R.I.P. @ SAINT VITUS BAR




It was a night of sweaty rock n roll, fuzz, traditional metal and street doom (whatever that means exactly...). Rattlesnake and Mick's Jaguar brought all of the rock n roll swagger and boogie you could hope for. Mick's Jaguar just released their new LP on Riding Easy Records (label home of R.I.P. as well); if their show is any indicator of how the album is it will be a really great listen for fans of Thin Lizzy, AC/DC, and plain fun party rock, plus they have a triple guitar attack. R.I.P. was beyond awesome. They began the evening by announcing themselves as the first true metal show anyone in attendance had ever seen. Whether or not that is true they left everyone at Saint Vitus satisfied customers! Try and see them if you can, who doesn't love a front man with a scythe as his custom mic stand?

SKINNERS- "SKINNERS II" LP


Country: UK
Label: Self Released 
Genre: Punk, Tank Punk, Hardcore, PowerViolence 
Release Date: February 24, 2017




Today I present to you the noisy, unhinged and full of anti-fascist venom " SKINNERS II" LP! Hailing from Bath, U.K  and formed some time in the year 2014, this self described "Punk Commie Propaganda Mouth Piece" brings an LP that comes out swinging right from the gate... dirty sounding bass guitar sets the tone behind guitar swells, improvs and squeals. This is not your usual PowerViolence or EmoViolence band. 
The music leans into you and hits hard. The dual guitars & dirty bass keep you checked in with well written riffs and a healthy dose of experimentation that is hard to find in this particular area of underground music. Never too melodic, but still catchy and especially sick soloing and Pedalboard play. Sometimes they are bringing me back to 2006-2010 era Magrudergrind, which is fucking awesome.
The drumming is notable as well, as this album was undoubtedly tracked live, and the drummer is steering this ship of perfectly pissed off and composed commie punk with amazing composure. If you need blast beats , rest assured there are plenty to be had, although my most notable remarks would be: The composition of the percussion makes these songs exactly what you would want without being predictable. Which another area where this band excels in a sub-genre that does not necessarily have these qualities as the focal point.
I can't leave out the passionate vocal performance. I couldn't imagine anyone else over what I have just described than their current vocalist. The lyrics are witty and sharp and delivered excellently. The vocals have just enough hardcore and screamo styling mixed in to give the entire album a very frustrated kind of vibe. If the musicians were painting composure while experimenting, the vocalist is the perfect contrast to that.
 An onion in the whiskey. 


 In closing, SKINNERS hit sweet spots of organic experimentation while never losing their hard right cross of dual guitars, bass, well delivered drumming and frantic vocalizing.  No bullshit or filler is to be found  here Comrades! 

FFO: Charles Bronson, Void, Witch Cult, Magrudergrind (S/T and Earlier), Hassan I Sabbah

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夢遊病者 Sleepwalker-For This Time Only, Never Again EP (2018)

Country: Japan
Genre: Black Metal, Experimental 
Label: Sentient Ruin Laboratories
Tracks: 6
Length: 22.30'

一期一会 (Ichi-go ichi-e): "for this time only, never again". This japanese idiom is the central theme of the new, second, unbelievable album of the same name by the elusive psychedelic/avantgarde black metal enigma 夢遊病者 (Sleepwalker). Once again fusing drone, raw black metal, kraut/psychedelic rock, free-jazz, noise rock, and tribal ritualism to absolutely mind-melting effect, Sleepwalker's idea behind this new record was to take central superstitions that rule the rhetoric of eastern lore and funnel them through the prism of the modern world. The final result: the band's staple psychedelic black metal mind-fuck ritual gloriously preserved and burning brighter and more insanely than ever. Suspended between the visionary opposites of bands like Voivod, Zeni Geva, Oxbow, King Crimson, Ornassi Pazuzu, Lurker of Chalice, and Xasthur, with "一期一会" Sleepwalker have once again proven to be one of the most mind-expanding and visionary experimental black metal acts of our times.

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*Damn, This is some really awesome psychedelic raw black metal.  I'm at a loss of words as far as explaining how good this is and what to compare Sleepwalker too.  Highly recommended!  Enjoy!  For This Time Only, Never Again was released via Sentient Ruin Laboratories on May 25th, 2018.

