Scenario-Sounds In Sequence EP (2021)

Country: USA
Genre: Post Hardcore, Punk, Screamo
Label: The Ghost Is Clear/Zegema Beach
Tracks: 5
Length: 20.0'

Scenario is a band from Kentucky who formed in 2020, from the looks of things.  Scenario play a killer style of music that incorporates elements of post hardcore, punk, and screamo within their sound.  Musically, Scenario can be loosely compared to bands such as Hot Cross, We Were Skeletons, Weak Teeth, Armywives, Eyelet, and other like-minded bands.  Sounds In Sequence is the band's debut five song 12", which was released via The Ghost Is Clear and Zegema Beach records on July 19th, 2021.  On Sounds In Sequence, Scenario offer up five tracks of explosive and volatile sounding post hardcore, punk, and screamo.  Overall, Sounds In Sequence makes for an awesome listen and definitely should not be missed.  Highly recommended!  Enjoy!

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Strebla-Cemento LP (2021)

Country: Italy
Genre: Post Hardcore, Doom, Metal, Sludge, Noise Rock 
Label: The Ghost Is Clear
Tracks: 10
Length: 29.15'

Strebla is a four piece band from Bari, Italy who formed in 2019.  Strebla play an ugly, harsh, abrasive, and volatile style of music that incorporates elements of post hardcore, doom, metal, sludge, and noise rock within their sound.  Musically, Strebla can be loosely compared to bands such as HIRS, BEDTIMEMAGIC, Tongue Party, Ides, Fight Amp, and other like-minded bands.  Cemento is the band's debut full-length LP, which was released on CD via The Ghost Is Clear records on June 1st, 2021.  On Cemento, Strebla offer up ten tracks of ugly, harsh, abrasive, and volatile sounding post hardcore, doom, metal, sludge, and noise rock.  Overall, Cemento makes for an awesome listen and definitely should not be missed.  Highly recommended!  Enjoy!

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(U.S.) The Grasshopper Lies Heavy-A Cult That Worships A God Of Death LP (2021)

Country: USA
Genre: Post Hardcore, Post Metal, Doom, Sludge, Noise Rock
Label: Learning Curve
Tracks: 8
Length: 34.27'


The Grasshopper Lies Heavy is a band from San Antonio, Texas who formed in 2005.  The Grasshopper Lies Heavy plays a killer style of music that incorporates elements of post hardcore, post metal, doom, sludge, and noise rock within their sound.  Musically, The Grasshopper Lies Heavy can be loosely compared to bands such as later era Suicide Note, later era Sweet Cobra, Fight Amp, Helms Alee, and like-minded bands.  Since forming in 2005, The Grasshopper Lies Heavy has released a split EP with Sohns in June of 2009, a split LP with Hawks in June of 2010, a split EP with God Townes in April of 2012, a five song LP titled Every Man For Himself And God Against All in April of 2014, a six song LP titled All Sadness, Grinning Into Flow in June of 2014, a fourteen song LP titled Cavern in October of 2017,  a split LP with Gay Witch Abortion in August of 2018, a thirteen track LP titled Collection I in March of 2019, a cover of Sepultura's Territory in December of 2020, a two song EP titled We Shouldn't Be Here/Facade Of Nicety in February of 2015, and a cover of Jesus Lizard's Mouth Breather in April of 2021.  A Cult That Worships A Giod Of Death is the band's latest LP, which was released via Learning Curve records on July 15th, 2021.  On A Cult That Worships A God Of Death, The Grasshopper Lies Heavy offer up eight tracks of explosive, tense, and discordant as fuck sounding  post hardcore, post metal, doom, sludge, and noise rock.  Overall, A Cult That Worships A Cult Of Death makes for an awesome listen and definitely should not be missed.  Highly recommended!  Enjoy! 

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/A\-S/T LP (2021)

Country: Switzerland
Genre: Metal, Noise Pop, Lo-Fi, Alt. Rock
Label: Hummus Records
Tracks: 7
Length: 38.20'

/A\ is a three piece band from Switzerland featuring Emilie Jolie, Franz Treichler, and Nicholas Pittet who formed in 2020, from the looks of things.  /A\ play a killer style of music that incorporates elements of metal, noise pop, lo-fi, and alt. rock within their sound.  Musically, /A\ can be loosely compared to bands such as True Widow, King Woman, Emma Ruth Rundle, Harmony Woods, and other like-minded bands.  This is the band's debut full-length LP, which was released via Hummus records on June 18th, 2021.  On their self-titled debut, /A\ offer up seven tracks of dark and moody sounding metal, noise pop, and lo-fi alt. rock.  Overall, /A\'s debut LP makes for an awesome listen and definitely should not be missed.  Highly recommended!  Enjoy!

