1. Holding Absence & Alpha Wolf - The Lost & The Longing (Split EP)
Genre: Metalcore & Rock
"Holding Absence and Alpha Wolf have just released a new collaborative split EP called 'The Lost & The Longing'.
As much a celebration of each band's music as it is a celebration of the strength and state of the scene at the moment, both bands coming out swinging with some of the most bruising, vital, ethereal and huge material to date, as well as allowing the other to encourage further exploration and innovation along the way.
It's a benchmark in its own right for not just the bands involved but for all of their peers, and shows just how exciting the future is set to be." - JACK ROGERS at Rocksound.tv
2. Sun Is Poison - Dark Cloud Unhand Me (Ballston Spa, New York)
3. Russian Circles - Gnosis (Chicago, Illinois)
Russian Circles is an American instrumental band based in Chicago, Illinois. The band was originally formed by childhood friends Mike Sullivan and Dave Turncrantz after their previous musical projects dissolved. After parting ways with their original bass player Colin DeKuiper in 2007, the trio was rounded out by Brian Cook. The band has gained widespread recognition based on a series of critically acclaimed albums and extensive international touring. Their name is taken from a drill exercise used in ice hockey, a sport Sullivan and Turncrantz grew up playing in their original hometown of St. Louis.
4. The Chats - Get Fucked (Queensland, Australia)
The Chats are a pub-punk shed-rock band from Queensland, Australia. They began playing together in high school, releasing their debut self titled EP a month away from graduating. About nine months out of high school, The Chats went back into the studio to record their follow up EP, "Get This In Ya". The second EP sat online for half a year until the band had a viral hit with the music video for their song "Smoko", which racked in millions of views on Youtube in a couple of days. Since then, The Chats have become notorious for their loud and chaotic live shows and their zero fucks attitude. The Chats have sold out shows in Australia, New Zealand, England, Scotland, and Europe. They've toured with Australian punk legends Cosmic Psychos, US rock heavyweights Queens of the Stone Age, and fellow pisswrecks Pist Idiots. With a debut album in the works, as well as national and international tours, The Chats aren't showing any signs of slowing down soon.
5. Orthodox - Learning to Dissolve (Nashville, Tennessee)
6. Spite - Dedication To Flesh (Kalamazoo, Michigan)
7. Hive - Spiritual Poverty (Minneapolis, Minnesota)
Minneapolis’ HIVE have no doubts about who they are or what they want to do. Featuring members of veteran hardcore bands such as BOSNIA and DISEMBODIED, the constituent parts of this four-piece had all been around the block a few times before they settled on this project’s largely singular vision of destruction back in 2014. Helping themselves to overlapping dollops of D-beat, crust and hardcore, their methods may be somewhat familiar, but they’re also thoroughly effective. Their latest effort, Spiritual Poverty, is out this Friday via the invariably consistent Translation Loss Records. True to form, it’s a razor sharp offering that proudly flies the flag for the legendary Twin Cities scene.
With the band clearly uninterested in reinventing the wheel, Spiritual Poverty mostly gets by on fury alone. Early impressions of the record are essentially a whirlwind of blistering D-beats, crunchy riffs, squealing guitars and invariably pissed vocals. It hits the ground running with opener With Roots In Hell, the band doing away with any kind of ominous intro or slow-build and instead launching arguably far more impactfully into a scuzz-caked rager. Second track So It Is Done only ups the ante from there, again avoiding any particular frills or fancies in favour of a feral exploration of “the relationship between master and slave in the American political system”. By its end, you should already have a good idea of what to expect from the record to follow, and it doesn’t disappoint from there. - Ellis Heasley at distortedsoundmag
8. Morbid Evils - Supernaturals (Turku, Finland)
Genre: Doom Metal/Death Metal
"Back in 2014, Finnish funeral sludge project Morbid Evils emerged with their first song. Founded by Keijo Niinimaa, it’s a wildly different beast than Niinimaa’s grinding output with Rotten Sound. During their 8 year tenure, Morbid Evils have displayed influences from old school death metal, crust, and the most misanthropic forms of doom. Five years since the release of Deceases, the band prepares to unleash their third LP. Supernaturals is an impenetrably heavy ode to misery with the band’s most sinister compositions to date. Decibel Magazine is psyched to exclusively share the record ahead of the album’s August 19th release from Transcending Obscurity Records.
Composed of four lengthy tracks spanning forty minutes, Supernaturals is an uncompromising journey through wastelands of the human psyche. An undercurrent of old school death carries “Fearless” to stomping segues between monolithic riffs. Dark psychedelia swirls into the bloodstream of “Anxious.” Like countrymen Hooded Menace, Morbid Evils imbue their sound with splashes of melody (“Tormented”) in the form of eerie and emotive guitar leads from Tuomas Varila. The final track is a churning nightmare of down-tuned death and caustic sludge that shapeshifts tempos across its eleven minute reign of terror. The result is a record that matches the hellish smudges of the album’s cover art by Dawid Figielek. It’s a dense and gnarled album that offers no sanctuary and no reprieve." - Sean Frasier at Decibel Magazine
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