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Monday, 26 September 2016


GenresPunk / Hardcore / Emo / Emotive Hardcore / Screamo / Skramz / Experimental
Related artistsChapman Park, Airoes, Kossabone Red, Some Soviet Station and Electrosleep Int'l.
CountryAtlanta, Georgia USA
Years Active1996-2001
Song: "Less Sugar"
Album: "All My Chances"
Year: 2001
For fans ofInkwell, Sinking Steps...Rising EyesSaetiaYou And ILonely Animals, Still Life, Amber Inn, Indian Summer, I Hate Myself, The South, Rites Of Spring, The Spirit Of Versailles, The Mock Heroic, The Story Of Floating Weeds, Pubes Floral, Districts, The Last Forty Seconds, Tonnn, Hugs, Adobe Homes, Caught In The Fall, Eyes Of Verotika, For Want Of, Light The Fuse And Run, September, The Saddest Landscape and Loom aka PROPER SCREAMO.
Label(s): Self Released / Sanguine Records / Stickfigure Records
This post's artist is from the September 2016 Mix. This is track #7.
You can download: the September 2016 Mix#9 right here or get the new October 2016 Mix#10 here.

A massively overlooked mid-late 90s screamo band, perhaps the first ever to utilize a violin, was Atlanta's PORTRAIT. The band created primarily emotive hardcore punk music with screaming and some chaotic, semi-mathy stuff along with midwestern 90s emo. And then there's that aforementioned violin that is there but only prominent when called for, like Respire's trumpet, and never overextends its welcome like some additional instrumentation (synths/keyboards, I'm looking primarily in your direction). Not only does the band sound like Sinking Ships...Rising Eyes because of the violin, but the rest of the music isn't far off, either, and could also be likened to You And I in terms of their screamy, emotive hardcore style. PORTRAIT released a demo, two 7" EPs, a 10"EP/LP and a complete discography cd in their six years together from 1996 to 2001. Let's start from the beginning, shall we?

The 1997 'Demo' tape is four songs of violin led emo with very unstable clean vocals. When the screaming kicks in the songs sound much more cohesive and full and as there is more of this than the warbling singing it's still a great listen and fantastic debut by the band. Should you jam only one song from this make it "Incandescence" as it has a strong resemblance to You And I and Inkwell, but in all honesty they are all pretty much You And I worship.

1998 saw the band's first vinyl EP released as the 'Portrait' 7". These three songs are excellent early screamo that is both heavy and serene simultaneously. "Once an Englishman" has a great intro with some clean and quick riffing and playful Saetia sounding bass, but as the song progresses there are certainly some weak vocals. It's also worth mentioning that the latter half of this song is driven primarily by the violin and it works out quite well. "Something in Philadelphia" is a cross between Inkwell screamy hardcore and Sinking Steps...Rising Eyes progressive and experimental screamo by weaving the violin in perfectly, especially during the opening minute. Following that the track drops off a cliff and descends into dark and massive breakdowns with multiple screamers, as well as that violin that makes the song additionally devilish. "Always Sacred" is a pretty crazy screamy hardcore song that might be the heaviest thing the band ever recorded and was recorded during these sessions but not released until the 2004 discography cd.

PORTRAIT's self titled 10" was released in 1999 and includes five tracks spanning 23 minutes, and therefore could probably be called an LP. The opener "Even Now" is a screamy romp through late 90s chaotic, emotive hardcore and is the best song here. "Quiet Company" begins with playful, instrumental emo and is a decent PORTRAIT song (think Saetia on this one), along with "Missing the Shore" which is most definitely very violin heavy. "Constellations of a Stargazing Iris" is nearly six minutes of driving music whose equivalent is an emotionally unstable rollercoaster. The 10" closes with "North Ebony" which also eclipses five minutes but is a very different beast, focusing instead on an instrumental, almost medieval-like first half, with the latter being quite the opposite and including lots of heavier, screamier post-hardcore.