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City Pigs-I Don't Wanna Cut My Hair LP (2018)

Country: USA
Genre: Drone, Experimental Noise
Label: Self-Released
Tracks: 4
Length: 34.0'

City Pigs is a two piece band from Providence, Rhode Island who formed in early 2018.  Cit Pigs play a harsh and abrasive style of drone and experimental noise.  Since forming in 2018, City Pigs have released a five song demo in March of 2018, a two song LP titled End Days in April of 2018, and a five song EP titled Brutalist in May of 2018.  I Don't Wanna Cut My Hair is the band's latest four song LP, which was released on June 14th, 2018.  On I Don't Wanna Cut My Hair, City Pigs offer up four tracks of harsh and abrasive drone and experimental noise.  Overall, I Don't Want To Cut My Hair makes for an interesting and unsettling listen.  Great stuff!  Enjoy!

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City Pigs-Brutalist EP (2018) 

Council Of Rats-Coarse LP (2017)

Country: Italy
Genre:Hardcore, Punk, Scramo
Label: Per Koro/Shove/Sonatine Records
Tracks: 11
Length: 26.50'

Council Of Rats is a four piece band from Milan, Italy who formed in 2012.  Council Of Rats play a killer style of music that incorporates elements of hardcore, punk, and screamo within their sound.  Musically, Council Of Rats can be loosely compared to bands such as Birds In Row, Direwolves, Raein, Daitro, and other like-minded bands.  Since forming in 2012, Council Of Rats have released a self-titled EP in April of 2013, a ten song LP titled Ill Weathers in June of 2014, and a two song EP titled Blinded in December of 2015.  Coarse is the band's latest full-length LP which was released via Per Koro, Shove, and Sonatine records on March 1st, 2017.  On Coarse, Council Of Rats offer up eleven tracks of volatile and chaotic sounding hardcore, punk, and screamo.  Overall, Coarse makes for an awesome listen and definitely should not be missed.  Highly recommended!  Enjoy!

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Sallow Moth-Deathspore Cassette (2018)

Country: USA
Genre: Death Metal, Metal
Label: Caligari Records
Tracks: 5
Length: 17.0'

Sallow Moth is the solo project of Garry Brents, who plays in the Dallas Texas based band Cara Neir.  Sallow Moth plays a raw, ugly, and unfiltered style of death metal.  Since his inception in 2016, Sallow Moth have released a three song EP titled Moss Deceptiva in June of 2016.  Deathspore is Sallow Moth's latest five song EP, which was released via Caligari records on May 18th, 2018.  Deathspore features five tracks of raw, ugly, and vicious sounding death metal.  Overall, Deathspore makes for an amazing listen and definitely should not be missed.  Highly recommended!  Enjoy!  Cassette and CD copies of Deathspore are limited to 200 copies each, so snag one quick before they're gone!

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(CAN) Tomb Mold-Manor Of Infinite Forms LP (2018)

Country: Canada
Genre: Black Metal, Death Metal
Label: 20 Buck SPin
Tracks: 7
Length: 39.35'

Tomb Molt is a Toronto, Ontario based band who formed in 2015, from the looks of things.  Tomb Mold play an ugly, vicious, and brutal as fuck style of music that incorporates elements of black metal and death metal within their sound.  Since forming in 2015, Tomb Mold have released a four song EP titled The Bottomless Perdition in January of 2016, a three song EP titled The Moulting in September of 2016, and a two song EP titled Cryptic Transmissions in September of 2017.  Manor Of Infinite Forms is the band's debut full-length LP, which was released via 20 Buck Spin records on June 8th, 2018.  On Manor Of Infinite Forms, Tomb Mold offer up seven tracks of ugly, vile, and brutal as fuck sounding black metal and death metal.  Overall, Manor Of Infinite Forms makes for an amazing listen and definitely should not be missed.  Highly recommended!  Enjoy!

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YOUNG WIDOWS & EMMA RUTH RUNDLE





Young Widows headlined two shows last week at Saint Vitus celebrating the 10 year anniversary of, arguably, their best record Old Wounds. Coinciding with the tour is the release of their Decayed album, collecting odds and ends spanning their first four LPs. They have been an absolute favorite band of mine since they formed from the ashes of Breather Resist. I had the pleasure of directing their video for King Sol off of Easy Pain. I always make an effort to see them when they come to town. Emma Ruth Rundle opened the show with an intimate, mostly acoustic, set. Young Widows blasted through Old Wounds and a three song encore spanning their other three releases. Hope you enjoy the photos, if you haven't checked out their music before, you absolutely should. If you've never seen them before, do not miss another opportunity!

