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Monday, 24 October 2016

***мятеж Tour Diary - Day #5 Swamp Fest 2016 Day #1***


Date: August 13th, 2016

Location: @Strange Matter in Richmond, Virginia

Players: Supine, Vein, мятеж, Empty Vessels, Weak Wrists, Coma Regalia, What Of Us, Clean Girls, Drugs Of Faith and The Catalyst

Genres covered: punk, rock, emo, screamo, emo-violence, hardcore, metal, metalcore, powerviolence, thrash, noise

Consensus: This fest is fucking amazing. I traveled all the way from Canada for it and it did not disappoint!

Related Distro items: Swamp Fest tape / zineWhat Of Us/Coma Regalia split 12"s

Details: listed below

I'd never listened to SUPINE before but they were a great opening act. The chaos was jarring and I thoroughly enjoy their sound. I also met them and they were super nice so I'm extra stoked to hear what they produce next!

VEIN fucking destroyed. Holy shit this was intense. Everything about this band is massive, heavy and intimidating. In my recent .gif from god interview (linked here) it was discussed about how the two bands will likely be releasing a split 7" in the near future. If that happens look the fuck out. Oh yeah, their sound. The band plays a destructive combination of metallic hardcore, metal and screamo that's kind of like Converge and Psyopus meet Enkephalin.
Link to song *2*

This was our last show of our little min-tour and it was definitely our best set. I felt quite confident about how we played everything and despite being on a stage I was still able to have a good time. Chris knelt down and gave an open heart talk about being out of music for over a decade and how inspiring the Richmond scene was. There was even a teacher who pulled him aside after the show and thanked him for his words about the arts community. Jazzi (from Van Hagar) filmed the entire thing, as did Mitchie (from .gif from god/Truman/Samarra/etc.) but Jazzi had closer shots so I've used those. Thanks to everyone who watched us play, it was an amazing experience that I will never forget. <3
Full Set linked here
1 - June and July, Life Over Die

2 - That Ain't the Frickin' Christmas Star

3 - Stunning Advancements in Revolution

This two-piece punk/hardcore/screamo/noise outfit followed us and were great. Both members provide vocals and the guitar/drums combo is surprisingly thick and full. If you haven't seen them and have a chance to, don't miss that show! Seriously, the amount of energy will floor you.
Links to songs *2* / *3*

I'd be lying if I said that WEAK WRISTS didn't steal the show, because by golly, I'd go as far as saying they stole the goddamn fest. This set was so good it was ridiculous. The mixture of metallic hardcore and emo-violence should be right up most readers' alley. I should also mention that I was asked to help out with their full length and couldn't due to monetary restraints, but upon seeing their set I wish I'd sold some personal records in order to release their phenomenal debut. It's two months later and I still can't get over how good this was.
Links to songs *2* / *3* / *4*

Will this be the legendary COMA REGALIA set? Probably. Shawn and Brad were accompanied by Tom Schlatter on bass and Jon from Ostraca/.gif from god on drums. It was amazing. Just watch the video already.
Links to songs *2* / *3* / *4*

Despite two of the three vocalists being nearly unable to talk before the set due to "losing their voices", WHAT OF US sounded fucking amazing, as per usual. They tore through their set and definitely garner a lot of attention when playing, as all heads generally turn to see what all that fantastic noise is. Easily one of the best American bands around and if you haven't picked up their 12" split with Coma Regalia do so here.
Links to songs *2* / *3* / *4*

This eclectic three-piece from New York are a trip, playing some kind of post-punk/noise hybrid. I happened to catch the song "The Blade" from the Swamp Fest 2016 tape compilation (linked here).
"The Blade"

Another three-piece followed, this time Northern Richmond's DRUGS OF FAITH. The band played punk/thrash/hardcore/powerviolence from what I picked up and have releases spanning almost 15 years!