In 2001, apparently after the band had already called it a day, the last 7" titled 'All My Chances' was released and is very 'Cryonics'-era Hot Cross sounding. The opener "All My Chances" is pretty darn catchy and repetitive so you'll likely find yourself yelling out, "try to forget all my chances!" Junction at Barcelona" is the chillest of all the songs and more of a post-rock/emo song than anything else. The closer "Less Sugar" is the mathiest and screamiest on here, and is my favourite all-time PORTRAIT song. Seriously this final 7" is fantastic and a fitting (although unfortunate) last offering from a band that was ahead of its time and still frustratingly unknown.

Download that discography, please. Where? Heeeeeeeya!


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

1997 - Demo cassetteEP

1998 - Portrait 7"EP

1999 - Portrait 10"EP

2000 - Portrait cdLP (1997-1999 material)

2001 - All My Chances 7"EP

2004 - Complete Discography cdLP


(2001) PORTRAIT - "Less Sugar" (from 'All My Chances')

(2001) PORTRAIT - "All My Chances" (from 'All My Chances')

(1999) PORTRAIT - "Even Now" (from 'Portrait' 10")

(1999) PORTRAIT - "Constellations of a Stargazing Iris" (from 'Portrait' 10")

(1998) PORTRAIT - "Something in Philadelphia" (from 'Portrait' 7")

(1998) PORTRAIT - "Always Sacred" (from 'Portrait' 7" sessions)

(1997) PORTRAIT - "Incandescence" (from 'Demo')


PORTRAIT out of print wma discography download

(download here)

Sunday, 25 September 2016


GenresPunk / Hardcore / Grind / Metal / Thrash
Related artistsThe Rulers.
CountryReno, Nevada USA
Years Active1994-2003
Song: "Flowers for Whores"
Album: "Drunken Violence"
Year: 2002
For fans ofInside OutThe EndAdvocate, Love Lost But Not Forgotten, Destroyer Destroyer, Convulsant, Phoenix Bodies, Rage Against The Machine, The Expectorated Sequence, Sutek Conspiracy, Owen Hart and Greyskull.
Label(s): Self Released / Revolutionary Power Tools / Equal Vision Records / Fetus Records / Moo Cow Records / Genet Records / Enigmatic / Satans Pimp / 702 Records / 625 Thrashcore / Revelation Records
This post's artist is from the June 2016 Mix. This is track #9.
You can download: the September 2016 Mix#9 right here or get the new October 2016 Mix#10 here.

I'll make this quick.

I don't know much about FALL SILENT. I'm pretty sure I read a punknews review back in the day because their final album was released on Revelation Records and I decided to order a copy. I liked it. I didn't love it. I jammed it a few times and two or three songs found their way into my massive music archive folder of best songs. I've never listened to anything else the band recorded or released until writing this review, and having jammed a few on youtube here and there I'll just stick to what I know. Although I should quickly mention that 'Superstructure' might be even better than 'Drunken Violence' as it is screamier and closer to stuff such as Advocate and Destroyer Destroyer.

'Drunken Violence' was released in 2002 and is the bastard offspring of punk, thrash, metal and hardcore. The vocals are quite reminiscent of a screamier Zach De La Rocha during his Inside Out days with the pre-2002 material having vocals that almost border on Phoenix Bodies and instrumentation that isn't far from early Ed Gein. The opener (there isn't much to track 1) "Flowers for Whores" is my favourite FALL SILENT song. The crunchy and pummeling punk/hardcore/metal gets breakdowny as fuck 49 seconds in and adds additional weight whilst throwing in a little solo here and there once 1:20 hits. Shit gets really heavy at 2:20 following palm mute city, and the title screamed, "Flowers for whores, we smile cuz we're unaffected. Flowers for whores...". At 2:52 the song comes full circle and begins again with much more emphasis on the breakdown/palm-mute parts. Damn, this song is really good. "Seven Plies" sounds like punk worship of Slayer, but that breakdown just before 1:30 is fucking massive. The stop/start breakdown is followed by some eerie, clean singing that drives the song forward swimmingly. The closing at 2:18 is huge with lyrics of, "I felt invincible, like no one could touch us. You can't touch us!" "Barracuda" is a Heart cover and stays true to the original and FALL SILENT simultaneously, making it a very accessible song when compared to the rest of the band's catalogue.

So there you have it. Well...not it, but about 25% of the band's material. The rest you can listen to and jam yourself if this tickled your fancy. Thanks for reading.



