DEPRAVATION - Feast With The Rats (2016)


GENRE: Black Metal, Hardcore, Crust, Punk
FFO: Goldust, Siberian Hell Sounds, Votnut, Esoteric Youth

OK so I am really thrilled to be posting about a new release from Gießen, Germany's Depravation as we haven't heard anything from them since 2014. This band always makes me feel nostalgic for the early days of this blog. I had been obsessed with their first release, I​:​PRAEDICTVM for a while, and then their LP, II​:​MALEDICTVM came out right around the same time I started this blog, so they were one of the very first bands I talked about in the first month of this site's existence. They also later released a split with another killer band, Slowly We Rot. If you're not familiar, Depravation is such a unique sounding band. They manage to exist in today's world of hardcore but at the same time are able to incorporate elements of old school death metal & European thrash into their music unlike anyone else. Lots of intricate guitar work that manages to sound simple and just plain evil. Venomous vocals that sound like they are coming for your soul. And an unending supply of contagious riffs. Needless to say, this is one of my favorite bands and they were definitely one of the inspirations for me starting this blog in the first place.

And now, after a year and a half of people leaving the band and life just generally getting in the way, the band is back on track. This brand new EP is 4 songs that clock in at over 16 minutes. It's being released as a one-sided LP with a killer silkscreen on the backside (see above). And while it sounds like the band has gone through some changes, I'm happy to say that this still definitely sounds like the Depravation that I know and love. Everything you could want in a Black Metal Hardcore band is here on display: Creepy intros, breakneck thrash, punishing headbanging jam sessions, desperate & dark atmospherics and overall, just a killer, unmistakebly German, Hardcore EP. And that my friends, is a good thing. I hope you guys like this as much as I do, and I hope there is more to come from this band. Enjoy.

DEATH VACATION - Bones Grow Cold (2016)


GENRE: Hardcore, Punk, D-Beat, Grindcore

Death Vacation is a 4 piece, female-fronted band from NY/NJ that formed in 2015. They have released 3 cassettes prior to this 7" and everything is available for a name your price download on their Bandcamp page. Their latest is a 5-track offering that just sounds great. The production is real nice, they really have their shit together. This is just a great sounding hardcore punk band. Combine that with the volatile vocals, and you've got yourself a high-energy, pissed off toe-tapper.

RUINAS - Self Titled (2016)


GENRE: Sludge, Crust, Metal, Stenchcore

Ruinas are from Buenos Aires, Argentina and were born in April 2013 after the dissolution of Human Horror in 2012. From what I can tell from rough translations, they started as a 3 piece and put out a demo & a split. In mid-2014, a 4th member was added, beginning a new era for the band with female vocals. Fast forward to now and we have a devastatingly heavy 7 track, Self Titled Album. I don't know what else to say about it. It's super sludgey, super heavy, super crusty. And all with killer grooves ripe for slow headbanging. Think of a slowed down Doom, Heartless or His Hero Is Gone.

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DODECAD-Impotence/Growth 12" (2016)

Country: USA
Genre: Sludge, Doom, Noise Rock, Math Rock

Label: Self-Released
Tracks: 6
Length: 26.0'

DODECAD is a three piece band from Missouri who formed in 2014, from the looks of things,  DODECAD play a killer style of music that incorporates elements of sludge, doom, noise rock, and math rock within their sound.  Musically, DODECAD can be said to be influenced by bands such as Playing Enemy, Botch, Oxes, Achilles, Coalesce and other like-minded bands.  Since forming in 2014, DODECAD have released a three song EP titled Impotence in July of 2015 and a three song EP titled Growth in October of 2015.  Impotence/Growth is the band's latest six song 12", which compiles both EPs onto one 12".  On Impotence/Growth, DODECAD offer up six songs of raw and vicious as fuck sounding sludge, doom, noise rock, and math rock.  Overall, Impotence/Growth is a killer LP and should not be missed.  Highly recommended!  Enjoy!