I've been a massive THE CATALYST fan for over a decade, as I bought 'Mariana's Trench' on 12" a very long time ago. I never dreamed that I'd be playing the same show as them. Plus, they utilized two drum kits for a few songs, which was crazy to see, especially considering they played one of my favourite songs, "Too Big to Fail" which is the video embedded below. Perhaps it's also worth noting that I saw some fella walk into the venue with a Litany For The Whale shirt and I fucking lost it and got his attention (I was stuck behind a row of merch tables) so he came over. I basically pointed at his shirt and said, "Holy fuck, where did you get that shirt. That band was amazing." to which he replied, "My band toured with them and they're awesome." I didn't quite put two and two together, so I asked him, "What band do you play in?". He responded with, "The Catalyst," and I nearly exploded with joy. True story. A fantastic reunion, and hopefully there will be more to come!
"Too Big to Fail"
Links to songs *2* / *3* / *4*

Sunday, 23 October 2016


GenresPunk / Post-Rock / Hardcore / Emo / Emotive Hardcore / Screamo / Skramz / Ambient
Related artists?.
CountryCesena ITALY
Years Active2012-present
Song: "E Ancora... Quanto Vorrei Odiarti"
Album: 'Affogare, Risalire, Ricadere'
Year: 2016
For fans ofRaein, La Quiete, Øjne, Monte Ida, Endless Inertia, Via Fondo, Rainmaker, Suis La Lune, Shizune, Youth Novel, Mothlight, Pastel, Yo Sbraito, Killed By Malaise, Altar Of Complaints, Döda Löv, Ogni Giorno, Careless, Matsuri, Viva Belgrado, The Third MemoryVi Som Älskade Varandra Så Mycket, Trachimbrod and Ravin aka PROPER SCREAMO.
Label(s): Self Released / Rubiyat Records / Blessed Hands Records / Dreamgorrila Records / Entes Anomicos / Tadzio Records / Samegrey Records / Santapogue Media / Pundonor Records
This post's artist is from the October 2016 Mix. This is track #8.
You can download: the October 2016 Mix#10 right here or get the new November 2016 Mix#11 here.

Francesco from BYMYSIDE sent me their 2014 release in early 2016 and I was pretty stoked upon hearing it. A few months later they released the phenomenal Italian screamo record titled 'Affogare, Risalire, Ricadere' and I've been a massive fan ever since.

The 2014 cd release is solid, especially for a debut. The six songs (seven if you include the secret track) showcase the style crossfade from the band's beginnings to their next phase. Songs such as "Resa", "Violence" and "Fine" are stellar tracks with the perfect mixture of beauty and anger but the others sound mediocre in comparison.

BYMYSIDE's 2016 12"LP 'Affogare, Risalire, Ricadere' is eight tracks of Italian screamo so intertwined and cohesive that they have raised the bar for active bands playing this style. "E Ancora... Quanto Vorrei Odiarti" opens the record and once 1:02 hits those entrancing Italian/Raein guitars lift the song into primo screamo territory. "Convinzioni Che Crollano" is a bit longer, weighing in at 3:52 and jumping all over the place, from soft, serene bits to lightning fast chaos. "Non Siamo Più Ciò Che Eravamo" starts out like an instrumental jam and eventually brings on the screams as 1:17 hits, and I don't think the Italian powerhouse Shizune is a far off comparison on this one. "Forme Geometriche Nel Buio Che Ci Circonda" is another fantastic example of what makes this band so good, as the track never really gets all that heavy and it may sound soft at some points but it's always wavering in between those two extremes. The spacey and mesmerizing midsection eventually brings the song to a close, but only after you've been transfixed on a calming and beautiful view of the entire galaxy. "Aurora" follows and keeps the atmosphere flowing...or should I say seeping, out of the speakers, as the instrumental song floats around for two minutes with only guitars and bass weaving in and out of each other. "Tutto Resta Uguale" sounds like later Raein and La Quiete so I expect a few frequenters here to shit their pants while jamming this killer track. "Utopia Di Ogni Giorno" is the cream of the crop, holy fuck. This gem of a song gets going right off the bat and doesn't slow down until after 20 seconds while they do a fantastic Via Fondo and Øjne take on screamo. What does that mean? It means there's a lot of clean guitars and overlapping semi-solos that should tickle the fancy of most readers here. Closing this LP is "Come Dovrei Oppormi?" which does so in very Monte Ida (instrumentals) and Pastel (vocals) fashion. In its 3:36 time span it rides a driving and repetitive sound that fizzles out after two minutes and is replaced with a dreamy outro.

If all of that doesn't entice you in the least, then you're reading the wrong blog. BYMYSIDE, see you again in this year's top albums.



