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Sunday, 24 September 2017


GenresPunk / Hardcore / Screamo / Emo-violence / Grindcore / Noise / Black Metal
Related artists?.
CountryBaltimore, Maryland U.S.A.
Years Active2015-2016
Song: "Genosha"
Album: "Demo"
Year: 2015
For fans ofKiss The Sky Goodbye, Phoenix Bodies, Machina Genova, Enkephalin, Letters In Binary, Me And Him Call It Us, Tentacles, Fear Before The March Of Flames, Ed Gein, Worst Days, Terror Eyes, Black Nail, Genghis Tron, Inside The Beehive and Crestfallen aka PROPER SCREAMO.
Label(s): Self Released
This post's artist is from the August 2017 Mix. This is track #1.
You can download: the September 2017 Mix#9 right here or get the new October 2017 Mix#10 here.

Venomous, violent and unrelenting. Sweet, review done.

Ahhhh not really. It could be, though. Short and sweet, just like EGARRA. Releasing just three songs in 2015, this four-piece slashed through grindy, mathy, screamy hardcore like it was a piece of cake. Drawing likely influences from bands such as Kiss The Sky Goodbye, Phoenix Bodies and Crestfallen, their one to two minute bursts of epic and ferocious math grind both pummel and connect with the listener, like a good kidnapper or hostage taker, I'd reckon.

The 'Demo' is sensational, with opener "Genosha" tearing rabidly through a minute fifty of noisy bliss. If your will hasn't caved in by 1:20, the feedback soaked breakdown at the end with get you - I promise. "Bloodhaven" is a two-minute dandy of ballistic drumming, sick riffs, breakdowns and nearly-maniacal screaming. I'd be amiss not to point out the shear power and force that vocalist Kyle is able to summon is remarkable, and sounds very much like Kiss The Sky Goodbye.

The band's final release, a digital single titled "Thomas and Logan", employs a consistent onslaught of dual screaming and breakneck drumming. I think it's safe to say with this that the band was likely headed in an even faster, crazier direction at the time of their demise. The section from 47 seconds to 1:05 is phenomenal, employing single, ringing bass notes amidst noodley guitars and beautifully placed screams.

Hot damn, EGARRA truly did everything short and awesome, unfortunately that included their band lifespan.



2015 - Demo digitalEP (stream/donate/download here)
2015 - Thomas and Logan digital single (stream/donate/download here)


(2015) EGARRA - "Genosha" (from 'Demo')

(2015) EGARRA - "Bloodhaven" (from 'Demo')

(2015) EGARRA - "Thomas and Logan" (from 'Thomas and Logan')


EGARRA additional links


Friday, 22 September 2017


GenresPunk / Rock / Post-Hardcore / Alternative
Related artistsD.O.T.C., Secret In Defense, Spitback and Oursecondtorture.
CountryKuantan MALAYSIA
Years Active2016-present
Song: "Fallen Empire"
Album: "The Fall The Rise"
Year: 2017
For fans ofAt The Drive In, Sparta, For The Mathematics, The Mars Volta, Thursday, The Sound Of Animals Fighting, Encrypt Manuscript, Gran Casino, Beast Jesus, Life In Vacuum, I Am Alaska, Lucertulus, Trapdoor Fucking Exit and Christiansen.
Label(s): Self Released / Utarid Tapes / ISU Recs
This post's artist is from the August 2017 Mix. This is track #8.
You can download: the September 2017 Mix#9 right here or get the new October 2017 Mix#10 here.

I really do listen to everything I'm sent. Sometimes it's obvious if something will be a good fit or not. Other times I am unable to muster up preconceived notions for a variety of reasons, and when I read a message asking me to check out At The Drive In, Sparta and Glassjaw inspired CANTILEVER, I kinda threw my arms up and said, "Well...fuck, I dunno. Let's give'er a go." And I did. And I was pretty impressed. I'm additionally stoked because this is their debut. And, Malaysia seems to be poppin' these last few years. Let's take a quick look at the tracks.

Firstly, the EP is titled 'The Fall The Rise' and it leads off with a short, spacey intro that blasts into a short stab at full tilt before recoiling into a looped guitar fade out that flatlines at 1:10. Up next is "Runaway", an awkward, jarring and early At The Drive In-sounding track with clean vocals midway through the song. It has its moments but doesn't reach the height of later tracks. "Enigmas" gets things back on track with a rousing with 5:36 of dancey hardcore with yelling. Again At The Drive In comparisons are unavoidable, especially with the guitars that take hold at 1:03. Despite the obvious influence it holds its own and adds a smooth spin on the often replicated sound. "The Death of Steve" is the third track, taking the faster, heavier bits from the previous track and condensing it all down to 2:12. Although an extremely unlikely influence, this song sounds quite a bit like For The Mathematics both instrumentally and vocally, so I'd recommend that everyone check out that band, too. Perhaps it's the closer that steals the show, as the interesting but not groundbreaking material prior don't pack the earnest vocals and consistent riffs put forth on "Fallen Empire". The injection of dual vocals and the most cohesive melodies seem to stem from The Mars Volta and Sparta, both of At The Drive In's subsequent incarnations. Should you check out one song from this band, I'd recommend it being this. That being said, the band has a new track called "Cut For Nothing" being premiered shortly that will give this final song a run for its money.

Well played, folks. Thanks for the submission and keep up the good work!



2017 - The Fall The Rise cd/cassetteEP (stream some songs here and the rest here)


(2017) CANTILEVER - "Fallen Empire" (from 'The Fall The Rise') official music video

(2017) CANTILEVER - "Death of Steve" (from 'The Fall The Rise') official music video

(2017) CANTILEVER - "Enigmas" (from 'The Fall The Rise')


CANTILEVER additional links


Tuesday, 19 September 2017

***MASSA NERA exclusive premiere***

MASSA NERA's 2017 12"LP
'Los Pensamientos De Una Cara Palida'

Streaming in full on October 2nd from Sophie's Floorboard w/pre-orders available via:

Zegema Beach Records (Canada/New Zealand/Australia)
Middle Man Records (U.S.A.)
Ancient Injury Records (U.S.A.)
Dingleberry Records (Germany/Europe)

Belle Époque Publishing (Canada)

My first introduction to MASSA NERA was on the first date of the 2016 мятеж tour, August 9th in New Jersey at Boontunes, to be exact. The young group, then 5-piece with a different bass player, blew me away. Check out the videos I took of them here. Fast forward to late 2016 and I got to help with the Jeromes Dream tribute cassette, of which they took part in. Not only did they take part, but they submitted one of the best tracks on the 60+ minute compilation. In early 2017 I asked some bands if they were interested in playing the Zegema Beach Records Fest in June, to which MASSA NERA agreed. Two days before their departure date and three before the show, their vocalist quit the band. But the remaining four fellas drove all the way to Hamilton, Ontario from New Jersey and blew everyone at that night of the fest all the fucking way to the outer rings. Be sure to check them out in this ZBR Fest Day 1 post linked here. A few weeks following their rousing performance I received their LP masters and weeeeeeeeeeoooooooooowwwwwww that's some good shit. I made sure to get myself and Zegema Beach Records on board, after which we reached out and asked for help from Middle Man Records, Ancient Injury Records, Dingleberry Records and Belle Époque Publishing (Egin from Respire's new label). To top off this incredible journey with MASSA NERA is the stunning 12" art from Connie Sgarbossa of SeeYouSpaceCowboy fame. So, without any further ado, here is the premiere of "One.Two.Zero." from the upcoming 'Los Pensamientos De Una Cara Palida' 12"!

(2017) MASSA NERA - "One.Two.Zero." (from 'Los Pensamientos De Una Cara Palida')
For fans of: Shizune, Off Minor and Young Mountain
After the initial 44-second noise intro "One.Two.Zero." goes all out. I love the massive breakdown and subsequent drum ridiculousness just after the one-minute mark. After a dark transition the groove sets in around 1:40 and the band rides this wave to what seems like an anti-climax, only to drop down further to invoke a powerful and cathartic outro from 3:05 that gives a hint of what's to come from their upcoming LP. Absolutely crushing. Wowza. As mentioned above, there will also be a full album stream with the pre-order links coming October 2nd, 2017 over at Sophie's Floorboard. Get the fuck ready.

Monday, 18 September 2017

***RESPIRE + LOVE/LUST exclusive video interview + Munich show review***

June 21st, 2017
Following our band debacle in Croatia which led to the tour being cancelled, we made our way into Germany on a grueling 11 hours bus trip...with a three-year old! At this point I was going out to shows alone, which is pretty normal for me, as Mike Van Buren had made his way to Sweden in an attempt to reclaim his lost luggage. I took a 45-minute bus through the beautiful Munich which was exhilarating. Respire and Love/Lost had just started unloading into the venue so I helped and then hung out with the bands. At Kafe Marat in Munich/München there was a meeting for an organization protesting the G20 so I was asked not to take videos of the venue itself, just the bands. At that point members of Respire, Love/Lust and I walked to a river and made most of the following video interview that I'm premiering right fucking now. Enjoy!

exclusive video interview


The openers SUR L'EAU were the local act from München, played spastic and loose hardcore and were fitting openers, bringing in shorter songs and a more direct approach, with the two out of town bands playing 5-10 minute songs. Check some out below. I'm kind of lost on comparisons here, but the vocalist was very in your face which added an extra notch of intensity to the set. I guess maybe Arches? I don't know.
Link to song: *2*
ffo: Orchid, AttackRobotAttack and Cease Upon The Capitol


Next up was Respire's touring partners LOVE/LUST from Berlin. Apparently dubbed as "hipster black-metal" when attempting to rope Respire in to a tour, played an awesome three-song set with a newly acquired 16-year old guitar player. The quartet used the space excellently, moving around and even employing a selection of vocal effects. Each song seemed to hover just under the 10-minute mark and incorporated dreamy bits, slow builds and chaotic eruptions. Keep an eye out on this very young band (together only six months for this concert, I believe?) as they released 'Sorrow' which I've linked here.
ffo: Locktender, Respire and NIC aka ██████


The amazing RESPIRE were up next...after a pepper spray incident that caused about half of the audience to give up and go home. That really sucked. But here is their full set below, in case you were one of those few who thought they weren't going to be able to play in that tear-inducing pepper spray chamber. Anyway, they go through the motions for a few minutes before finding their groove and then they rocked out harder than I may have ever seen them do before. Eslin's viola playing has been modified since she joined the band full-time, as she matches the notes formerly held by Emmett's trumpet perfectly, as well as doing her own stuff. I even jumped on for some vocals on "Eternal Nothing" and man that was awesome. The band is writing for an upcoming LP so keep your eyes peeled in early 2018!
ffo: Old Soul, City Of Caterpillar and Locktender
Grab the few copies left of their 12" first pressing 'Gravity and Grace' here.


Here are some pictures from around Munich, Germany.

Sunday, 17 September 2017


GenresPunk / Post-Hardcore / Post-Metal / Screamo / Ambient
Related artistsLes Deux Minutes De La Haines.
CountryPau FRANCE
Years Active2012-2013
Song: "Deux"
Album: "Amertumes"
Year: 2012
For fans ofAmanda WoodwardSed Non SatiataNous ÉtionsLes Deux Minutes De La HainesGantzEnvyAussitôt MortMilanKuAporia, Nionde Plågan, Anodes, Nine ElevenMarée Noire, Evylock, Lakmé, Buried Inside, Mihai Edrisch, Titan, Respire, Breag Noafa, I Am A Curse, Gameness and Carcajou aka PROPER SCREAMO.
Label(s): Self Released / Dingleberry Records / Back To Reality Records / Des Bombes Des Fleurs / Desertion Records / Anarchino Records / Plastic Phant Records / Not A Pub / Emergence / A L'ombre De Cette Vie Records / Orchidscent Records
This post's artist is from the August 2017 Mix. This is track #10.
You can download: the September 2017 Mix#9 right here or get the new October 2017 Mix#10 here.

I first heard this band by sheer luck, as I visited friend and fellow label fanatic Olin Dunleavy from Friendly Otter Records. Upon parting ways I was given some random records to even out a trade we did, and in it was the 3-way 12" with THE SOLEXINE CHAPTER on it. After a year or so I got around to trying to figure out what each of the bands on it sounded like, only to become deeply smitten with these folks. For French screamo with heavy nods to post-rock and post-hardcore, look no further than this band that preceded Les Deux Minutes De La Haines. With strong ties in sound to Amanda Woodward, Nous Étions and Envy, the band self-released 'Amertumes' in 2012 and two final tracks on the aforementioned 2013 '3-way split' 12" with I Was A Cosmonaut Hero and Cheval. The band named all of their songs "One" to "Eleven" in French.

The 9-song 2012 debut 'Amertumes' is fucking genius. The record is extremely consistent, engaging and downright awesome. The decent tracks include "Intro", "Neuf", "Sept" and "Interlude", but those are just the tip of the iceberg. The remaining tracks all stand out and, simply put, are ridiculously good. Each track has its own characteristics but the beautifully woven instrumentals are present everywhere, fluctuating between serene and explosive as well as incorporating a wide array of dreamy breakdowns and palm muting. "Trois" is a great example, with its writhing instrumentals that subtly inject poisonous melodies and crushing vocals. "Cinq" begins dark and dreary but picks up from two minutes onward with an imposing sound comparable to new Nine Eleven material. "Deux"'s intro is carried by rolling bass and beautiful, subdued guitar. At 2:10 the song shifts from head swaying post-hardcore to epic, driving screamo. From 4:24 until 5:24 the song plummets in a beautifully constructed and insanely catchy instrumental nosedive with displaced Envy-esque vocals. This is followed by a sick, dark breakdown Amanda Woodward style with commanding guitars. "Quatre" is tied for my favourite track along with "Deux", although this is shorter and has Amanda Woodward love smeared all over the massive, unstoppable force that could quite easily be likened to the audio equivalent of Games Of Thrones' The Great Wall. Such a bad comparison, but such a gripping song. Closer "Huit" allots the first 1:52 to spacey instrumentals and a lengthy audio clip from Fahrenheit 451 and is a final reminder of the album's dense consistency.

'3-Way split' tracks are long and very good, but don't have that wow factor that is present on about half of their full length. "Dix" delves into an awkward and deathly sounding bass intro that sets the stage for the dark, evil instrumentals that follow. The highlight of the split, "Onze", is ambient until 2:20 when thunderous bass riffs and a devilish guitar lick take center stage. At 8:14 this thing is monumental and won't let you down, because...damn, you can't get much better. If you are still aching for more, be sure to check out the members' current band Les Deux Minutes De La Haines.



2012 - Amertumes cdLP (stream/donate/download here)

2013 - 3-way split (w/I Was A Cosmonaut Hero & Cheval) 12"LP (stream/donate/download here)


(2012) THE SOLEXINE CHAPTER - "Deux" (from 'Amertumes')

(2012) THE SOLEXINE CHAPTER - "Quatre" (from 'Amertumes')

(2012) THE SOLEXINE CHAPTER - "Trois" (from 'Amertumes')

(2013) THE SOLEXINE CHAPTER - "Onze" (from '3-way' split)


THE SOLEXINE CHAPTER additional links