Skrawl-S/T EP (2018)

Country: USA
Genre: Black Metal, Punk

Label: Self-Released
Tracks: 6
Length: 11.10'

Skrawl is a three piece band from Rhode Island who formed in early 2018, from the looks of things.  Skrawl play a raw and filthy style of informed black metal.  Musically, Skrawl can be loosely compared to bands as Cytorrak, Scum Sect, Inverser, and other like-minded bands.  This is the band's debut EP, which was released on March 29th, 2018.  On their self-titled debut Skrawl offer up six tracks of raw, filthy, and ugly punk tinged black metal.  Overall, Skraw's debut makes for an awesome listen and definitely should not be missed.  Highly recommended!  Enjoy!  I also included Skrawl's more recent Brother Butchers Brother cassette for you to enjoy as well.  Skrawl's newer cassette had absolutely no social media info, so I have absolutely no idea when it was officially released or if their were any labels involved. 

Skrawl on Bandcamp
Listen Here
Skrawl-Brother Butchers Brother Cassette (2018)

Bilge Rat-Pal LP (2018)

Country: USA
Genre: Punk, Grunge, Indie Rock, Shoegaze, Slowcore

Label: Self-Released
Tracks: 11
Length: 36.0'

Bilge Rat is a three piece band from New Haven, CT who formed in 2015, from the looks of things.  Bilge Rat play a killer style of music that incorporates elements of punk, grunge, indie rock, shoegaze, and slowcore within their sound.  Musically, Bilge Rat can be loosely compared to bands such as Codeine, Built To Spill, Kindling, Creepoid, Estates, Cloakroom, and other like-minded bands.  Since forming in 2016, Bilge Rat have released a five song EP titled Townie Garbage in January of 2016 and a self-titled LP in March of 2017.  Pal is the band's latest LP, which was released on August 3rd, 2018.  On Pal, Bilge Rat offer up eleven songs of gloomy, dreamy, and hazy punk, grunge, indie rock, shoegaze, and slowcore.  Overall, Pal makes for an awesome listen and definitely should not be missed.  Highly recommended!  Enjoy!

Bilge Rat on Bandcamp
Purchase
Listen Here

Knock Over City-It's Bad, Dude LP (2018)

Country: USA
Genre: Punk, Grunge, Garage Rock, Alt. Rock

Label: Constant Disappointment Records
Tracks: 10
Length: 44.30'


I recently got a request to re-post this review, seeing that the record was recently released physically.  Knock Over City is a three piece band from Lowell, MA who formed in 2011.  Knock Over City play an interesting mix of music that incorporates elements of punk, grunge, garage rock, and alt. rock within their sound.  Musically, Knock Over City can be said to draw inspiration form a variety of diverse bands that include Built To Spill, Hot Snakes, Bluetip, Piebald, Meneguar, California X, and other like-minded bands.  It's Bad, Dude is the band's latest full-length LP, which was released via Constant Disappointment records on October 1st, 2018.  On It's Bad, Dude, Knock Over City offer up ten tracks of killer punk, grunge, garage rock, and alt. rock.  Overall, It's Bad, Dude makes for an awesome listen and definitely should not be missed  Highly recommended!  Enjoy!

(Label Submission)

Knock Over City on Bandcamp
Knock Over City on Facebook
Constant Disappointment Records on Bandcamp
Purchase
Listen Here 

Warp And Weft-Patience EP (2018)

Country: USA
Genre: Hardcore, Punk, Metal, Noise Rock

Label: Minnesconsin Records
Tracks: 6
Length: 18.50'

Warp And Weft is a three piece band from Minneapolis, Minnesota who formed in 2017, from the looks of things.  Warp And Weft play a killer style of music that incorporates elements of hardcore, punk, metal, and noise rock within their sound.  Musically, Warp And Weft can be loosely compared to bands such as Buildings, Faking, Bummer, Shellac, Big Black, and other like-minded bands.  Patience is the band's debut EP, which was released via Minnesconsin records on October 5th, 2018.  On Patience, Warp And Weft offer up six tracks of tense, discordant, and aggressive sounding hardcore, punk, metal, and noise rock.  Overall, Patience makes for an awesome listen and definitely should not be missed. Highly recommended!  Enjoy!