2014 - La Negazione Della Realtà cdEP (stream/donate/download here)

2016 - Affogare, Risalire, Ricadere 12"LP (stream/donate/download here)


(2016) BYMYSIDE - "Utopia Di Ogni Giorno" (from 'Affogare, Risalire, Ricadere')

(2016) BYMYSIDE - "E Ancora... Quanto Vorrei Odiarti" (from 'Affogare, Risalire, Ricadere')

(2016) BYMYSIDE - "Tutto Resta Uguale" (from 'Affogare, Risalire, Ricadere')

(2014) BYMYSIDE - "Violence" (from 'La Negazione Della Realtà')

(2014) BYMYSIDE - "Resa" (from 'La Negazione Della Realtà')


BYMYSIDE additional links

Thursday, 20 October 2016

***WORST DAYS exclusive album premiere***

WORST DAYS exclusive EP premiere for 'Separation Anxiety'
For fans of: Left Astray, Euth, Converge and Crestfallen

I've been talking to Matthew Morale quite a bit on Facebook over the last year or two and he has been sending me tracks from the band he does vocals for, WORST DAYS. Right away I was a fan, but the five new songs he sent me last week are fucking killer. The power and abrasiveness of the new EP 'Separation Anxiety' is undeniable. I'll be reviewing the band's full discography next year, so I'll just talk about the album premiere and each song in a more general sense.

This compact, dense and unstable EP tears through five songs in only five minutes. The opener "A Previous Knowledge of Self Destruction" delivers a devastating initial blow in only 1:39, which happens to be the longest track on here. The title track "Separation Anxiety" mixes in what might be considered a softer and more melodic section, but by the end everything's chaotic and heavy as fuck. "Mutilated Thoughts" is a mathy midsection that harkens bands such as Enkephalin and The Minor Times and newer bands like Euth and Machina Genova. "Feeble Minds" clocks in at 39 seconds but travels through at least five, dark, hardcore passages before closing up shop. The closer "It's Easier to Destroy Than Create" opens with a driving rhythm and a weird little breakdown that explodes at 30 seconds moves to lightning speed by 45 seconds and opts for zero vocals. Truly a fantastic and pulverizing EP to which I've embedded the opener "A Previous Knowledge of Self Destruction" for your listening pleasure above and all of the new songs below. Be a sweetheart and please check out the WORST DAYS bandcamp page and support these fine Providence fellas.

And now...a plethora of links:

Premiere of "Seperation Anxiety"

Premiere of "Mutilated Thoughts"

Premiere of "Feeble Minds"

Premiere of "It's Easier to Destroy Than Create"

Live Montreal show from Aug 2016

Tuesday, 18 October 2016


GenresPunk / Hardcore / Grind / Metallic Hardcore / Metalcore / Sludge
Related artists?.
CountryRed Deer, Alberta CANADA
Years Active: 2014-present
Song: "A Streetcar Named Disaster"
Album: "The 21st Agenda EP"
Year: 2016
For fans ofCassilis, Seventeen Again, Norma Jean, The Chariot, Ed Gein, Boak, (older) Botch, Lamantide, Machina Genova, Lavotchkin, Perth Express, The Expectorated Sequence, I Am Your Curse, Barque, (newer) Bleeding Kansas, The Bled, Every Time I Die and In The Name Of Havoc.
Label(s): Self Released
This post's artist is from the October 2016 Mix. This is track #4.
You can download: the October 2016 Mix#10 right here or get the new November 2016 Mix#11 here.

Just last month I was sent the new THE 21ST AGENDA self titled EP in the old OMSB email inbox. I was quite surprised and taken with the pulverizing metallic hardcore from my country's more eastern side. The band from Red Deer, Alberta in Canada released a single song in 2014 called "Words of the Nameless" which must have been a teaser for the new record, but damn that's a lot of time in between. Regardless, the song is a good indicator of what the future material was going to sound like and although it's a decent, heavy and punishing ordeal it doesn't hold a candle to the band's 2016 material.

So, let's talk about the 2016 material aka 'The 21st Agenda EP' cd. The "Intro" and "Outro" of the EP are mostly noise/ambient tracks which aren't my forte. Come track two we are introduced to a more laid back and patient version of the band with "Blind/Sighted" that crawls along with heavy, subdued anger. Track three is a clearer representation of what the band has to offer as "Caustic" cuts through the listener in a mere 1:41 chock full of breakdowns, screams (both low and high) and dirty blasts of grind and metalcore. But oh boy, next up is the absolutely stellar "A Streetcar Named Disaster" which is a moshy hardcore beast laden with crunchy riffs and blazing little solos that was the catalyst for me doing this review. Seriously, really fucking good song. "Grace (Disgrace)" follows with 3:43 of eerie and menacing metallic hardcore that leads into the rerecorded version of 2014's "Words of the Nameless". The last non-ambient track on here is track 7's "Asphalt" and it's a fucking doozy. The darkness, speed and ferocity make this the band's most devastating song recorded thus far and it rivals "A Streetcar Named Disaster" for the best track on the record.

