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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ABSVRDIST


26 minutes of blackened grind hardcore whatever perfection. only release so far from these guys but I could've swore I saw a split ep out at one time though now neither their bandcamp, discogs, or metal archives makes no mention of it. 

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CALEB SCOFIELD BENEFIT CONCERT.



(PICTURED: CAVE IN, CONVERGE, OLD MAN GLOOM, ZOZOBRA)

At this point I'm sure most are aware of what happened to Caleb Scofield. I was fortunate enough to be able to attend the benefit concert in Boston Wednesday evening. The Cancer Conspiracy, Old Man Gloom, Converge, and Cave In all performed. There was also a surprise encore mini set of Zozobra songs. Guests filled in throughout the evening for the parts that Caleb would play. It was truly a special night. If you enjoy the photos here please check the link above for the expanded gallery.

VAULTS - Vol. 1 (2018)


Check out this new band out of Vancouver, British Columbia featuring members of Baptists & Waingro
You should obviously expect a fantastic mix of Metal, D-Beat, Heavy Punk & Hardcore