(Label Submission)

Warp And Weft on Bandcamp
Purchase
Listen Here

Surprise Package

                                                                  Surprise Package

(U.S.) Cognitive-Matricide LP (2018)

Country: USA
Genre: Black Metal, Death Metal, Grindcore

Label: Unique Leader Records
Tracks: 10
Length: 39.30'

Cognitive is a five piece band from New Jersey who formed in 2011.  Cognitive play a killer style of music that incorporates elements of black metal, death metal, and grindcore within their sound.  Musically, Cognitive can be loosely compared to bands such as Entombed, Cannibal Corpse, Brutal Truth, Mule Skinner, and other like-minded bands.  Since forming in 2011, Cognitive have released a self-titled LP in April of 2014 and a five song EP titled The Horrid Swarm in November of 2014.  Matricide is Cognitive's latest LP, which was released via Unique Leader records on October 26th, 2018.  On Matricide, Cognitive offer up ten tracks of vicious and brutal as fuck sounding black metal, death metal, and grindcore.  Overall, Matricide makes for an awesome listen and definitely should not be missed.  Highly recommended!  Enjoy!

Cognitive on Bandcamp
Cognitive on Facebook
Unique Leader records on Bandcamp
Purchase
Listen Here

Surprise Package

                                                                   Surprise Package

Asylum-S/T EP (2014)

Country: USA
Genre: Hardcore, Punk, Crust

Label: Self-Released
Tracks: 6
Length: 10.10'

Asylum is a band from Richmond, VA who formed in 2013.  Asylum play a raw, vicious, and blistering style of music that incorporates elements of hardcore, punk, and crust within their sound.  Musically, Asylum can be loosely compared to bands such as Hoax, Dangers, Punch, and other like-minded bands.  Since forming in 2013, Asylum have released a self-titled demo in March of 2013.  This is the band's latest EP, which was released on September of 2014.  On their latest EP, Asylum offer up six tracks of raw, brutal, and vicious as fuck sounding hardcore/punk.  Overall, Asylum's debut EP makes for an awesome listen and definitely should not be missed.  Highly recommended!  Enjoy!

(Band Submission)

Asylum on Bandcamp
Listen Here 


Nasti-Live Nasti Cassette (2018)

Country: USA
Genre: Harcore, Punk
Label: Iron Lung
Tracks: 7
Length: 23.35'

Nasti is a four piece band from Olympia, Washington who formed in 2015.  Nasti play a blown out, weird, and off-kilter style of hardcore, punk.  Nasti features members of White Wards, Vacant Life, and Cop Rot, so going on that you know you're in for some killer music.  Musically, Nasti can be loosely compared to bands such as Gag, Rush, Bad Breeding, The Lowest Form, and other like-minded bands.  Since forming in 2015, Nasti have released a a cassette titled Ex-Static in 2015, a self-titled tour cassette in 2016, and a nine song LP titled Big Achievements in September of 2017.  Live Nasti is the band's latest cassette, which is the 1st in a series of live cassettes that the band will be releasing and selling when they go on tour.  On Live Nasti, Nasti offer up seven tracks of raw, ugly, and weird sounding hardcore/punk.  Overall, Live Nasti makes for a awesome listen and definitely should not be missed.  Highly recommended!  Enjoy!

Iron Lung Records on Bandcamp
Purchase
Listen Here 
Nasti-Big Achievements LP (2017)
Nasti-Tour Cassette (2016)
Nasti-Ex-Static Cassette (2015)

Dead Oath (Dropout)


so this is by far my favorite rediscovery/demo this year. dead oath is basically most of dropout. dropout put out a fantastic hm2, dbeat, metal, punk album a few years ago which i remember downloading and then it just ended up getting pushed to the back and forgotten about. stupid move on my part. then with an even dumber move it got deleted(to my credit, i was probably drunk. thanks to deadwintermoon for hooking me up with a new download) in a hard drive cleanout.  so anyway a couple months ago while looking through the immense piles of shit on bandcamp i came across dropout again but noticed theyd changed the name on the album cover to dead oath. then i found the demo of dead oath. this shit is ridiculously good. the absolute perfect combo of dbeat, death metal, and hardcore. like up there with mammoth grinder good. even though the demo is only 2 songs its going to end up on my year end list. cant wait for more from these guys.


the dropout bandcamp still has the lp up on there but since theyve changed their name im not sure how active it is. the lp is available on discogs. thats where i bought it. either way, go buy it.