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Pregnancy Pact-A Better Hill To Die On EP (2016)

Country: USA
Genre: Post Hardcore, Punk, Emo, Screamo
Label: Self-Released
Tracks: 4
Length: 10.0'

Pregnancy Pact is a four piece band from Chicago, Illinois who formed in early 2016.  Pregnancy Pact play a killer style of music that incorporates elements of post hardcore, punk, emo, and screamo within their sound.  Musically, Pregnancy Pact can be said to be influenced by bands such as Calculator, Logs, Laurtec, and other like-minded bands.  A Better Hill To Die on is the bands' debut four song EP, which was released on March 29th, 2016.  On A Better Hill To Die On, Pregnancy Pact offer up four tracks of tense urgent sounding post hardcore, punk, emo, and screamo.  Overall, A Better Hill To Die On makes for a killer listen.  Highly recommended!  Enjoy!

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Ketch-The Anthems Of Dread LP (2016)

Country: USA
Genre: Doom, Sludge, Metal

Label: Self-Released
Tracks: 6
Length: 38.0'

Ketch is a five piece band from Arvada, Colorado who formed in 2013, from the looks of things.  Ketch play an oppresively heavy style of music that incorporates elements of doom, sludge, and metal within their sound.  Musically, Ketch can be said to be influenced by band such as Eyehategod, Neurosis, Old Man Gloom, Buzzoven, Grief, and other like-minded bands.  Since forming in 2013, Ketch have released a self-titled four song EP in November of 2014.  The Anthems Of Dread is the band's latest full-length LP, which was released on April 16th, 2016.  On The Anthems Of Dread, Ketch offer up six tracks of ominous and heavy as fuck sounding doom, sludge, and metal.  Overall, The Anthems Of Dread is a killer LP and should not be missed.  Highly recommended!  Enjoy!

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Single Mothers-Meltdown EP (2016)

Country: USA
Genre: Punk
Label: Self-Released
Tracks: 5
Length: 11.0'

Single Mothers are a London, Ontario based band who formed in 2008.  Single Mothers play a driving, angular, tense, and gritty style of punk.  Since forming in 2008, Single Mothers have released a self-titled four song EP in July of 2011, a three song EP titled Wild Party in March of 2012, and a ten song LP titled Negative Qualities in October of 2012.  Meltdown is the band's latest five song EP, which was released on August 26th, 2016.  On Meltdown, Single Mothers offer up five tracks of gritty and tense sounding punk music.  Overall, Meltdown makes for a killer listen.  Highly recommended!  Enjoy!

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Moment- Thick & Unwieldy From All Our Layers: A Discography (2016)

Country: USA
Genre: Punk, Post Hardcore

Label: Tor Johnson/All About Records/Teeth Like Swords
Tracks: 27
Length: 65.0'

This release is over 4 years in the planning. Tor Johnson Records along with All About Records and Teeth Like Swords are releasing a double LP discography from a band named Moment. They were a Boston area band from the late 90s-early 00s. Starting in the suburban VFW/DIY scene, Moment went on to have a huge hand in kickstarting and breathing life into the Boston basement scene. The record comes in a hand letter-pressed and silk-screened chipboard jacket with a hand embossed insert and includes all the music the band ever recorded including unreleased songs.  (Press Note)

*FFO; Lifetime, Make Do And Mend, early Title Fight, The Movielife

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Burn Your Highness-Pisslife/Happiness LP (2016)

Country: Sweden
Genre: Doom, Sludge, Metal
Label: Self-Released
Tracks: 5
Length: 44.0'