1995 - Never Forget... 7"EP
1995 - Wellington split 7"EP

1996 - No Strength to Suffer cd/12"LP

1997 - Nineteenhundrednineyseven cd/7"EP

1999 - Superstructure cd/cassette/12"LP (download here)

2000 - Life: Beautiful, But Heartless 7"EP

2001 - Six Years in the Desert cd/cassette discography compilation

2002 - Drunken Violence cdLP (download here)


(2002) FALL SILENT - "Flowers for Whores" (from 'Drunken Violence')

(2002) FALL SILENT - "Seven Plies" (from 'Drunken Violence')

(2002) FALL SILENT - "Barracuda" (from 'Drunken Violence')

(2001) FALL SILENT - full live set

(1999) FALL SILENT - 'Superstructure' full album

(1997) FALL SILENT - "Wheel of Pain" (from 'Nineteenhundredninetyseven')

(1996) FALL SILENT - 'No Strength to Suffer' full album


FALL SILENT 'Drunken Violence/Superstructure' mp3 download

(download here)

Tuesday, 20 September 2016

***мятеж Tour Diary - Day #2 Providence, RI***

Date: August 10th, 2016
Location: @AS220 in Providence, Rhode Island
Players: Districts, Van Hagar, мятеж and Weak Teeth
Genres covered: punk, emo, screamo, hardcore, powerviolence, metal
Consensus: Band for the band the best show of the tour.
Related Distro items: I have the new Det Ar Darfor Vi Bygger Stader split 7" with Coma Regalia which I helped release on Zegema Beach Records right here.
Details: listed below

I was already online friends with both Jake Letizia and Mike Van Buren from DISTRICTS. I'd heard the band's older material (pre-Mike) and liked it but wasn't blown away. What I saw this night completely changed my perception of the band. Guess what? They are fucking sick. I'm feeling quite feverish and gagging just typing this. The melodic and dreamy emo turns cathartic screamo throughout each song and the band played with hella passion and gusto, including Jake literally snapping his guitar strap and having to sit down on a chair for his guitar/vocal parts (hence why song 4 is in two parts, I had to find that guy a chair). They have recorded some new material and will be releasing it relatively soon, I do believe, so hold on to your goddamn butts.
Links to songs *2* / *3* / *4 part 1* + *4 part 2*

Woooooo boy, our friends in Van Hägar got me pumped as fuck to play next. After nearly blowing out her knee the night prior, Jazzi came back like nothing happened and actually went even more ballistic this time around. The sound at this place was awesome and thankfully I caught my favourite song on film. Be sure to check out the middle of the song with multiple vocalists and a really cool switchover. Powerviolence meets a six-string bass, that is Van Hägar. P.S. Nicky is a machine.
Links to songs *2* / *3*
Maybe it had something to do with the fact that I had just met Mike Van Buren (of whom I'm a huge fan) who helped get us the show, plays in Districts as well as Det Ar Darfor Vi Bygger Stader and defunct outfits Ken Burns, The Last Forty Seconds and Who Goes There?, but this was an all around phenomenal experience in every way. The set felt really good, the bands were all amazing and the turnout was the best of any show we played. I also got to meet the mind behind Tor Johnson Records so that was pretty damn amazing. Here's a video of our first song, which was also the second song we ever wrote as a band and it's about humankind's inner struggle of reconciling technology with nature.
"Power Humvee vs. Cave Dweller"

While we were setting up the merch table, a very familiar looking fellow made a joke to Mike and then stopped, looked at me and said, "I think I know you.". I said the same and he asked if I lived in Toronto and I said no, Hamilton. He immediately smiled and said, "Holy shit you put on the Bloodpheasant show! I was in Bloodpheasant!" and we hugged and reminisced. I also have the final Bloodpheasant LP that hasn't been released yet and it's amazing. One more side note, a member of Weak Teeth bought the .gif from god tape so you know he likes great music ;) So...Weak Teeth. The band plays a hyperactive, heavy and driving hardcore. The blistering parts are offset by beautifully layered, soaring guitars and the thick, screamy vocals are occasionally spread across all three ax wielders. The aforementioned Chris can be found swinging around in every single video from pure passion, which is awesome. The superb drumming is also worth noting, as is the turnout that these four musicians brought out, which was the most out of any show. Fans of Joliette, Litany For The Whale and Lyed should take note.
Link to song *2* / *3* / *4* / *5*