Benchpress-S/T EP (2018)

Country: USA
Genre: Hardcore, Punk, Metal
Label: Self-Released
Tracks: 2
Length: 4.25'

Benchpress is a five piece band from Lewistown, PA who formed in 2012, from the looks of things.  Benchpress play a killer style of music that incorporates elements of hardcore, punk, and metal within their sound.  Musically, Benchpress can be loosely compared to bands such as Weekend Nachos, Harms Way, Incendiary, Spine, and other like-minded bands.  Since forming in 2012, Benchpress have released a six song EP titled Stay Hated in March of 2012 and a six song EP titled Controlled By Death in April of 2013.  This is the band's latest EP, which was released on November 2nd, 2018.  On their latest EP, Benchpress offer up two songs of vicious and brutal as fuck sounding hardcore, punk, and metal.  Overall, Benchpress' latest EP makes for an awesome listen and definitely should not be missed.  Highly recommended!  Enjoy!

Benchpress on Bandcamp
Listen Here
Benchpress-Controlled By Death EP (2013)
Benchpress-Stay Hated EP (2012)

Instigate-Punishment Of God EP (2018)

Country: USA
Genre: Hardcore, Punk, Metal

Label: Sellf-Released
Tracks: 4
Length: 6.0'

Instigate is a three piece band from Fitchburg, MA who formed in 2018, from the looks of things.  Instigate play a killer style of music that incorporates elements of hardcore, punk, and metal within their sound.  Musically, Instigate can be said to be loosely compared to bands such as Terror, Suburban Scum, Incendiary, Blistered, and other like-minded bands.  Punishment Of God is the band's debut EP, which was released on October 22ns, 2018.  On Punishment Of God, Instigate offer up four tracks of brutal as fuck sounding hardcore, punk, and metal.  Overall, Punishment Of God makes for a great listen and definitely should not be missed. Great stuff!  Enjoy!

Instigate on Bandcamp
Listen Here

(U.S.) Fero Lux-Cheap Funeral: For Me EP (2018)

Country: USA
Genre: Hardcore, Punk, Post Hardcore, Math Rock, Noisecore, Screamo

Label: Self-Released 
Tracks: 4
Length: 14.35'


Fero Lux is a four piece band from Boward County, Florida who formed in October of 2010.  Fero Lux play a killer style of music that incorporates elements of hardcorre, punk, post hardcore, math rock, screamo, and noisecore within their sound.  Fero Lux cite At The Drive- In, Botch, The Red Light Sting, Poison The Well, Dillinger Escape Plan, Cave In, Pg. 99, Refused, Deftones, Converge, Thursday, Breather Resist, Glassjaw, an Meshuggah as influences, which definitely shows up in the band's sound and style.  Since their formation in 2010, Fero Lux have released a four song EP titled Vaos in January of 2012, an eleven song LP titled Some Divine Ashtray in April of 2012,  a split EP with Courtships in May of 2013, a full-length LP titled No Rest in March of 2016, and a four song EP titled No Funeral: For You in March of 2018.  Cheap Funeral: For Me is the band's latest EP, which was released on October 1st, 2018.  On Cheap Funeral: For Me, Fero Lux offer up four tracks of chaotic, volatile, and slightly melodic hardcore, punk, post hardcore, math rock, screamo and noisecore.  Overall, Cheap Funeral: For Me is a killer EP and should not be missed.  Great stuff.  Enjoy!