Burn Your Highness is a Sweden based band who formed in 2012, from the looks of things.  Burn Your Highness play a raw and dirty style of music that incorporates elements of doom, sludge, and stoner metal within their sound.  Burn Your Highness cite Unsane, Sleep, Bongzilla, Charles Bukowski, Iron Monkey, Seventh Void, Eyehategod, Helmet, Yob, Ohm, Kyuss, Grief, Godflesh, and Dark Castle as influences, which definitely show up in the band's sound and style.  Since forming in 2012, Burn Your Highness have released an eight song LP titled We Drank Heavily in October of 2012, a ten song LP titled Russian Beer Dance in May of 2013, an a three song EP titled Hell Is A Lonely Place in May of 2013.  Pisslife/Happiness is the band's latest five track LP, which was released on April 24th, 2016.  On Pisslife/Happiness, Burn Your Highness offer up five tracks of filthy, raw, and lo-fi sounding doom, sludge, and stoner metal.  Overall, Pisslife/Happiness makes for a killer listen.  Highly recommended!  Enjoy!

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Drug-Infinite Stimulant EP (2016)

Country: USA
Genre: Post Punk, Punk, Garage Rock, Shoegaze
Label: Self-Released
Tracks: 5
Length: 12.0'

Drug is a five piece band from Tampa, Florida who formed in 2016, from the looks of things.  Drug play a driving, tense and frenetic style of music that incorporates elements of post punk, punk, garage rock, and shoegaze within their sound.  Musically, Drug can be said to be influenced by bands such as The Estranged, Creative Adult, Culture Abuse, Wipers, Hot Snakes, and other like-minded bands.  Infinite Stimulant is the band's debut five song EP, which was released on May 13th, 2016.  On Infinite Stimulant, Drug offer up five tracks of dark, moody, and tense sounding post punk, punk, garage rock, and shoegaze.  Overall, Infinite Stimulant is a killer EP and should not be missed.  Highly recommended!  Enjoy!

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Lace-"My Mask Is Off" Demo (2016)

Country: USA
Genre: Hardcore, Punk
Label: Self-Released
Tracks: 6
Length: 10.0'

Lace is a five piece band from Houston, Texas who formed in 2016, from the looks of things.  Lace play a raw, caustic, and volatile as fuck style of hardcore and punk.  Musically, Lace can be loosely compared to bands such as Repos, Aerosols, and Raw Nerve.  This is the band's debut six track demo, which was released on August 1st, 2016.  On their debut six song demo, Lace offer up six tracks of raw, filthy, and completely blown out hardcore and punk.  Overall, "My Mask Is Off" makes for a killer listen.  Highly recommended!  Enjoy!

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Jesus Fucking Christ


ive wanted to post these guys forever but just hadn't gotten around to it so now here they are. this is one of dave eds side projects. however don't go into this thinking youre gonna hear anything like modern day neurosis. these guys were/are? some snotty thrashtastic bay area metallic punk rock of the highest order. guess if you wanted to draw a neurosis comparison it could be a little like "pain of mind" era material. included is both full lengths, the 2nd being my favorite of two just because dave ed takes over more vocal duties and his brand of cookie monster bark is just the perfect amount of over the top, and that album is a little darker over all. also included is the star fucking hipsters split. its low quality but its the only rip ive ever been able to find. still worth a listen. get sacrilegious.

Full Bloom-Demo (2016)

Country: USA
Genre: Hardcore, Punk

Label: self-Released
Tracks: 3
Length: 4.0'

Full Bloom is a new band from Detroit, Michigan who formed in 2016.  This five piece band play a brutal, yet slightly melodic style of hardcore/punk.  Musically, Full Bloom can be loosely compared to bands such as Incendiary, Kerouac, Violent Sons, and other like-minded bands.  This is the band's debut three song demo, which was released on August 8th, 2016.  On their debut three track demo, Full Blown offer up some killer hardcore jams that are definitely worth checking out.  Great stuff.  Enjoy!