Matter Field-S/T Cassette (2018)

Country: USA
Genre: Hardcore, Punk, Emo, Screamo
Label: Middle-Man
Tracks: 18'
Length: 25.30'

Matter Field is a two piece band from Indiana featuring Shawn Decker from Coma Regalia and his wife Lauren.  Matter Field play a killer style of music that incorporates elements of hardcore, punk, emo, and screamo.  Musically, Matter Field can be loosely compared to bands such as Comadre, Dangers, Books Lie, Glasses, and other like-minded bands.  This is the band's debut LP, which was released via Middle Man records on May 31st, 2018.  On their self-titled debut Matter Field offer up eighteen tracks of punchy and at times, melodic hardcore, punk, emo, and screamo.  Overall, Matter Field's debut makes for an awesome listen and definitely should not be missed.  Great stuff!  Enjoy!

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(U.S.) Petrification-Hollow Of The Void LP (2018)

Country: USA
Genre: Death Metal
Label: Sentient Ruin Laboratories
Tracks: 11
Length: 35.25'

Bastard old school death metal orcs Petrification return with their debut full-length album, unleashing a lawless legion of pummeling and brain-eating riffs designed to annihilate the listener and dismantle their flesh in the most barbarous and least efficient way possible. Through these eleven new cuts of decaying brutality and mental abuse, the Portland death metal butchers unleash a barrage of classically gruesome and traditionally repulsive death metal chaos that worships directly at the rotting altar of legends Autopsy, Nihilist, Grave, Convulse, Funebre, Bolt Thrower etc., while also setting their footmark as a visionary and ambitious entity all of their own, set on a path of total self-determination within the most liminal realms of absurd death metal de(con)struction.
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*Damn, this is some insanely good old school death metal.  Hollow Of The Void was released via Sentient Ruin Laboratories on April 23rd, 2018.  Hollow Of The Void features eleven tracks of raw and filthy sounding death metal.  Overall, Hollow Of The Void makes for an amazing listen and definitely should not be missed.  Highly recommended!  Enjoy!

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Dust Bath-Daunting EP (2018)

Country: USA
Genre: Shoegaze, Doom, Stoner Metal, Alt. Rock
Label: Self-Released
Tracks: 5
Length: 15.25'

Dust Bath is a two piece band from Chicago, Illinois who formed in 2017.  Dust Bath play a killer style of music that incorporates elements of shoegaze, doom metal, stoner metal, and alt. rock within their sound.  Since forming in 2017, Dust Bath have released a digital single titled Black Ships in July of 2017.  Daunting is the band's debut EP, which was released on April 7th, 2018.  On Daunting, Dust Bath offer up five tracks of gloomy, atmospheric, and heavy sounding shoegaze, doom, stoner metal, and alt. rock.  Overall, Daunting makes for an awesome listen and definitely should not be missed.  Highly recommended!  Enjoy!

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Totenwagen-Notte Di Guai EP (2018)

Country: Italy
Genre: Punk, Metal, Death Rock
Label: self-Released 
Tracks: 9
Length: 22.35'

Totenwagen is a three piece band from Napoli, Italy who formed in 2007, from the looks of things.  Totenwagen play an interesting mix of organ driven punk, metal, and death rock.  As far as loose comparisons, I'm getting a bit of a cool Misfits and Cramps vibe as far as this band is concerned.  Since forming in 2007, Totenwagen have released an eight song EP titled Wir kommen aus Neapel in January of 2007, a seven song EP titled Argwohn in March of 2013, and a digital single titled Nocturno punk in December of 2014.  Notte Di Guai is the band's latest EP, which was released on January 14th, 2018.  On Notte Di Guai, Totenwagen offer up nine tracks of interesting horror punk, metal, and death rock.  Overall, Notte Di Guai makes for an interesting listen and is definitely worth checking out.  To be honest, this isn't really something I'm usually interested, but it's unique and definitely worth checking out.  Enjoy!

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Pharmakos-Rot EP (2018)

Country: USA
Genre: Post Punk, Post Rock, Death Rock, Experimental
Label: Self-Released
Tracks: 7
Length: 25.12'

Pharmakos is the musical of project of Cole Hill who is currently from Brooklyn NY who started creating music in Dallas Texas in 2011.  Pharmakos play a hauntingly eerie style of music that incorporates elements of post punk, experimental post rock, and death rock within his sound.  Since forming in 2011, Pharmakos have released a fourteen song LP titled Nude in April of 2014 and a digital single titled When I Consider Everything That Grows in April of 2018. Rot is Pharmakos' latest EP, which was released on June 1st, 2018.  On Rot, Pharmakos offer up seven tracks of killer post punk, experimental post rock, and death rock.  Overall, Rot makes for an awesome listen and is definitely worth checking out.  Great stuff!  Enjoy!

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Scathed-Already Dead LP (2018)

Country: USA
Genre: Hardcore, Punk, Crust, Grindcore
Label: MKE Ultra
Tracks: 11
Length: 30.30'

Scathed is a three piece band from Milwaukee, Wisconsin who formed in 2016.  Scathed an absolutely vicious and brutal as fuck style of music that incorporates elements of hardcore, punk, crust, and grindcore within their sound.  Musically, Scathed can be loosely compared to bands such as Baptists, Cursed, Rise And Fall, Sect, Protestant, and other like-minded bands.  Since forming in 2016, Scathed have released a self-titled demo in August of 2016.  Already Dead is the band's debut full-length LP, which was released on June 16th, 2018.  On Already Dead, Scathed offer up eleven tracks of brutal as fuck sounding hardcore, punk, crust, and grindcore.  Overall, Already Dead makes for an amazing listen and definitely should not be missed.  Highly recommended!  Enjoy!

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Drones For Queens-Unwavering Servant LP (2016)

Country: USA
Genre: Hardcore, Punk, Metal, Grindcore

Label: Self-Released
Tracks: 10
Length: 21.0'

Drones For Queens is a three piece band from Philadelphia, PA who formed in 2012, by the looks of things.  Drones For Queens play a killer style of music that incorporates elements of hardcore, punk, metal, and grindcore within their sound.  Musically, Drones For Queens can be loosely compared to bands such as Fulgora, Livistid, Pig Destroyer, Wake, and other like-minded bands.  Since forming in 2012, Drones For Queens have released a four song EP titled Health in July of 2012, a split with Occult 45 in December of 2013, a four song EP titled Practically Weapons in March of 2015, and most recently, a cover of Carnivore's Thermonuclear Warrior in April of 2018.  Unwavering Servant is the band's debut full-length LP, which was released on November 1st, 2016.  On Unwavering Servant, Drones For Queens offer up ten tracks of vicious, scathing, and brutal as fuck sounding hardcore, punk, metal, and grindcore.  Overall, Unwavering Servant makes for an awesome listen and definitely should not be missed.  Highly recommended!  Enjoy!

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Ramuh-Glowing Civilization EP (2018)

Country: International
Genre: Hardcore, Punk, Grindcore, Powerviolence
Label: Nerve Altar
Tracks: 7
Length: 4.10"

Ramuh is a three piece international project featuring Mauro Cordoba from Maruta, Dylan Walker from Full Of Hell, and Balázs Pándi from Merzbow/Kenji Haino.  Ramuh play a blistering and scathing style of music that incorporates elements of hardcore, punk, grindcore, and powerviolence within their sound.  Glowing Civilization is the band's debut EP, which was released via Nerve Altar records on June 15th, 2018.  On Glowing Civilization, Ramuh offer up seven tracks of vicious and brutal as fuck sounding hardcore, punk, grindcore, and powerviolence.  Overall, Glowing Civilization makes for an amazing EP and definitely should not be missed.  Highly recommended!  Enjoy!

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SCVM-Demo (2018)

Country: USA
Genre: Hardcore, Punk, Black Metal
Label: Self-Released
Tracks: 6
Length: 9.25'

SCVM is a four piece band from Hartford, CT who formed in 2017, from the looks of things of things.  SCVM play a killer style of music that incorporates elements of raw/filthy hardcore, punk, and black metal within their sound.  This is the band's self-titled debut, which was released on January 30th, 2018.  On their self-titled debut, SCVM offer up six tracks of vicious, scathing, raw, and filthy hardcore, punk, and black metal.  Overall, SCVM's debut demo makes for an awesome release and definitely should not be missed.  Great stuff!  Enjoy!

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