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(U.S.) Midwife-Luminol LP (2021)

Country: USA
Genre: Metal, Alt. Rock, Indie Rock, Shoegaze
Label: The Flenser
Tracks: 6
Length: 32.17'


Midwife is the moniker of multi-instrumentalist/singer-songwriter Madeline Johnson, who began performing under the name Midwife in 2017.  Hailing from Denver, Colorado, Midwife plays a dreamy, hazy, atmospheric, and introspective-leaning style of music that incorporates elements of metal, alt. rock, and shoegaze within their sound.  Since forming in 2015, Midwife have released a nine song LP titled Like Author, Like Daughter in June of 2017, a four song LP titled Prayer Hands in July of 2018, a most recently collaboration LP with Amulets, Mark Trecka and Susan Alcorn titled In/Heaven in August of 2020, and a six song LP titled Forever in April of 2020.  Luminol is Midwife's latest full-length LP, which was released via The Flenser on July 16th, 2021.  On Luminol, Midwife offer up six tracks of hazy, dreamy, and atmospheric metal, alt. rock, indie rock, and shoegaze.  Overall, Luminol makes for an amazing listen and will probably end up being another one of my favorite albums released in 2020.  Highly recommended!  Enjoy! 

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(U.S.) Luggage-Happiness LP (2021)

Country: USA
Genre: Post Rock, Post Punk, Noise Rock
Label: Husky Pants Records
Tracks: 6
Length: 18.40'


Luggage is a three piece band from Chicago, Illinois who formed in 2015, from the looks of things.  Luggage play a killer style of music that incorporates elements of post punk, post rock, and noise rock within their sound.  Musically, Luggage can be loosely compared to bands such as Unwound, Slint, Rodan, Sonic Youth, My Disco, and other like-minded bands.  Since forming in 2015, Luggage have released an eight song LP titled Sun in March of 2016, a ten song LP titled Three in October of 2017, and an eight song LP titled Shift in November of 2019.  Happiness is the band's latest LP, which was releaseed via Husky Pants records on July 16th, 2021.  On Happiness, Luggage offer up six tracks of tense, discordant, and moody sounding minimalist post punk, post rock, and noise rock.  Overall, Happiness makes for an amazing listen and definitely should not be missed.  Highly recommended!  Enjoy! 

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Luggage-Shift (2019)

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 one of the best demos i've heard in long time. death metal the way it should be. thick and mean. definite bolt thrower influence. which is one of 3 dm bands whose influence is always welcome. entombed and incantation being the other 2 obviously.

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Mourning-Four Years Of Grief LP (2021)

Country: United Kingdom
Genre: Hardcore, Punk, Metal
Label:  The Coming Strife Records
Tracks: 14
Length: 41.0'


Mourning is a four piece band from Leeds, UK who formed in 2017.  Mourning play a killer style of 90's influenced metallic hardcore.  Musically, Mourning can be loosely compared to bands such as Axis, Blistered, Incendiary, and other like-minded bands.  Since forming in 2017, Mourning have released a self-titled demo in October of 2017, a two song demo titled Reh. in July of 2018, a five song EP compiling the band's Reh. demo and self-titled demo in October of 2018, a five song demo titled Ecstatic Masochist in August in 2019, and a split EP with Outer Justice in January of 2021.  Four Year Of Grief  is the band's latest LP, which was released via The Coming Strife Records on June 26th, 2021.  Four Years Of Grief compiles all of Mourning's previously recorded material onto one album.  On Four Years Of Grief, Mourning offer up fourteen tracks of brutal as fuck sounding metallic hardcore.  Overall, Four Years Of Grief makes for an awesome listen and definitely should not be missed.  Great stuff!  Enjoy! 

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Thou-Hightower LP (2021)

Country: USA
Genre: Metal, Doom, Sludge, Grunge
Label: Self-Released
Tracks: 10
Length: 58.15'


 
Thou is a five piece band from Baton Rouge, Louisiana who formed in 2005.  Thou play a raw, oppressive and heavy as fuck style of music that incorporates elements of metal, doom, and sludge within their sound.  Since forming in 2005, Thou have released full-length LP titled Tyrant in September of 2007, a full-length LP titled Peasant in November of 2008, a full-length LP titled Summit in September of 2010,  a full-length LP titled Heathen in May of 2014, a ten song EP titled The House Primordial in May of 2018,  an eight song 12" titled Inconsolable in May of 2018, and a full-length LP titled Magus in August of 2018.   In addition to their full-length LP's Thou have released a prolific amount of split LPs, EPs, 7"s and compilation tracks in addition to their solo output.  Thou have done splits with The Body, Black September, Leech, Haarp, Salome, Kowloon Walled City, Moloch, Great Falls, The City Is The Tower, Human Intruder, Mohoram Atta, Hell, Barghest, HIRS,  Ragna, and Emma Ruth, a sixteen song LP titled Blessings Of The Highest Order in June of 2020, and a compilation LP compiling all of Thou's Nirvana covers titled A Primer Of Holy Words in August of 2020.  Hightower is the band's latest LP, which was released on July 13th, 2021.  On Hightower, Thou has compiled all of their various splits and re-recorded older songs onto one album.  Overall, Hightower makes for an amazing album and definitely should not be missed.  Highly recommended!  Enjoy!
 