Fero Lux on Bandcamp
Fero Lux on Facebook
Listen Here 

(IT) Noise Trail Immersion-Symbology Of Shelter LP (2018)

Country: Italy
Genre: Post Hardcore, Post Metal, Mathcore, Noisecore
Label: Moment Of Collapse
Tracks: 7
Length: 42.50'

Noise Trail Immersion is a five piece band from Turin, Italy who formed in 2013.  Noise Trail Immersion play a killer style of music that incorporates elements of post hardcore, post metal, mathcore, and noisecore within their sound.  Musically, Noise Trail Immersion can be loosely compared to bands such as Botch, Breather Resist, Playing Enemy, Anodyne, and like-minded bands.  Since forming in 2013, Noise Trail Immersion have released a seven song self-titled LP in May of 2014 and a nine song LP titled Womb in November of 2016.  Symbology Of Shelter is Noise Trail Immersion's latest full-length LP, which was released via Moment Of Collapse records on November 2nd, 2018.  On Symbology Of Shelter, Noise Trail Immersion offer up seven tracks of stark, chaotic and volatile sounding post hardcore, post metal, mathcore, and noisecore.  Overall, Symbology Of Shelter makes for an amazing listen and definitely should not be missed.  Highly recommended!  Enjoy!

Noise Trail Immersion on Bandcamp
Noise Trail Immersion on Facebook
Purchase
Listen Here

(BEL) Soul Grip-Not Ever LP (2018)

Country: Belgium 
Genre: Post Hardcore, Post Metal, Crust, Black Metal, Sludge
Label: Consouling Sounds
Tracks: 7
Length: 41.45'

Soul Grip is a five piece band from Ghent, Belgium who formed in early 2014.  Soul Grip play a killer style of music that incorporates elements of post hardcore, post metal, crust, black metal, and sludge within their sound.  Musically, Soul Grip can be loosely compared to bands such as VVOVNDS, Amen Ra, Amber, Dawn Ray'd, Hexis, and other like-minded bands.  Since forming in 2015, Soul Grip have released a seven song LP titled Avadon in May of 2015, a split LP with VVOVNDS in June of 2018, and a two song EP titled SAE Session in September of 2015.  Not Ever is the band's latest full-length LP, which was released via Consouling Sounds records on November 2nd, 2018.  On Not Ever, Soul Grip offer up seven songs of atmospheric, ominous, and oppressive sounding post hardcore, post metal, crust, black metal, and sludge.  Overall, Not Ever makes for an amazing listen and definitely should not be missed.  Highly recommended!  Enjoy!

Soul Grip on Bandcamp
Soul Grip on Facebook
Purchase
Listen Here
VVOVNDS/Soul Grip-Split 12" (2018)

Time & Pressure-Demo (2018)

Country: USA
Genre: Hardcore, Punk

Label: Safe Inside Records
Tracks: 5
Length: 7.0'

Time & Pressure is four piece band from St. Louis, Missouri, who formed in 2018.  Time & Pressure play a killer style of vicious and brutal as fuck sounding hardcore/punk.  Musically, Time & Pressure can be loosely compared to bands such as Infest, Negative Approach, Verse, Spine, and other like-minded bands.  This is the band's debut demo, which was released via Safe Inside records on August 10th, 2018.  On their debut demo, Time & Pressure offer up five tracks of vicious and raging hardcore, punk.  Overall, Time & Pressur's makes for an awesome listen and definitely should not be missed.  Great stuff!  Enjoy!

(Band Submission)

Time & Pressure on Bandcamp
Time & Pressure on Facebook
Purchase
Listen Here 

Oksennus-Älä luovuta koskaan LP (2018)

Country: Finland
Genre: Black Metal
Label: Self-Released
Tracks: 16
Length: 39.15'

Oksennus is a three piece band from Finland who formed in 2010.  Oksennus play a killer style of raw and filthy experimental black metal.  Musically, Oksennus can be loosely compared to bands such as Azath, Inverser, Sallow Moth, and other like-minded bands.  Since forming in 2010, Oksennus have released a self-titled EP in February of 2014, a six song LP titled Valkoinen Jattilainen in February of 2016, a three song EP titled Musta Kirja in February of 2014, a digital single titled Orkiektomia in March of 2016, a nine song LP titled Sokea Idiootti in October of 2016, a split with Sedem Minut Strachu in February of 2017, and a three song EP titled Kolme Toista in April of 2018. Älä luovuta koskaan is the band's latest LP, which was released on October 13th, 2018.  On Älä luovuta koskaan, Oksennus offer up sixteen tracks of experimental black metal.  Overall, Älä luovuta koskaan makes for an awesome listen and definitely should not be missed.  Highly recommended!  Enjoy!

Oksennus on Bandcamp
Oksennus on Facebook
Listen Here