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(U.S.) Shallow Cuts-Empty Beach Town LP (2016)

Country: USA
Genre: Punk, Grunge, Indie Rock

Label: No Idea
Tracks: 12
Length: 25.0'

Shallow Cuts is a three piece band from Minneapolis, MN and San Diego, CA who formed in early 2014, from the looks of things.  Shallow Cuts features member of Dan Padilla, Madison Bloobbath, Dear Landlord, and Gateway District.  Musically,  Shallow Cuts can be loosely compared to bands such as The Replacements, Hot Water Music, Jawbreaker, Beach Slang, and other-like minded bands.  Since forming in 2014, Shallow Cuts have released a four song EP titled Storm Watch in September of 2014 and a split 7" with Radon in November of 2015.  Empty Beach Town is the band's debut full-length LP, which was released via No Idea records on July 8th, 2016.  On Empty Beach Town, Shallow Cuts offer up twelve tracks of energetic, melodic, and catchy as hell sounding punk, grunge, and indie rock.  Overall, Empty Beach Town is a killer LP and should not be missed.  Highly recommended!  Enjoy!

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(U.S.) Yeesh-Confirmation Bias LP (2016)

Country: USA
Genre: Post Punk, Punk, Grunge, Indie Rock

Label: Tiny Engines
Tracks: 10
Length: 32.0'

Yeesh is a three piece band from Chicago, Illinois who formed in 2008.  Yeesh play a tense, frenetic, dynamic, and angular style of music that incorporates elements of post punk, punk, grunge, and indie rock within their sound.  Musically, Yeesh can be said to be influenced by bands such as Haymarket Riot, Hot Snakes, Drive Like Jehu, The Nervous System, Hoover, Gravity Index, and other-like minded bands.  Since forming in 2008, Yeesh have released a four song EP titled Little Stabs Of Happiness in December of 2010, a five song self-titled EP in September of 2013, and a ten song LP titled No Problem in March of 2015.  Confirmation Bias is the band's second full-length LP, which was released via Tiny Engines records on July 22nd, 2016.  On Confirmation Bias, Yeesh offer up ten tracks of tense and frenetic sounding post punk, punk, grunge, and indie rock.  Overall, Confirmation Bias is a killer LP.  Highly recommended!  Enjoy!

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Magnum Force - Hood Crimes (2016)


My first post is Magnum Force from Phoenix, Arizona. This EP is not so new (February 2016) but it's a really good one. Pure Powerviolence.

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Black Shape Of Nexus-Carrier 2X LP (2016)

Country: Germany
Genre: Doom, Sludge, Post Metal
Label: Exile On Mainstream
Tracks: 6
Length: 49.0'

Black Shape Of Nexus is a six piece band from Mannheim, Germany who formed in 2005.  Black Shape Of Nexus play an ominous and oppressive style of doom, sludge, and ambient post metal.  Musically, Black Shape Of Nexus can be said to be influenced by bands such as Neurosis, Amen Ra, Isis, Eyehategod, and Old Man Gloom.  Since forming in 2005, Black Shape Of Nexus have released a four song self-titled demo in June of 2006, a split LP with Crowskin in June of 2008, a self-titled LP in January of 2008, a full-length LP titled Microbarome Meetings in July of 2008, a solit LP with Kodiak in April of 2010, a five song LP titled Mannheim in December of 2012,  appeared on Clone-play slow.die fast compilation in November of 2012, a seven song LP titled Negative Black in April of 2012, a split LP with Lazarus Blackstar in March of 2014, a digital single titled Sachsenheim in January of 2015, a digital single titled VII in Julyof 2015, a discography of unreleased material titlerd Nothing New-10 Years Of Fresh Air Enjoyment in December of 2015, and appeared on the A Fucking Tribute To Hellhammer compilation in July of 2016.  Carrier is the band's latest full-length double LP, which was released via Mainstream records on March 18th, 2016.  On Carrier, Black Shape Of Nexus offer up six tracks of dark, ominous, and stark as fuck sounding doom, sludge, and post metal.  Overall, Carrier is a killer LP and should not be missed.  Highly recommended!  Enjoy!

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