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Tuesday, 21 November 2017


GenresPunk / Hardcore / Screamo / Emo-violence / Grindcore / Mathcore / Thrash / Tech-metal / Skramz 
Related artistsEnkephalin+HIRS+, BoroughsBest Friends!, Rocket! Go! Now!, Spitting Cobra, Phoenix Bodies, Brighter ArrowsMara'akate, Vac and Slam Wedgehouse.
CountryDetroit, Michigan U.S.A.
Years Active2002-2007
Song: "Figure 414"
Album: "Hands Don't Mind the Holes"
Year: 2004
For fans ofEnkephalin, Kiss The Sky Goodbye, Egarra, Love Lost But Not Forgotten, Vein, Daughters, SeeYouSpaceCowboy, Advocate, Me And Him Call It Us, .gif from god, (Lone) Wolf And Cub, Oktober Skyline, LoftusBack When, Euth, Warsaw Was Raw, Hive Mind, Destroyer Destroyer, Tyranny Of Shaw, Crestfallen, The Great Redneck Hope, Mara'akate, Phoenix Bodies, Straight No Chaser, Lachance, 60659-C, The Now, Towers, (early) Ed Gein, The Sawtooth Grin, Harlots, Clancy Six, Converge, John Zorn, The Avenging Disco Godfathers Of Soul, The Expectorated Sequence and Psyopus aka PROPER SCREAMO.
Label(s): Self Released / Conspirators In Sound / Cut Ups
This post's artist is from the November 2017 Mix. This is track #2.
You can download: the November 2017 Mix#11 right here or get the new December 2017 Mix#12 here.

I only knew about LETTERS IN BINARY's demo material when I sat down to write this review. Then I found the LP and holy shit this truly is the evolution of Enkephalin, my favourite mathgrind band. If you like your screamy hardcore pushed to the absolute max and combined with the aforementioned mathgrind as well as jazzy sections and five-second parts, you may well shit your pants. After releasing some demo material (including having Colin May play bass for some gigs), the band pulled a vocalist switch and dropped the unreal cdLP 'Pretty and Perpendicular' in 2006. Fan of extreme bands such as PsyopusKiss The Sky GoodbyeEgarraThe Great Redneck Hope and Phoenix Bodies are going to have a field day with the discography download.

'Hands Don't Mind the Holes' is, I am nearly certain, a collection album containing the '8 Song Demo' and perhaps even the 'Floppy Disk Demo' as well as a few live tracks. It opens with "Pregnant With Potential" and a deceiving audio clip before the song is catapulted into mathgrind/emo-violence territory 48 seconds in and is over by 1:20. The parts, transitions, melodies and songs in general are ludicrously fast and therefore extremely short, but the intricacy and explosive power of each section is mindblowing and repeat listens are 100% needed to really get this music. Some examples for you: "***" is 20 seconds,  "With Barnibus" is 25 and "Open Your Mouth" is but 34 seconds. "Back and to the Left", "Cotton Candy" and "Memo From Mike" are a beautifully noisy mixture of Enkephalin, early Love Lost But Not Forgotten and The Great Redneck Hope, but it's "Figure 414" that steals the show. Boasting itself as the only track over two minutes in length. It opens with the usual batshit crazy mathcore, but the slower, more methodical approach arrives right before the one-minute mark and works out really well, with comparisons to Love Lost But Not ForgottenDeers! and Ostraca being very apt. The final 30 seconds are sensational, with a Crestfallen-esque crescendo and a bunch of people shrieking, aka my bag. The album then peppers on live takes of "Pregnant With Potential" and "Cotton Candy" as well as a "Pink as a Pistol" demo.

Their 2006 proper cdLP titled 'Pretty and Perpendicular' takes the best elements of their demos and extends better production, tighter songs and even more blazing shenanigans from the ex-Enkephalin crew. This is apparent right from the get-go, as "Captain Analog Vs Doctor Digital" does a phenomenal job of jarring most listeners well out of their comfort zone, with disjointed rhythms, jazzy guitar work and cacophonous vocals, while "Pink as a Pistol" just lays absolute waste to the listener. "Doing Pushups With One Broken Arm" loses its grip on reality after the first 30 seconds and also reminiscent of Psyopus but screamier. "Two Birds Looking One Way, One Looking Another" has an eerie intro that reminds me of Usurp Synapse and "My Favorite Cheer" is a straight up clusterfuck of excellence. Seriously, these are all excellent slices of techy, screamy and chaotic hardcore. There are a few further tracks to take note of, as "Track 8" has a clip from the movie π, "Dos" and "Dont's" are a mere 11 seconds each while "Cotton Candy" and "With Barnibus" show up again from the demo sessions. The finale of this record is its crowning achievement, as "Open Your Heart Not Your Watch Wrack" is just over a minute of The Great Redneck Hope inspired bliss.

Be sure to, at the very least, watch the intro of the first LETTERS IN BINARY show as the vocalist states simply, "Hi, we're Letters In Binary" and within a split second they are beyond ballistic. Well, that's it from my end. Below is some stuff taken from one of the band's former sites, and was written before their 2007 split that I haven't been able to find, after which LETTERS IN BINARY disbanded.

"hello, we are letters in binary. a three piece from the burbs of detroit. we are ex members of enkephalin, rocket! go! now!, spitting cobra and many others. the band was started in the early days of november two thousand two by scott monaghan and gregory dean. numerous songs were recorded poorly on a four track for a two song demo floppy disk, which was followed long after by an eight song cd ep in june two thousand three. then the recruting started and scott and greg chose short time friend colin may for bass guitar fulfillments. then after distrubuting the two song demo and eight song cd on the enkephalin/phoenix bodies tour to whomever was willing to buy and/or listen. we began to look for our first show and singer. we found a friend(jason miller) that was putting together a fest(bottlerocketfest). we asked, he said yes. we had our first show. next a singer. we pulled together and looked and decided on dan farabaugh for temporary vocal assistance(who became fulltime). then the only things to do were wait and practice. and we did. and the show was succesful. afterwards there was a slight hiatus coinciding with the distance between some members. so we picked up another bassist. named matthew conzet who eventually replaced colin. more songs have been gratually written and shows have been played. its been two years now and we are working on a cd with Conspirators In Sound, that should hopefully be out soon. recently before entering the studio, dan , left the band. now the ones left(scott/matt/greg) have been devolved into a three piece consisting of a creative mind, a passionate heart, and a pair of soft hands for sensual back rubs. keep looking and listening for/to us."


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

2002 - Demo floppy disk EP

2003 - 8 Song Demo cdEP

2004 - Hands Don't Mind the Holes cdLP (I think this is the '8 Song Demo' with some live tracks)

2006 - Pretty and Perpendicular cdLP

2007 - Peter & Craig split 7"EP (does anyone have this? please upload it!)


(2007) LETTERS IN BINARY - ""You Were Once Living, Cicada"" (from 'Peter & Craig' split)

(2006) LETTERS IN BINARY - "Open Your Heart Not Your Watch Wrack" (from 'Pretty and Perpendicular')

(2006) LETTERS IN BINARY - "Doing Pushups With One Broken Arm" (from 'Pretty and Perpendicular')

(2006) LETTERS IN BINARY - "My Favorite Cheer" (from 'Pretty and Perpendicular')

(2004) LETTERS IN BINARY - "Figure 414" (from 'Hands Don't Mind the Holes')

(2004) LETTERS IN BINARY - "Pregnant With Potential" (from 'Hands Don't Mind the Holes')

(2004) LETTERS IN BINARY - "With Barnibus" (from 'Hands Don't Mind the Holes') official music video

(2002) LETTERS IN BINARY - live first show


LETTERS IN BINARY out of print mp3 discography download / additional links

(download here)



Monday, 20 November 2017


GenresPunk / Emo / Screamo / Skramz Rock / Post-Rock / Post-Hardcore / Ambient / Shoegaze
Related artistsRespireTell-Tale Hearts, Marla Singer, Quone and Dela Trudos.
CountryToronto, Ontario CANADA
Years Active2017-present
Song: "Collapse"
Album: "...and always"
Year: 2017
For fans ofFraera, The Reptilian, Vi Som Älskade Varandra Så Mycket, Nanette, Emö Lendvai, Lessener, Growing FinsTerry Green, PluumAnemone and Respire aka PROPER SCREAMO.
Label(s): Self Released
This post's artist is from the November 2017 Mix. This is track #9.
You can download: the November 2017 Mix#11 right here or get the new December 2017 Mix#12 here.

Egin (Respire, Tell-Tale Hearts), Alex Kolanko (Marla Singer), Mark Wilson (Tell-Tale Hearts, Marla Singer, Quone) recently created a new band in Toronto, Ontario and sussed out seven songs ranging from three to five minutes. If you can imagine if Respire, Suis La Lune and 'End Paths'-era The Reptilian all wrapped into one emo cigar...then apparently AND ALWAYS is an emo cigar. Peculiar analogy, I know. Anyways, let's take a look at the songs from '...and always', shall we?

"Collapse" is a great opener, rolling out all three members instruments and well as vocal duties, with each member timing their lyrics differently, creating a lush layer of screaming throughout the songs' 4:17 duration. Perhaps due more in part to being from Toronto and having multiple vocalists, but it sounds kinda like Fraera. "Fate" is much like a Respire song but with more of a midwestern emo feel, although Egin's growls can found sporadically throughout the song's 4:23 length, as well as the rest of the record. The second half of the song incorporates probable Terry Green influence (not unlike the opening track), especially in the slow, spoken word midsection. "Home" has kind of a Vi Som Älskade Varandra Så Mycket and Suis La Lune feel, and I love the overlapping vocals. After two minutes it really slips into more of an emo realm, especially with the gruff but still strained vocals. I think local friends Growing Fins would be a good comparison here. "Age" begins slow and methodical with screams piercing from all directions, has a middle not unlike Hot Water Music with that gruff singing, and an epic ending. "Blank" seems to be the fastest and most direct part of any song, with very Swedish sounding with two or three vocals going down simultaneously and comparisons to Anemone and Lessener being quite accurate. Around a minute and a half in things get super chill and peels it back to instrumentals-only until 2:30 when the song begins to swell at 3:10 and fizzles out by 3:49. "Void" is the shortest track at 3:17, but don't let that fool you because this isn't a rip-roaring song. Instead, it spends the majority of its time drifting on gently passing waves, getting faster for only a short while near the end of the track. It's also one of the best songs on here. Closer "Species" goes all over the place vocally, with a sugary-sweet midwestern emo/shoegaze instrumental section in the first half and a booming, bass heavy second half.



2017 - ...and always digitalLP (stream/donate/download here)


(2017) AND ALWAYS - "Species" (from '...and always')

(2017) AND ALWAYS - "Void" (from '...and always')

(2017) AND ALWAYS - "Blank" (from '...and always')


AND ALWAYS additional links


Sunday, 19 November 2017


GenresPunk / Rock / Hard Rock / Hardcore / Metal / Alternative / Metalcore
Related artistsYoo Doo Right, The ScowlsVeranda liv, GG Peach, False Lives and The Inside Track.
CountryMontreal, Québec CANADA
Years Active2014-present
Song: "It's So Damn Cheap to Look This Damn Good"
Album: "Loose Teeth split"
Year: 2017
For fans ofEvery Time I Die, The Bronx, Protest The Hero, Between The Buried And Me, Leveless, Deftones, Thrice and Alexisonfire.
Label(s): Self Released
This post's artist is from the November 2017 Mix. This is track #4.
You can download: the November 2017 Mix#11 right here or get the new December 2017 Mix#12 here.

I first heard about Montreal's IN THE NAME OF HAVOC when the band messaged me hoping to jump on a show in Hamilton on September 3rd, 2016 to which I was able to provide, along with Not For You, Sarin, La Luna and my old band The World That Summer (review/videos linked here). They stayed at my house, were super nice people put on a great set. A few weeks later, on September 22nd to be exact, The World That Summer played a show in Montreal with IN THE NAME OF HAVOC (abbreviated as ITNOH) and they were even better (review/videos linked here). It was at this point I knew that this band was evolving into something excellent, and in 2017 they dropped their split cassette with Loose Teeth and my assumptions were confirmed. Perhaps one of the best things about ITNOH is that I can't really find very good "sounds like" comparisons, as I can't pigeonhole them because of their ability and reach that extends beyond any obvious genre classifications and band worshiping correlations.

The band's debut release is the five-track '1180' EP, which is pretty on par with the subsequent releases, just a little more raw. The screaming, growling and clean vocals are all here, along with rock, punk, hardcore, metalcore and who knows what other styles. Opener "Drunk-Yard Dogs" contains a pretty lengthy guitar solo, "Bad Language" and "Bloodlust Succubus" seem to be quite influenced by hard-rock, "Cry Havoc" is probably the most hardcore of the songs and closer "You Shindig Shin-Don't" is the most reminiscent of their later material as it has a very Every Time I Die feel to it and growls that bring Between The Buried And Me to mind.

IN THE NAME OF HAVOC upped their game in 2016 with 'Doubt', which was the EP I heard when they asked to hop on a show that I was putting on in Hamilton, and after hearing the first track I said yes. "Roped In" is much more mature than the first EP and the love for Every Time I Die is even more evident. The balance of screaming (Orin) and excellent falsetto (Malcolm) shine through, alongside Stephen Young's guitar influence, as he was not involved in the first release. "W.N.B." is a rager and follows a similar formula to the first track but promotes the heavier side, with excellent guitar work and drums. "Judas Pig" is very heavy, streamrolling through sludgy hardcore with a bit of singing in the chorus that a ska section throughout the second minute? Why, yes. It is. "Rampage 64" is appropriately titled, as it packs a violent, metallic hardcore punch over five minutes, while closer "Auxiliary Beer" is just over two minutes of guitar wailin' more sick drums from John, who also rocks out in Yoo Doo Right.

The 2017 split with 'Loose Teeth split' honed the sound they were fleshing out on their 2016 EP. "It's So Damn Cheap to Look This Damn Good" is the penultimate IN THE NAME OF HAVOC experience, using call and response with both vocalists and beautifully constructed, driving hardcore. If you want an ITNOH song to test if they are for you, or to show someone else, it's gotta be this thing. "Fishhooked" is a pretty progressive song for the band, and one could posit that it should be getting radio play. Orin busts out some nice melodic vocals (keep in mind that this usually Malcolm's department) and the entire thing is a nice, post-hardcore jam. Their final track on the split is called "This Is Not Your Home", and it's 1:07 of extremely pissed off, moshy hardcore.

After releasing a good EP followed by a great split, I am very keen to see what IN THE NAME OF HAVOC do next.



2014 - 1180 digitalEP (stream/donate/download here)

2016 - Doubt digitalEP (stream/donate/download here)

2017 - Loose Teeth split cassetteEP (stream/buy here)


(2017) IN THE NAME OF HAVOC - "It's So Damn Cheap to Look This Damn Good" (from 'Loose Teeth' split)

(2016) IN THE NAME OF HAVOC - "Fishhooked" (from 'Loose Teeth' split) live in Montreal

(2016) IN THE NAME OF HAVOC - "W.N.B." (from 'Doubt') live in Hamilton

(2016) IN THE NAME OF HAVOC - "Roped In" (from 'Doubt')

(2014) IN THE NAME OF HAVOC - "You Shindig Shin-Don't" (from '1180')


IN THE NAME OF HAVOC additional links


Saturday, 18 November 2017

***PODCAST #22 w/Jörg D. Bendt (YUNG NAT$ / SWALLOW'S NEST)***

After moving to New Zealand on August 2nd, I met a fine human by the name of Jörg (written here as Joerg). Joerg has lived here in Dunedin for the last seven years. We met online via screamo groups a few months back and in person on August 9th at The Crown Hotel (bar/venue) and offered to show me around, answer my questions about New Zealand and generally keep me company if I'm feeling homesick or alone. Hospitality to the highest degree, I must say. Besides being an awesome person, Joerg is well spoken and funny as hell, not to mention he plays bass in our band here called SWALLOW'S NEST. We discuss the New Zealand punk scene, a bunch of Canadian bands, banana bread, powerviolence, galaxy leggings, etc. in this hour-long thingy. Podcast #22 is broken into four parts, each approximately 15-20 minutes in length. You can stream and/or download each part or the entire thing for free on the OMSB Podcast bandcamp page linked right heeya.

ZANN - "Loverfighter Wildbull Rider" (Joerg)
TEL FYR - "Sermon 15" (Dave)

HOLLYWOOD FUN DOWNSTAIRS - "Maxine Caffeine" (Joerg)
PROPAGANDHI - "True" (Dave)
UNSANITARY NAPKIN - "The Balls (To Say What We're All Thinking)" (Joerg)

COMMUOVERE - "La tentation d'exister" (Dave)
ROGERNOMIX - "Tasered Mum" (Joerg)
RESPIRE - "Nox" (Dave)
ARAFURA - "Decolonise" (Joerg)

NORTH OF AMERICA - "Now You've Got Your Doctorate, Don't Forget to Doctor It" (Dave)
ISTALAH - "Lightning in a Circle" (Joerg)
- "and i made up lies so that they all fit nice" (Joerg)


PODCAST #22 linked here


SWALLOW'S NEST has our final show with me on vocals Friday, December 1st, 2017 @The Crown Hotel if you live in or around Dunedin, New Zealand. It will be our only show with two vocalists (original = me, new = Lana). We sound something like this:

Thursday, 16 November 2017


GenresPunk / Hardcore / Post-Hardcore / Screamo / Skramz / Emo-violence
Related artists?.
CountryBari ITALY
Years Active2014-2016
Song: "Mediocrità"
Album: "Per Sempre Tempesta"
Year: 2015
For fans of: Eros+Massacre, Tempano, La Quiete, Raein, June Paik, Crowning, Yotsuya Kaidan, Virginia On Duty, 49 Morphines, Orchid, Envy, The Third Memory, Wolves, YageMališa BahatRavin, ByMySide, Ogni Giorno, Blind GirlsУлыбайся Ветру, Daighila, Council Of RatsTakaru, Danse Macabre, Portrëit and Craneo aka PROPER SCREAMO.
Label(s): Upwind Productions / Middle Man Records / Dingleberry Records / Screamore / Idioteq.
This post's artist is from the November 2017 Mix. This is track #1.
You can download: the November 2017 Mix#11 right here or get the new December 2017 Mix#12 here.

FOLGORE were from Italy and only released one, six-track EP in 2015. It is so fucking good. Don't sleep on this band. The vocals are top notch screams and the instrumentals pack a punch while retaining a decent sense of melody and intricacy. If you like the dark and heavy Malaysian screamo as well as the tone and playfulness of Italian screamo, FOLGORE will likely blow your socks off.

The band's only release (on both cd and cassette) 'Per Sempre Tempesta' opens with "Epiloghi". Instrumentally akin to La Quiete and Raein, melodic yet still hardcore, the mammoth screams are generally at the forefront, as they should be because they're fucking awesome. I love the slight time change at 1:30, which picks up the pace and leads out through the song's conclusion. "Likho" is much faster and aggressive than the opener and gets seriously fucking nuts just before the one-minute mark with prodigious guitars and fabulous, throaty screams that resemble what many bands in Malaysia are perfecting at the moment, it seems. "Ferocia" is short but at 1:18 it blazes through the screamo movements, complete with a touch of light and spacey Swedish instrumentals and one hell of a close, with vocals that could strip paint off the highway after the one-minute mark. "Chiava" is a noodley guitar workshop complete with tapping and general, ballistic, killer screamo for the first and final 35 seconds, with a relatively chill bit in the middle. "Mediocrità" is the slow, epic builder of the album and perhaps the crowning achievement. The first minute and a bit begins with lonely guitars and what may or may not be an audio clip. When the second, noodley guitar chimes in and before the stop/start blasts, it sounds a heck of a lot like Envy. At 1:30 the screaming begins, as the song toys with listener, threatening to strike but never actually attacking until 2:11. And then, good god, it explodes. Seriously this part is so amazing, with phenomenal vocal placement and screams, and a full climax bearing down from 3:14 onward. Full head bob. Goosebumps as big as mountains. Ear to ear grin. It's that good. Closer "Alba" is short and honestly does the least for me, making it the worst track on the record, but still a decent song.

Looks like FOLGORE likely called it quits in 2016, which sucks because their followup material would have been extremely high up on my watch list.



2015 - Per Sempre Tempesta cd/cassetteEP (stream/donate/download here)


(2015) FOLGORE - "Mediocrità" (from 'Per Sempre Tempesta')

(2015) FOLGORE - "Ferocia" (from 'Per Sempre Tempesta')

(2015) FOLGORE - "Likho" (from 'Per Sempre Tempesta')


FOLGORE additional links


Wednesday, 15 November 2017

***STRESSER exclusive premiere***

'Anxiety Attack' EP
exclusive premiere
For fans of: Pool Boy, Flowers Taped To Pens, Shellac and Growing Fins
Today's exclusive stream comes from Toronto, Ontario's STRESSER. Their new 4-track EP is being released on Art Of The Uncarved Block on Novermber 16th, 2017 via 50 cassettes whose shells need to be broken open before playing. Sounds fucking sweet. The music is part shoegaze and part hardcore, with rock acting as a binding agent. "Ears, Arms, Legs" is a prime example, with an opening that is deep, lush, space rock and an ending that is borderline screamo. Opener "Socialize" weighs in on the softer, dreamier side (especially with those shoegaze vocals) while "Get Better" is a a quick and heavy number. The entire thing reeks of jazz, post-rock, indie rock, punk and hardcore, while never settling into one genre for more than a minute. STRESSER has also made a music video for "Anxiety Attack", the closing track that is the most spastic and untamed song on the release, which should see the late of day sometime next week. And without further ado, here's the exclusive EP stream...

Tuesday, 14 November 2017


GenresPunk / Hardcore / Emo / