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Thursday, 22 June 2017


GenresPunk / Screamo / Hardcore / Emo-violence / Skramz
Related artists?.
CountryGiessen GERMANY
Years Active2016-present
Song: "B"
Album: "demo"
Year: 2017
For fans ofArches, My Life With The Spaniard, Cease Upon The Capitol, Subjects/Rulers, Orchid, Virginia On Duty, Coma Regalia, Descubriendo A Mr. Mime, Danse Macabre, My Heart To Joy At The Same Tone, Komarov, Jiyuna, Jeanne, Hugs, Mesa Verde, Foxmoulder and The Sky Above And Earth Below aka PROPER SCREAMO.
Label(s): Self Released
This post's artist is from the May 2017 Mix. This is track #10.
You can download: the May 2017 Mix#5 right here or get the new June 2017 Mix#6 here.

PORTRËIT sent me their demo EP in early 2017 and right away I was taken aback. With gutteral screams of anguish and pain washing over either dreamy instrumentals or pummeling hardcore, these German screamo folks have got their shit together and mighty quick. Although the EP is only two tracks, technically each side houses numerous songs but they were all recorded together. The vocals bear a strong resemblance to bands like Arches, My Life With The Spaniard as well as Matt from Cease Upon The Capitol, Dolcim and Subjects/Rulers fame, which are very throaty and lyrically difficult to decipher. The guitars, in particular, stand out most boldly when the music chills out and lulls the listener in with plodding, melodic, single note or chorded progressions. Check out the opening of "A" for a prime example or tail-end of "B". If you only have time to check out one of the 7+ minute sides I'd recommend shooting for "B" first although both are excellent. I do hope in the future they break up the sides and post individual songs or perhaps most will be recorded again for subsequent endeavors. I'm very interested to see what pops up next from PORTRËIT.



2017 - demo digitalEP


(2017) PORTRËIT - "B" (from 'demo')

(2017) PORTRËIT - "A" (from 'demo')


PORTRËIT additional links


Tuesday, 20 June 2017


Band: Brume Retina
GenresPunk / Hardcore /Screamo / Noise Rock / Post-rock
Related artists: Gameness, Revok, DSB, General Dub, K-Iman, Lab°, Urine, Call Us As You Wish !, Ride That Sexy Horse, Seekers Of The Truth, You Will Never Appear On TV With Such A Face
Country: Paris, France
Years Active: 2005-2011
Song: "Recrache"
Album: Brume Retina / Hiro split
Year: 2007
For fans of: Gameness, Daitro, Gantz, EnvyAmanda WoodwardLoma PrietaBeau NavireThe Third MemoryMihai EdrischFuneral Diner, Hiro, Baron Noir, The Sons Of Saturn, A Flower Kollapsed, The Mock Heroic aka PROPER SCREAMO.
Label(s): Desertion Records, Cité De Chenilles, Rejuvenation Records, Ape Must Not Kill Ape, Impure Muzik, Emergence, Recap Records, Fux, Unbeliever, I've Come For Your Children, Old Skool Kids
This post's artist is from the May 2017 Mix. This is track #?.
You can download: the May 2017 Mix#5 right here or get the new June 2017 Mix#6 here.

Brume Retina were a French hardcore/screamo band that helped push the French screamo sound forward. While there are still plenty of quiet guitar breaks and wonderful melodies going on, Brume Retina stays a bit more in touch with their punk roots, coming off as a bit more aggressive than many of their peers. The sound is much in line with the last couple of releases from Gameness, which 3 of the members played in beforehand, plus many others from their country such as DaitroAmanda Woodward, and Gantz. The tension they create is a huge key to their sound, yet things still seem to explode out of nowhere even though you know it's coming. While there's a pretty consistent sound between releases, their last album Agresse Gueule is their heaviest. I'm most fond of the split with Hiro, partially because it was the first I heard, but I also feel like the songs on it sum up their sound the best. All of it is great though, I highly recommend listening to all of their material.


2006 - Linéaire Des Libres

2006 - Bonus 3xFile (included with Linéaire Des Libres)

2007- Brume Retina/Hiro split

2010- Agresse Gueule

2010- We Fucked Up Our Lives | A Tribute To Tantrum


(2007) BRUME RETINA- "Recrache" (from 'Hiro' split)

(2007) BRUME RETINA- "Hymne A La Loi" (from 'Hiro' split)

(2006) BRUME RETINA- "Ma Vie N'est Rien" (from 'Linéaire Des Libres')

(2006) BRUME RETINA- "Huis Clos" (from 'Linéaire Des Libres')

(2006) BRUME RETINA- "L'employe du mois" (from 'Bonus')

(2010) BRUME RETINA- "Un temps de merde" (from 'Agresse Gueule')

(2010) BRUME RETINA- "Acquisition de moulins à vent" (from 'Agresse Gueule')

(2010) BRUME RETINA- "3 Alternatives" (from 'We Fucked Up Our Lives | A Tribute To Tantrum')


BRUME RETINA out of print mp3 discography download

(download here)

***мятеж / KELUT split 12" exclusive premiere***

Welllllll fuck. It's bittersweet, but here is the exclusive premiere of the мятеж/KELUT split 12"LP along with the news that our European мятеж has officially been cancelled. In a nutshell, our drummer's passport was stolen the day of his flight and our guitarist and head honcho was also unable to get to Europe. Mike (bass) and myself (vocals) can't really do the tour by ourselves so we've had to pack it in and accept defeat. I'm very sorry to those who booked or helped book shows for us, especially considering that some of said shows have now fallen through. Everyone in Croatia was amazing in every way and we also caught a sick show with Ostraca, Komarov and Adrestia. As of this post I am now in Munich, Germany with my family. It's fucking gorgeous here. We just ate vegan donairs with vegan baklava and cinnamon cream sauce for Lisa's birthday. At least things are on the up and up now. Okay then...let's begin.

мятеж is an project that consists of Chris Story (ex-Makara, Jenny Piccolo, Yaphet Kotto, The Anasazi and Anal Knievel) on...everything instrumental and myself (ex-The World That Summer) on vocals. This split 12" is a mixture of songs recorded by Chris over the last three years that I assembled into a much more ambient and atmospheric mix when compared to our other releases.

"Intro"is just that, a mild and dreamy afternoon floating down a river on your back. "Van Llewyn and Burke, Carter J. - Welcome to 2017 (you pieces of shit)" was initially released on Zampler #5 (with demo vocals) way back in 2015 and has always been one of my favourite songs for a myriad of reasons, the most obvious (perhaps) is because the entire thing, including audio samples, are about the movie Aliens. The song was apparently 4 bits of songs thrown together with different audio samples, but as I was unaware of this when writing the lyrics I just thought it was one killer track. I removed the initial samples and included the sound bytes from Aliens in order to put a spotlight on the movie's incredible depiction of selfishness, greed and lack of empathy for others via government and corporate entities. Jesse Mowery (our touring buddy and third head) lays down some scathing vocals from 1:26 onwards with "all the dreams we've ever seen".

"Interlude" is track that houses Chris' only vocals on any release thus far, so I can't say exactly what it's about. "The Dark Ages 2.0 (Copyright 2017 USA)" was first written as an instrumental track for a tape comp that didn't end up happening, so I decided to throw down some vocals for it. It's pretty mellow for a мятеж song and is about my pessimistic attitude regarding the future of the USA before Trump was even considered a presidential candidate and my subsequent realization that said pessimism was actually a little too optimistic. My favourite lyrics on this one are, "What are we to do when reason won't put a fight? Turn off the lights and disintegrate into the night". The finale is "Straight the Fuck Down", which is probably one of our best songs to date. The opening 30 seconds or so is your typical мятеж screamo/powerviolence that recedes quickly into a single, hypnotic guitar riff that balances out the remainder of the song. It also includes one of my favourite samples from Copland as well as the final movement of the very first (and only, as I was listening to a hell of a lot of Carlos Cipa at the time) piano song that I ever wrote. That piano clip is actually myself and my amazing wife Lisa playing together.

KELUT is, for lack of a more succinct synopsis, the next step for the majority of members from Yusuke. Pretty much gone are the pretty, noodly and more Saetia sounding sections, as the band goes apeshit here with five tracks of mind-numbing and ear-splitting screamy, dark hardcore. Tracks 1 and 2 were previously released on Zamplers and the KELUT bandcamp page, with the final 3 songs being premiered right now. Prepare yourself for multiple vocalists taking almost constant shots at you, with raging instrumentals and some fucking sick sweeps. Ryan, the drummer from Yusuke, said farewell to his drum kit in order to just scream maniacally along with the former Yusuke vocalist Tony, thereby giving the band some awesome dual screamers. The always intricate and amazing Tyler on guitar recently moved away, so I am unsure if the band will continue, but I am beyond stoked to share this 12" split with them.

The 12" comes in screenprinted jackets by Nevin from IFB and artwork by the extremely talented Connie Sgarbossa of SeeYouSpaceCowboy in a polybag with two lyric inserts. The vinyl sleeves are black, as is the 12" vinyl, with handstamped centre labels by yours truly. The records are sitting at a house back in Canada and will ship out as soon as I return for a July 20th release date. All Zegema Beach Records pre-orders come with a free 12" split with Yusuke and Lori AND a free Zampler compilation cd! Order from all the labels below.

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Thursday, 15 June 2017


GenresPunk / Rock / Post-Rock / Hardcore / Post-Hardcore / Screamo / Emo-violence / Skramz / Grind / Crust
Related artistsYaphet KottoJenny PiccoloMakara, The Anasazi, The World That Summer, Anal Knieval
Country: Portland, Oregon United States/Hamilton, Ontario Canada/soon New Zealand
Years Active: 2014-Present
Song: "Straight The Fuck Down"
Album: Kelut/мятеж Split 12"
Year: 2017
For fans ofWelcome The Plague YearYusukeFoxmoulderSwan Of TuonelaMakaraJune Paik, Ostraca, Old SoulTentacles  aka PROPER SCREAMO.
Label(s): Wolf Town DIY, IFB Records, Friendly Otter, Upwind Productions, Akashita Corp, Zegema Beach Records, Dingleberry Records, Through Love Records, Samegrey Records
This post's artist is from the May 2017 Mix. This is track #9.
You can download: the May 2017 Mix#5 right here or get the new June 2017 Mix#6 here.

мятеж , or mretx, or myatezh, or Rebellion, or Insurgency, is one of the most unique band processes I’ve ever seen or been a part of. David asked me to write about the band since I’m not on anything released yet and have more of an outsider’s perspective of it all. In a way I saw the formation of the “band” happen. I remember when Chris showed up on some screamo facebook groups and everyone freaked out that he was in Yaphet Kotto. I remember seeing David first start posting his blog around. It didn’t take too long for them to connect, and David started doing vocals for a recording project that Chris had started. I was sent a few early ones and was extremely surprised with the songs, as they had pretty much everything I love: great melodies, blast beats, spacey parts, harsh distorted screams, all in mostly short, compact bursts. In 2015 they got asked to play Warp Zone Fest in Peoria, IL, so they planned to do a tour around it with People’s Temple Project, who they were about to do a split with. David asked me to play bass and help book some shows. We asked a few different drummers to play with us, but none could so Eric from PTP played with us. We all met in Long, Island, David drove, Chris flew, and I took a bus from Nashville with a bass combo stuffed in a suitcase. We practiced 3 times and then went on a 10 day tour. Each day of tour we just considered another practice. Sometimes we played better than we thought we could. Other times the songs just turned into chaos, but never really fell apart either. We met many people that we had only talked to online, completing this weird process of people only knowing each other on the internet do to a mutual love of music coming together in reality from different places, which is basically the whole foundation of this band. We did another short run in August 2016 around Swamp Fest, and now they are on their way to tour Europe around Cry Me A River. Unfortunately this go around I couldn’t afford to go, so I’m just at home writing and in control of the blog while they’re gone.

Musically, мятеж covers a bit of ground, yet each song still sounds like it's from the same bands. Chris mentioned in his interview with David a while ago that he was experimenting with mixing Crossed Out with Explosions In The Sky, which I find to be a pretty perfect description of the band in general. Some songs are pure rippers, others devolve into almost ambient parts, and there's also some beautiful slow jams.

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

2014- Look at your 3 best friends​.​.​. if they're ok then it's you

2014- The Mathematics of Being an Asshole

2014- Ex​-​Patriot​/​Deviation

2014- Zampler #3 - Nerves of Steel

2015- Zampler #4 - Flip Six Three Hole

2015- Empathy compilation

2015- Zampler #5 - To Fight the Bug, We Must Understand the Bug

2015- Split 7" w​/​det är därför vi bygger städer

2015- Split 7" w​/​PEOPLE'S TEMPLE PROJECT

2016- Follow the Rules comp

2016- Comp - The Stars are a Free Show #2


2017- split w/ Kelut

2017- split w/ Synodus Horrendus


(2017) МЯТЕЖ - "Straight The Fuck Down" (from 'МЯТЕЖ/Kelut split')

(2017) МЯТЕЖ - "Van Llewyn and Burke, Carter J. - Welcome to 2017 (you pieces of shit)" (from 'МЯТЕЖ/Kelut split')

(2015) МЯТЕЖ - "Slapping the General Populace" (from 'Split 7" w/ det är därför vi bygger städer')

(2015) МЯТЕЖ - "Awake End" (from 'Split 7" w/ People's Temple Project')

(2015) МЯТЕЖ - "Power Humvee vs. Cave Dweller" (from 'Empathy comp')

(2015) МЯТЕЖ - "Dolla Bills Dipped In Ice Nine" (from 'Zampler #3 - Nerves of Steel')


МЯТЕЖ out of print mp3 discography download / additional links

(download here)


Wednesday, 14 June 2017

***2017 OMSB mp3 Mix #7 (July)***

July 2017 mp3 MIX #7
 => ***DOWNLOAD HERE*** <=
...and updates

I move out of my house tomorrow. I'm insanely busy. Мятеж European tour starts on June 17th until June 29th. Here are the details:

Мятеж TOUR

June 17th: Zagreb CROATIA
w/Hexis, Mališa Bahat, Cabal
@Akc Attack

June 19th: Budapest HUNGARY
No venue, please help!!!
June 20th: Bratislava SLOVAKIA
Mike what is the info for this?
June 21st: Brno CHECHIA
Bajkazylu @Happy Mutant

June 22nd: Dresden GERMANY
@Südkiez P2

 June 24th: Versmold GERMANY
w/Ostraca, Cassus, Republic Of Dreams, Komarov, etc.
@JUZ Westside

 June 25th/26th anywhere
please help!!!
June 27th: Hamburg GERMANY
w/This Too Will Pass

June 29th: Upsalla SWEDEN
@Via Fondo’s practice basement

Hi there. As I wind down my Canada days I realized I need to step back for a few months. In June I will on tour with мятеж and will be gone for about 3 weeks. In July I will be getting ready to move to New Zealand and leave July 31st. In August I will be finding a home in Dunedin. Therefore, for June July and August I will be doing 4-5 band posts per month and my amazing friend Jesse Mowery will be handling the other 5-6.

Because of the move to New Zealand, Zegema Beach Records released Zampler #9 already which you can listen and download here. In August of 2017 we will release Zampler #10 which will be a "best of" from the first 80 releases that we did while residing in Canada.

In terms of new releases Zegema Beach has orders up for both the 2x12" 8-band/4-country split (linked here) and the Jeromes Dream tribute tape comp (linked here).

And lastly, here's the tracklisting for OMSB mix#5 that was reviewed in May.

1) YURODIVY -"Aphos"

2) FABLE -"Foreshadowing the Reincarnate"


4) MINERVA SUPERDUTY -"First as Tragedy"


6) BELLADONE - "Organes Mâchés"

7) EUTH -"Blind Rotters"

8) ANODES -"Enkindle"

9) MIRA -"Abyssal"

10) HUNDREDS OF AU -"Post Truth Days"

Much love,

Dave / OMSB / ZBR

This is Jesse, I'm taking control of the blog for the month. As you can see, 2 tracks are missing, and I don't know what they are, and David is flying overseas right now, so I'll edit this later.



ZBR Store/Bandcamp

SEEYOUSPACECOWBOY 'Fashion Statements of the Socially Aware' EP

7" (pre-order here)
(listen here)

мятеж / KELUT 'Split' LP


12" (pre-order here)
(listen here)

EIGHT FEET UNDER '8-way split' double LP
2x12" (order here)
(listen here)

IT'S MORE LIKE AN HOMAGE TO YOU 'Jeromes Dream Tribute' LP
cassette (pre-order here)
(listen to 5 songs here)

12" (order here)
(listen here)


***Interviews/Live shows coming up this month for sure:
- EDHOCHULI live show review with Hang The Old Year and La Luna

***Interviews/Live shows/premieres posted last month:

***The following page have changes:
- nada

As always, on or around the 1st of every month, I will be posting a ZIP file with songs for the upcoming month with ALL specifics deleted from the tags, so unless you already know the band, there is NO information regarding each track.

During the following month, I will post reviews for those bands and link the tracks to the review so you can associate the two together. This way you can listen to a new song/band and have little-to-no bias. Below, I have re-posted the June mp3 mix that is used for this month's reviews.

***2017 mp3 Mix #6 (reviewed in June)***

The new OMSB mp3 Mix #7 is half Dave and half Jesse Mowery and includes:

NEW => ***2017 OMSB mp3 Mix #7 (reviewed in July)*** <= NEW

Any bands/labels that are interested in having their stuff reviewed, please email with "Open Mind Saturated Brain" as the subject. Please keep in mind that I don't review everything, just what jives with the blog. I will, however, listen to everything you send me. I would recommend emailing with an idea for a song/album premiere 2 months prior to that song/album release date for a much stronger chance at being reviewed on this blog. Bands that have already had their discography reviewed can also submit new albums for review if they include song/album premieres.