New Hell-Death, Rot, And Ruin EP (2019)

Country: USA
Genre: Hardcore, Punk, Black Metal, Crust, Grindcore
Label: Self-Released
Tracks: 5
Length: 9.20'

New Hell is a four piece band from Providence, Rhode Island who formed in 2017, from the looks of things.  New Hell play a killer style of music that incorporates elements of hardcore, punk, black metal, crust, and grindcore within their sound.  Musically, New Hell can be loosely compared to bands such as Deathrite, SVFFER, WVRM, and other like-minded bands.  Since forming in 2017, New Hell have released an eight song demo titled Kill Your Masters in March of 2017.  Death, Rot, and Ruin is the band's latest EP, which was released on March 2nd, 2019.  On Death, Rot, And Ruin, New Hell offer up five tracks of vicious and brutal as fuck sounding hardcore, punk, black metal, crust, and grindcore.  Overall, Death, Rot, and Ruin makes for an awesome listen and definitely should not be missed.  Highly recommended!  Enjoy!

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DETOX-Intake EP (2019)

Country: USA
Genre: Hardcore, Punk, Metal
Label: Self-Released
Tracks: 4
Length: 5.20'

DETOX is a four piece band from New Haven, CT who formed in early 2019, from the looks of things.  DETOX play a killer style of music that incorporates elements of hardcore, punk, and metal within their sound.  Intake is the band's debut EP, which was released on August 18th, 2019.  On Intake, DETOX offer up four tracks of vicious and scathing hardcore, punk, and metal.  Overall, Intake makes for a great listen and definitely should not be missed.  Highly recommended!  Enjoy!

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(U.K.) Pijn/Conjurer-Curse These Metal Hands LP (2019)

Country: United Kingdom
Genre: Post Metal, Sludge
Label: Holy Roar
Tracks: 4
Length: 30.0'

CURSE THESE METAL HANDS formed in early 2018 as part of a specially commissioned collaborative performance for ARCTANGENT FESTIVAL.

Made up of members from CONJURER and PIJN (HOLY ROAR RECORDS) the group were tasked with creating a suite of original live compositions for the event. The collaborative experiment was so kindly received by the audience that CURSE THESE METAL HANDS would go on to continue working together in the studio, reworking their performance into their debut self-titled studio LP, released Autumn 2019.

Geographically far flung and musically disparate, the members of PIJN and CONJURER sought to combine elements of each band’s music, while taking inspiration from classic British rock such as THIN LIZZY, modern American metal in the vein of BARONESS and TORCHE, and even legendary singer songwriters like ELTON JOHN.

Following the release of CURSE THESE METAL HANDS, the group will also return for a second commissioned performance, playing the record in full at ARCTANGENT 2019, along with rare, exclusive dates to follow.

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*Damn, this some really well played conceptual post metal and sludge.  Curse These Metal Hands was released via Holy Roar records on August 16th, 2019.  On Curse These Metal Hands, Pijn and Conjerer offer up four tracks of killer post metal and sludge.  Overall, Curse These Metal Hands makes for an awesome listen and definitely should not be missed.  Highly recommended!  Enjoy!

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Cloudkicker-Unending LP (2019)

Country: USA
Genre: Post Metal, Post Rock
Label: Self-Released
Tracks: 7
Length: 27.30'

Cloudkicker is a one person band from Columbus, Ohio who started creating music under the moniker Cloudkicker in 2005.  Cloudkicker play a killer style of music that incorporates elements of experimental/progressive post metal and post rock within his sound.  Since forming in 2005, Cloudkicker have released a thirty two song LP titled Myspace.com/Musicistight in December of 2005, a fifteen song LP titled The Discovery/The Map Is Not The Territory in July of 2008, a ten song LP titled Portmanteau/]]][[[ in August of 2009, a ten song LP titled Beacons in September of 2010, a fourteen song LP titled Loop in November of 2011, an eight song LP titled Let Yourself Be Huge in November of 2011, a seven song LP titled Fade in August of 2012, a five song LP titled Subsume in September of 2013, a five song EP titled Little Histories in December of 2014, and a seven song LP titled Woum in October of 2015.  Unending is Cloudkicker's latest LP, which was released on August 15th, 2019.  On Unending, Cloudkicker offer up seven songs of progressive and dynamic sounding post metal and post rock.  Overall, Unending makes for an awesome listen and definitely should not be missed.  Highly recommended!  Enjoy!