Monday, 19 September 2016


GenresPunk / Post-Rock / Hardcore / Screamo / Post-Metal / Ambient / Noise / Experimental / Prog
Related artists?.
CountryBerlin GERMANY
Years Active2013-present
Song: "Decay Accelerating Factor"
Album: "Fragmenting Tensions"
Year: 2016
For fans ofCarved Up, These Arms Are Snakes, Russian Circles, Jungbluth, Botfly, Shellac, Mogwai, Apollo 18, Kowloon Walled City, Cold Craving, Towers, Ephemera, Brighter Arrows, Blacklisters, At The Drive In, Ladder Devils, Die Princess Die, The Minor Times, The Catalyst, Lara Korona, Since By Man, Frodus and Ruptures.
Label(s): Twisted Chords Records / Light Bulb Records
This post's artist is from the June 2016 Mix. This is track #6.
You can download: the September 2016 Mix#9 right here or get the new October 2016 Mix#10 here.

I'd never heard of COLORED MOTH when I opened up my OMSB inbox sifting for new bands to review. The band cited specific references to this blog and bands reviewed, such as Russian Circles, These Arms Are Snakes, Animal Faces, Frodus, Cassus and Daniel Striped Tiger so right away I was stoked. Alex then cited influences ranging from Botch to Off Minor so then I began salivating onto the floor. Although the three-piece have many bands' influences present, COLORED MOTH has a sound all their own and it's eclectic, well written, challenging and fucking fantastic. Let's take a look at the discography, shall we? We shaaaaaaaaaallllll.

In 2014, about six months after their inception, they released a two song 'Rehearsal EP' with demo versions of tracks three and four off of 2015's 'Ever Dared to Dream Before', so let's just start in 2015. This five song EP was released on 12" thanks to Light Bulb Records and is a more than decent starting point for any heavy band. Noise aka "...the Tomorrow People" opens the record followed by "Night Skies" which weighs in next at a hefty 5:58. This song flies all over the place, but always transitions in a way that'll have you bobbing along and never leave you lost. By two minutes the song has really picked up and the experimental side crashes headfirst with the hardcore side, creating a beautiful and dangerous vortex of sound. "Craniotomy" is a very intriguing song that wastes no time letting you know it's going full tilt from the get-go, and I'd say it has a Ruptures feel to it. It also has some of the best vocal work that includes a nice trade-off delivery at 45 seconds in and reminds me a bit of Botch's "Dali's Praying Mantis". Wait...I just jammed that song too and they are definitely kin, and I mean that in the best way possible. "Duckwalk to the Edge of Space" has striking similarities to the bass-heavy instrumental songs by Off Minor and the quirky, post-rock/post-hardcore of Frodus and Shellac. "Tragedy on Saturn" takes the cake. It takes the wedding cake. Basically any celebratory cake. This silly joke just means the song is really good. Like, really really good. Beginning with Russian Circles worship, the song rides a sexy wave of instru-metal until 2:15 when the raspy, screamed vocals come in and the song breaks into post-hardcore goodness with hints of screamo. If you haven't checked out the active band Carved Up then I'd recommend doing so now because the two bands have a lot in common.