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Twin Tombs-2:28 EP (2021)

Country: USA
Genre: Hardcore, Punk, Metal, Fastcore, Powerviolence
Label: Self-Released
Tracks: 3
Length: 2.30'

Twin Tombs are a three piece band from Minneapolis, Minnesota who formed in 2020, from the looks of things.  Twin Tombs play a vicious and brutal as fuck style of music that incorporates elements of hardcore, punk, metal, fastcore, and powerviolence within their sound.  Musically, Twin Tombs can be loosely compared to bands such as Oxidant, Cell Rot, Stimulant, Water Torture, Backslider, and other like-minded bands.  Since forming in 2020, Twin Tombs have released a seven song EP titled 4:03 in August of 2020.  2:28 is the band's latest EP, which was released on July 12th, 2021.  On 2:28, Twin Tombs offer up three tracks of vicious and brutal as fuck sounding hardcore, punk, metal, fastcore, and powerviolence.  Overall, 2:28 makes for an awesome listen and definitely should not be missed.  Highly recommended!  Enjoy!

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Slund-Slundanoid EP (2021)

Country: Slovenia
Genre: Hardcore, Punk, Metal, Sludge, Grindcore, Powerviolence
Label: Self-Released
Tracks: 7
Length: 11.05' 


Slund is a band from Slovenia who formed in 2017, from the looks of things.  Slund play a scathing, vicious, and brutal as fuck style of music that incorporates elements of hardcore, punk, metal, sludge, grindcore, and powerviolence within their sound.  Musically, Slund can be loosely compared to bands such as Pig Destroyer, WVRM, Woundvac, Triage, and other like-minded bands.  Since forming in 2017, Slund have released a thirteen song LP titled The Call Of Agony in February of 2017, a fourteen song LP titled Brain Dysfunction in November of 2017, a a split EP with Chikara in January of 2018, a a fourteen song LP titled If You're Angry And You Know It, Clap Your Hands in May of 2018, a split EP with Maggot Bath in August of 2018, a a split with Agatholes in August of 2018, a a thirteen song LP titled A Very Slundy Christmas in December of 2018, a a thirteen song LP titled A Lean, Mean Slundy Machine in April of 2019, a a split with Puta Malaria in April of 2019, a a split with Throatpunch in June of 2019, a a split with Sick Shit in August of 2019, a split with Pro Death Corps in August of 2019, a twenty song LP titled Slundcore Superhero in October of 2019, a split with Lycantrophy in January of 2020, a split with Suicideforce in March of 2020, a nine song EP titled Quarantined in April of 2020, and a thirty song LP titled Slund Em All in September of 2020.  Slundanois is the band's latest EP, which was released on March 21st, 2021.  On Slundanoid, Slund offer up 7 tracks of vicious, scathing and brutal as fuck sounding hardcore, punk, metal, sludge, grindcore, and powerviolence.  Overall, Slundanoid makes for an awesome listen and definitely should not be missed.  Highly recommended!  Enjoy!

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Warstone-Drengr LP (2021)

Country: USA
Genre: Hardcore, Punk, Metal, Grindcore, Powerviolence
Label: Self-Released
Tracks: 11
Length: 16.25'



Warstone is a band from New Bedford, MA who formed in 2017, from the looks of things.  Warstone play a vicious and brutal as fuck style of music that incorporates elements of hardcore, punk, metal, grindcore, and powerviolence within their sound.  Musically, Warstone can be loosely compared to bands such as Nails, SVFFER, WVRM, Gatecreeper, and other like-minded bands.  Since forming in 2017, Warstone have released a six song EP titled The Tale Of The Wasp King in November of 2017, an eleven song EP titled Bloodlust Of The Armoured Beast in December of 2017, a thirteen song EP titled Demise Of The Black Wind in December of 2017, a seventeen song EP titled Firebolts Over Ice Castle in February of 2018, a six song EP titled A Forgotten Sea in February of 2018,  a six song EP titled The Oldest Deeds Of Gods And Men in August of 2020, and a ten song LP titled Whose Roots Know Whence They Sprang in January of 2021.  Drengr is the band's latest LP, which was released on July 10th, 2021.  On Drengr, Warstone offer up eleven tracks of insanely vicious and brutal as fuck sounding hardcore, punk, metal, grindcore, and powerviolence.  Overall, Drengr makes for an awesome listen and definitely should not be missed.  Highly recommended!  Enjoy!

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Anthesis / Botfly / Cell Press / Greber-4 Way Split LP (2021)

Country: Canada
Genre: Hardcore, Punk, Grindcore, Metal, Sludge, Noise Rock
Label: No Funeral Records
Tracks: 10
Length: 28.40
'


Here's a killer four way split featuring new material from New Brunswick's Anthesis, Montreal, Quebec's Cell Press, Cambridge, Ontario's Greber, and Halifax, Nova Scotia's Botfly.  A lot of these bands don't need any introduction to readers of the blog, because most have been covered in previous reviews in the distant past.  This killer 4-way split features new material from all four bands, and each band in their own right should be checked out to fully appreciate.  All four bands on this split run the gamut of underground heavy music including hardcore, punk, grindcore, metal, sludge, and noise rock.  For the sake of being brief and also due to 4-way splits being a pain in the ass to review, I'll keep this review short and let the music speak for itself.  This amazing split was released via No Funeral records on June 18th, 2021.  Overall, this split makes for a kick-ass listen and definitely should not be missed.  Highly recommended!  Enjoy!

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Gravehuffer-NecroEclosion LP (2021)

 Country: USA
Genre: Metal, Punk, Thrash, Sludge
Label: Self-Released
Tracks: 12
Length: 44.10'


Gravehuffer is a four piece band from Joplin, Missouri who formed in August of 2008.  Formerly known as KROM, Gravehuffer ply a brutal and vicious as fuck style of music that incorporates elements of metal, punk, thrash, and sludge within their sound.  Musically, Gravehuffer can be said to be influenced by bands such as Fistula, Buzzoven, Eyehategod, Gehenna,  and other like-minded bands.  Since forming in 2008, Gravehuffer have released a twenty song LP titled Blasphemusic in October of 2013, a two song EP titled Acute Subdermal Hematoma in October of 2016, an eleven song LP titled Your Fault in February of 2017, and a four song EP titled Demon Face/Stalingrad's Cross in June of 2019.  NecroEclosion is the band's latest full-length LP, which was released on January 25th, 2021.  On NecroEclosion, Gravehuffer offer up twelve tracks of killer metal, punk, thrash, and sludge.  Overall, NecroEclosion makes for an awesome listen and definitely should not be missed.  Highly recommended!  Enjoy!

Hellish Form-Remains LP (2021)

Country: USA
Genre: Doom, Metal, Sludge, Drone
Label: Translation Loss
Tracks: 4
Length: 43.20'


Hellish Form is a two piece band from California and Vermont who formed in 2020, from the looks of things.  Hellish Form features members of Body Void, Atone, Keeper, and Elder Devil, so going on that alone, you know you're in for something truly special.  Body Void play an oppressively heavy, harsh, ugly, and brutal as fuck style of music that incorporates elements of funeral doom metal, sludge, and drone within their sound.  Musically, Hellish Form can be loosely compared to bands such as Hell, Forn, Abyssal, and other like-minded bands,  Since forming in 2020, Hellish Form have released a two song LP titled MMXX in May of 2020 and a cover of The Cure's The Funeral Party in October of 2020.  Remains is the band's latest LP, which was released via Translation Loss records on June 25th, 2021.  On Remains, Hellish Form offer up four tracks of oppressively heavy, harsh, ugly, and brutal as fuck sounding doom, metal, sludge, and drone.  Overall, Remains makes for an awesome listen and definitely should not be missed.  Highly recommended!  Enjoy!

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Sallow Moth-Stasis Cocoon LP (2021)

Country: USA
Genre: Death Metal, Metal
Label: Self-Released
Tracks: 7
Length: 30.50'



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 sci-fi, horror, and fantasy death metal.  Since his inception in 2016, Sallow Moth have released a three song EP titled Moss Deceptiva in June of 2016 and a five song EP titled Deathspore in May of 2014 and a six song EP titled The Larval Hope in January of 2020.  Stasis Cocoon  is Sallow Moth's latest full-length LP which was released on July 2nd, 2021.  On Stasis Cocoon, Sallow Moth offers up seven tracks of sci-fi, horror, and fantasy themed raw, ugly, and vicious sounding death metal.  Overall, Stasis Cocoon makes for an awesome listen and definitely should not be missed.  Highly recommended!  Enjoy!

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