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(U.S.) Uniform & The Body-Everything That Dies Someday Comes Back LP (2019)

Country: USA
Genre: Post Metal, Industrial, Experimental

Label: Sacred Bones
Tracks: 9
Length: 37.50'

On the heels of their monolithic collaborative LP Mental Wounds Not Healing, the collaboration between industrial-noise post-everything bands Uniform & The Body returns with a second entry, Everything That Dies Someday Comes Back. Comprised of an amalgam of abrasive influence that spans Swans-y dirge and purge, Whitehouse’s clenched-jaw noise, middle-period Ministry’s penchant for metallic post-industrial everything, New Order’s nose for melodic emotionality, and Juicy J-inspired beats, Uniform & The Body’s approach delves deeper down the rabbit hole than before, igniting a sonic world of terror and bliss poised to grip the throats of fans yet again. Prepare for a record that the band self-describes as "the middle ground between Robyn and Corrupted, but weirder.”
 
The collaboration between the two bands was built upon mutual admiration for each other’s work, which led to bonds of friendship. After the release of the debut collaborative effort, Uniform released the critically praised The Long Walk and embarked on a smash tour with Deafheaven and Drab Majesty, while The Body released the widely acclaimed I Have Fought Against It, But I Can’t Any Longer and took to the road for their own successful and extensive North American tour. The demand for the collaboration eventually necessitated a U.S. jaunt, pairing the collective for rare dates with Author & Punisher and Street Sects on both coasts. It was on those dates that the bands started to plant the seeds for what would become Everything That Dies Someday Comes Back.

Much like the collective’s bombastic debut, Everything was built over a series of collaborative sessions with Seth Manchester at Machines with Magnets in Rhode Island, mixing industrial-influenced synths, squalls of harsh noise, manipulated guitar, oodles of samples along with hard rock-inspired riffs, saccharine pop, and the alternately antagonistic and harrowing vocals of Michael Berdan and Chip King. The result is nine tracks of ear-bleeding and confrontational fury with defined moments of beauty that bring to mind equal parts No Trend, Merzbow, and Information Society while forging a path that is distinctly their own. 

Everything That Dies Someday Comes Back is specifically culled from the immortal Bruce Springsteen effort Nebraska, joining a long line of literary and cinematic references that pepper the album. And while the title is specific to that lyric, the sentiment also ties into author James Elroy and his notion that closure is an illusion, a conclusion found in his 1996 effort My Dark Places. Dealing with tragic loss is never a closed book, and the details, circumstances, and inherent emotions that surround coping never end, they just morph into something else, only to rear their ugly head again later in life. 
 

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*Wow, this is an amazing collaboration between two of the most interesting bands in modern independent music.  As opposed to their previous collaborative effort Mental Wounds Not Healing, Everything That Dies Someday Comes Back takes a decidedly more of an industrial leaning take on experimental metal calling to mind bands such as Skinny Puppy and Youth Code at times.  Overall, Everything That Dies Someday comes back makes for an amazing listen and definitely should not be missed.  Highly recommended!  Enjoy!  Everything That Dies Someday Comes Back was released via Sacred Bones records on August 16th, 2019.

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(U.S.) Antagonize-Slip Death LP (2019)

Country: USA
Genre: Hardcore, Punk, Metal
Label: Triple B
Tracks: 8
Length: 12.40'


Antagonize is a five piece band from Boston, MA featuring Aaron Bedard from Bane.  Antagonize formed in 2018 and play a killer style of music that incorporates elements of hardcore, punk, and metal within their sound.  Musically, Antagonize can be loosely compared to bands such as Integrity, Blistered, Lowered A.D., and other like-minded bands.  Since forming in 2018, Antagonize have released a self-titled demo in April of 2018 and a two song promo cassette in September of 2018  Slip Death is the band's debut LP, which was released via Triple B records on August 14th, 2019.  On Slip Death, Antagonize offer up eight tracks of killer metallic hardcore/punk.  Overall, Slip Death makes for a great listen and definitely should not be missed.  Great stuff!  Enjoy!