2016's 'Fragmenting Tensions' was just released on May 17th, 2016 via Twisted Chords Records. This thing is a force to be reckoned with. "Decay Accelerating Factor" is the first song on the record, most likely because it's the best song on the record. Beginning with some noodly guitars, the song switches to more straightforward groovin' screamo at 40 seconds (think Logs and Wild Guess) and at 1:24 the song swings boldly into These Arms Are Snakes territory with a building, sassy incline that booms big once 2:08 hits and is one of the highlights of the record. This breakdown has woven intricate riffs inside and leads back to the Hot Cross-y riffing by the song's end. Just fucking stellar stuff. Following that banger is "LZRDSNC" which is a mutated beast of noise. Sounding at times like Ruptures and at others Die Princess Die, with a long, weaving midsection that ventures into some very unstable and trippy territory. This 5:54 mindfuck comes complete with a stellar finish that begins its descent at 4:20 and brings venomous screaming and squealing guitars by the five minute mark. "Dystopian" follows with 1:24 of ambient noise, not unlike track five's "Void" and track eight's "Reminiscence". "Second Sight - Craving of the Id" is an interesting song (complete with serene female singing) along with title track "Fragmenting Tensions" (a jarring rock/hardcore song whose guitar riffs scream Rye Coalition) and "Fragile Spiral" (another bass heavy romp-a-tron) but goddamn that "Power Outage Monologue" is too good. The sassy and chunky intro gets me singing along to, "Is this what you call instinct?" in no time and is slightly reminiscent of a dancier Yage, which is repeated in the middle and again at the end of the song. In fitting COLORED MOTH style, in fact twice in the middle of the track, the band experiments with the parts resulting in it nearly disintegrating into nothingness.

Truly a unique and demanding listen, COLORED MOTH will reward you with so many different styles and awesome parts that you won't know what to do with yourself, thus causing you to repeat yourself and play their new LP all over again.



2014 - Rehearsal digitalEP (stream/donate/download here)

2015 - Ever Dared to Dream Before 12"LP (stream/donate/download here)

2016 - Fragmenting Tensions 12"LP (stream/donate/download here)


(2016) COLORED MOTH - "Decay Accelerating Factor" (from 'Fragmenting Tensions')

(2016) COLORED MOTH - "Power Outage Monologue" (from 'Fragmenting Tensions')

(2016) COLORED MOTH - "LZRDSNC" (from 'Fragmenting Tensions')

(2015) COLORED MOTH - "Tragedy on Saturn" (from 'Ever Dared to Dream Before')

(2015) COLORED MOTH - "Craniotomy" (from 'Ever Dared to Dream Before') live video

(2014) COLORED MOTH - "Duckwalk to the Edge of Space" (from 'Rehearsal')


COLORED MOTH additional links


Sunday, 18 September 2016

***NINE ELEVEN exclusive music video premiere***

exclusive premiere for:
Theme D "Apocalypse"
from the upcoming 'Sentinels' 12"LP

ffo: Amanda WoodwardAussitot MortAmber and Fall Of Efrafa

Today the (((((OPENmind/SATURATEDbrain))))) blog has the distinguished honour of premiering the new NINE ELEVEN music video for their new, fourth, five-song 12"LP. The second video released and this premiere is for the 6:33 explosion of post-hardcore/post-metal that is "Apocalypse" aka Theme D. NINE ELEVEN is from France, features the drummer from seminal French screamo outfit Amanda Woodward and have been releasing steadily since 2009.

The video is expertly shot and this video follows a linear story instead of having a million images slapped across your face in five seconds (an embellishment, I know). The song begins like a tornado on your doorstep, with no slow builds or a second to breathe. The video begins with some really cool slow motion running through a dessert during which a finger is pointing to and following two men. Just before two minutes the song takes an subdued, eerie breather and has one man flipping a coin in the dessert while cutting in and out of The Shining. Just before three minutes we are moved inside to watch a play shrouded in darkness mixed with some very uncomfortable imagery, such as the concoction of hard drugs and image manipulations of the dead sisters in The Shining. By five minutes we are brought back to see the two men, now buried up to their chests in the sand as the song topples and crushes itself under its own weight. Hot damn what a banger.

On Monday (aka tomorrow) the band will release Themes C and D on their websites tomorrow and pre-orders will go up at that time for the 'Sentinels' 12"LP also. The record is really just one song at 35 minutes that the band cut into five tracks, each with a unique and professional music video. On 9/11 they dropped the first video, called Theme B "Guidecca" linked here. After Monday be on the lookout for Themes A and E although I am unsure of the release dates for those. Member Antoine Grezel (ex-Amanda Woodward and Aussitot Mort) had this to say. "The album is a patriach and the figure of a son/student. At the end he appears to be one person lost in that duality."

A heaping pile of thank you's go out to Antoine as well as the entire band for trusting me with this killer premiere. Love y'all, and this is an amazing album.