There you have it. An excellent debut release by a relatively unknown and young Canadian punk/hardcore/metal band. My hat's off to you, good sirs. Well fuckin' done.



2014 - Words of the Nameless cd single (stream/donate/download here)

2016 - The 21st Agenda EP cdEP (stream/donate/download here)


(2016) THE 21ST AGENDA - "A Streetcar Named Disaster" (from 'The 21st Agenda EP')

(2016) THE 21ST AGENDA - "Asphalt" (from 'The 21st Agenda EP')

(2016) THE 21ST AGENDA - "Caustic + A Streetcar Named Disaster" (from 'The 21st Agenda EP') live video

(2014) THE 21ST AGENDA - "Words of the Nameless" (from 'Words of the Nameless')


THE 21ST AGENDA additional links


Monday, 17 October 2016


GenresPunk / Hardcore / Emo / Emotive Hardcore / Screamo / Skramz
Related artists?.
CountryForli ITALY
Years Active2004-2007
Song: "Vis Donc, Damne"
Album: "Oktiabr' Novembre"
Year: 2006
For fans ofCrocusМаяк, Raein, La Quiete, Lakmé, Ogni Giorno, (older) Standstill, Pastel, Eaglehaslanded, Viva Belgrado, Gli Altri, Her Breath On Glass, They Sleep We Live, June Paik, Yo Sbraito, Killed By Malaise, Acabah Rot, Descubriendo A Mr. Mime, Chuck Bass, Am I Dead Yet?Det Är Därför Vi Bygger Städer and Danse Macabre aka PROPER SCREAMO.
Label(s): Sons Of Vesta / Grab The Stars
This post's artist is from the October 2016 Mix. This is track #2.
You can download: the October 2016 Mix#10 right here or get the new November 2016 Mix#11 here.

I first heard of ENDLESS INERTIA through a trade with Shove Records in Italy. I forget who the band was likened to that made me trade for a few copies, but I'm sure it was Raein and La Quiete, as they are also Italian. Their 2006 LP is fantastic. In 2007 they released their final material and it was underwhelming.

Looking first at the debut 'Oktiabr'/Novembre' full length, it's pretty good. There is a plethora of melodic and chaotic screamy hardcore songs but nothing tops "Vis Donc, Damne", which is by far the band's crowning achievement. Not only that, but no other songs even comes close to this shining beacon of anthemic European screamy hardcore thanks to the latter half of the track encapsulating a perfect climb to the 1:41 climax of screaming amidst swirling guitars and a dreamy solo that is downright titillating. I can't say enough about this song, fuckin' serious.

Looking next at the 2007 compilation of dead songs (as far as I can tell, at least) titled 'Epica Trapassata E Futura' that houses six lackluster songs, but only when compared to the band's previous endeavors. The primary problem for me is the vocals, which abandoned all screams and resorted to talking over the music. And the music, well, the music is still pretty sweet but the recording quality extracts a fair amount of the punch that ENDLESS INERTIA had with 'Oktiabr'/Novembre', thus leaving the release sounding empty, and unfinished.

While writing this review I stumbled across a Youtube video of a 2005 ENDLESS INERTIA cdEP that I can only assume is a demo, considering the first track is repeated on the 2006 LP. Regardless, this 13-minute thing is well worth a listen, is much more enticing than the 2007 material and is very Danse Macabre and early Raein. Although the quality isn't the greatest, I've made the video into mp3s that are included in the full discography mp3 download linked below.


Click )==>here<==( to download the band's complete discography in mp3 form.

2005 - Nient'altro Che Polvere cdrEP (stream here)

2006 - Oktjabr'/Novembre cdLP (buy cd here)

2007 - Epica Trapassata E Futura digitalLP (stream/download here)


(2005) ENDLESS INERTIA - "4" (from 'Nient'altro Che Polvere')

(2006) ENDLESS INERTIA - "Vis Donc, Damne" (from 'Oktjabr'/Novembre')

(2006) ENDLESS INERTIA - "555 Spettatori Coscienti" (from 'Oktjabr'/Novembre')

(2006) ENDLESS INERTIA - "Espiazione Dell'incomunicabilita" (from 'Oktjabr'/Novembre')

(2007) ENDLESS INERTIA - "La Bohème" (from 'Epica Trapassata E Futura')


ENDLESS INERTIA out of print mp3 discography download / additional links

(download here)