Posts Tagged ‘southern lord’

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: Sunn O))) and Ulver – Terrestrials

Posted on Tuesday, February 4th, 2014

Lovingly pinched from Louder Than War: Sunn O))) can stake a rightful claim to being one of the most important metal bands of our time. Ever since they emerged out of Seattle in 1996 their releases and live shows have become the stuff of legend. They are both prolific and […]

Album of the Day: Pelican – Forever Becoming

Posted on Sunday, November 24th, 2013

Lovingly pinched from ThisIsNotAScene: One always has expectations when listening to a new album by an established band for the first time. Chicago’s Pelican have a reputation for expansive oceans of sound that quite literally are the sound track to some gargantuan military like operation. On first hearing Forever Becoming […]

Album of the Day: Noothgrush/Coffins – Split LP

Posted on Sunday, November 17th, 2013

Lovingly pinched from Toxicbreed’s Funhouse: Here we have a split of absolutely epic proportions: the first new material from sludge powerhouse Noothgrush in over a decade, as well as two crushing contributions from Japanese death metal band Coffins, coming together to make up one of the most ludicrously heavy split […]

Album of the day: A Storm Of Light – Nations To Flames

Posted on Tuesday, September 17th, 2013

Lovingly pinched from Heavy Metal: Perhaps A Storm of Light mastermind Josh Graham is best known as the former visual artist for Neurosis, but the multi-talented Graham has now turned his focus exclusively to ASOL. Graham has taken everything he’s learned from previous experience and joined forces once again with […]

Album of the day: Nails – Abandon All Life

Posted on Tuesday, March 19th, 2013

Lovingly pinched from The Sleeping Shaman: Nails. Not often has a band been better named, this full-bore sludgy grindcore three-piece monstrosity is simply HARD AS NAILS. You may have come across them in 2010 as their Kurt Ballou-produced blunt force trauma of a debut album, Unsilent Death, got some pretty […]

Album of the day: The Secret – Agnus Dei

Posted on Monday, September 24th, 2012

Lovingly pinched from ThisIsNotAScene: Southern Lord just keeps rolling. This time they offer the fourth album by The Secret, Agnus Dei. No one can ever accuse Southern Lord of coloring inside the lines, in fact it seems at times they go out of their way to blacken everything outside of […]

Album of the day: Xibalba – Hasta La Muerte

Posted on Wednesday, August 29th, 2012

Lovingly pinched from The Sleeping Shaman: The adjective ‘brutal’, like many others (such as ‘monolithic’ and ‘crushing’), has been bandied around far too much for its own good. When a writer uses it to describe the sound of a band we are oft numb to its implications through overexposure. I’m […]

Album of the day: Eagle Twin – The Feather Tipped The Serpent’s Scale

Posted on Wednesday, August 8th, 2012

Lovingly pinched from Metal Review: Something I find very appealing about Utah’s Eagle Twin is the fact that there’s not another band currently kicking around that sounds quite like them. I’ve seen them lumped alongside a handful of other droning sludgers, which I suppose is fair, but this duo truly […]

Album of the day: Sleep – Dopesmoker (Deluxe Reissue)

Posted on Tuesday, June 19th, 2012

Lovingly pinched from The Sleeping Shaman: Oh come on. This review really is redundant before it’s even begun isn’t it? I mean, where does one begin when reviewing an album that is the very epitome of a genre of music that the band who created it helped define, an album […]