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Dödläge-Hostile Regression LP (2019)

Country: USA
Genre: Hardcore, Punk, Crust, D-Beat

Label:
Phobia/Halvfabrikat Records
Tracks: 12
Length: 16.30'


Dödläge is a Portland, Oregon based band who formed in 2014, from the looks of things.  Dödläge play a brutal, scathing, and vicious as fuck style of music that incorporates elements of hardcore, punk, crust, and d-beat within their sound.  Musically, Dödläge can be loosely compared to Martydod, Tragedy, His Hero Is Gone, Holy Mountain, Old Lines, and other like-minded bands.  Since forming in 2014, Dödläge have released a self-titled ten song EP in March of 2014, a self-titled ten song 7" in March of 2015, and a sixteen song LP titled Ritual Slaughter in August of 2016.  Hostile Regression is the band's latest full-length LP, which was released via Phobia and Halvfabrikat records on July 28th, 2019.  On Hostile Transgression, Dödläge offer up twelve tracks of venomous and brutal as fuck sounding hardcore, punk, crust, and d-beat.  Overall, Holstile Transgression is an amazing album and should not be missed.  Highly recommended!  Enjoy!

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(U.S.) Precious-Sick Rooms LP (2019)

Country: USA
Genre: Hardcore, Punk, Metal, Shoegaze
Label: Indecision Records
Tracks: 10
Length: 33.40'

Precious is a four piece band from California, who formed in 2016, from the looks of things.  Precious features members of Snapcase and Threadbare, so going on that alone, you know you're in for something truly special.  Precious play a killer style of music that incorporates elements of hardcore, punk, metal, with occasional flourishes of shoegaze thrown in for good measure.  Since forming in 2016, Precious have released a ten song LP titled Unravelings in April of 2017.  Sick Rooms is the band's latest LP, which was released via Indecision records on July 28th, 2019.  On Sick Rooms, Precious offer up ten tracks of killer hardcore, punk, metal, and shoegaze.  Overall, Sick Rooms makes for an awesome listen and definitely should not be missed.  Highly recommended!  Enjoy!

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(U.S.) Elle-...12" (2019)

Country: USA
Genre: Hardcore, Punk, Screamo, Emo
Label: Dog Knights Productions/Zegema Beach Records
Tracks: 9
Length: 24.30'


Elle is a four piece band from Oakland, CA who formed in 2016.  Elle features members of Loma Prieta, Monuments Collapse, Yearbooks, and Beau Navire, so going on that alone, you know you're in for a really special treat.  Elle play a killer style of music that incorporates elements of hardcore, punk, screamo, and emo within their sound.  Musically, Elle can be loosely compared to bands such as Suis La Lune, later era La Quiete, later era Raein, We Were Skeletons, and other like-minded bands.  Since forming in 2016, Elle have released a self-titled EP in November of 2016 and a nine song LP titled She in September of 2018.  ... is the band's latest LP, which was released via Dog Knights Productions and Zegema Beach records on August 9th, 2019.  On ..., Elle offer up nine tracks of tense, discordant, and at times, melodic sounding hardcore, punk, screamo, and emo.  Overall, ... makes for an awesome listen and definitely should not be missed.  Highly recommended!  Enjoy!

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Under Attack-Through The Blade 7" (2019)

Country: USA
Genre: Hardcore, Punk

Label: Iron Lung
Tracks: 6
Length: 7.30'


Under Attack is a four piece band from Richmond, Virginia, who formed in 2018, from the looks of things.  Under Attack features members of Discordance Axis, Human Remains, Limp Wrist, Suppression, and Death Squad, so going on that alone, you know you're in for something truly special.  Under Attack play a killer style of raging and vicious hardcore.  Since forming in 2018, Under Attack have released a five song demo in April of 2019.  Through The Blade is the band's latest 7", which was released via Iron Lung records on August 13th, 2019.  On Through The Blade, Under Attack offer up six tracks of vicious and brutal as fuck sounding hardcore.  Overall, Through The Blade makes for an awesome listen and definitely should not be missed.  Highly recommended!  Enjoy!

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Under Attack-Demo (2019)

(U.S.) Fallow Land-Slow Down, Rockstar LP (2019)

Country: USA
Genre: Indie Rock, Math Rock, Shoegaze, Alt. Rock
Label: Spartan Records
Tracks: 8
Length: 31.20'

Fallow Land is a four piece band from Ann Arbor, Michigan who formed in 2015.  Fallow Land play a catchy and melancholic style of music that incorporates elements of indie rock, math rock, shoegae, and alt. rock within their sound.  Musically, Fallow Land can be loosely compared to bands such as Minus The Bear, American Football, Foxing, and other like-minded bands.  Since forming in 2015, Fallow Land have released a digital single titled All My Bad Decisions Rock And Roll? in July of 2015 and a four song EP titled Pinscher in June of 2017.  Slow Down, Rockstar is the band's debut LP, which was released via Spartan records on June 26th, 2019.  On Slow Down, Rockstar, Fallow Land offer up eight tracks of catchy, laid back, and melancholic sounding indie rock, math rock, shoegaze, and alt. rock.  Overall, Slow Down, Rock Star makes for an awesome listen and definitely should not be missed.  Highly recommended!  Enjoy!

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(IT) Uzeda-Quocumque jeceris stabit LP (2019)

Country: Italy
Genre: Post Punk, Punk, Alt. Rock
Label: Temporary Residence Ltd.
Tracks: 8
Length: 30.30'

Last year Uzeda celebrated their 30th anniversary as a band in the most appropriate way they knew: They hosted a weekend music festival in their hometown of Catania, Sicily, and filled it with all of their closest friends' bands. That weekend as they played host to scores of similarly legendary bands (including Shellac, The Black Heart Procession, The Ex, Three Second Kiss, and a reunited June of 44), Uzeda cemented their reputation as Italy's national treasure of underground rock music. Now, one of the longest-running punk bands on the planet returns with their first new album in 13 years, Quocumque jeceris stabit.

The title Quocumque jeceris stabit comes from the famous inspiration phrase that loosely translates in English to "Wherever you throw it, it will stand" – a testament to the resilience and adaptability of Uzeda. Like a buoy in turbulent waters, virtually everything around the band and its members has changed significantly since their last album, Stella, was released in 2006 on their previous longtime label, Touch and Go Records. They've endured the passing of friends, family, collaborators and business partners. What they've never lost is their will to continue to inspire and draw inspiration from all of those around them, in life or otherwise.

Recorded, as always, by longtime friend and collaborator, Steve Albini, Quocumque jeceris stabit sees Uzeda picking up where they left off, albeit with the sands and scars of time cutting new creative paths within the reputable map through which Uzeda have traveled for the past four decades. Vocalist Giovanna Cacciola's fragile, dynamic rasp still cuts through the jagged guitar of husband and fellow Bellini member, Agostino Tilotta, while the rhythm section of bassist Raffaele Gulisano and drummer Davide Oliveri provide the sturdy foundation on which all Uzeda songs are built. But there's something noticeably different now, a kind of melodic tension that was always hinted at but perhaps never fully displayed until now. It is a sound and a feel that Uzeda was made for, and one that unquestionably defines them.
  

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*Quocumque jeceris stabit was released via Temporary Residence Ltd. records on July 12th, 2019.  On Quocumque jeceris stabit, Uzeda offer up eight tracks of tense, angular, and discordant sounding post punk, and alt. rock.  Overall, Quocumque jeceris stabit makes for an awesome listen and definitely should not be missed.  Highly recommended! Enjoy!

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Pissrash-S/T EP (2019)

Country: Australia
Genre: Hardcore, Punk, Metal, Sludge, Thrash
Label: Self-Released
Tracks: 5
Length: 16.25'

Pissrash is a five piece band from Melbourne, Australia who formed in 2018, from the looks of things.  Pissrash play a killer style of music that incorporates elements of hardcore, punk, metal, sludge, and thrash within their sound.  This is the band's debut EP, which was released on July 15th, 2019.  On their self-titled debut, Pissrash offer up five tracks of raw, scathing, and brutal as fuck sounding hardcore, punk, metal, sludge, and thrash.  Overall, Pissrash's debut EP makes for an awesome listen and definitely should not be missed.  Highly recommended!  Enjoy!

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