy feat […]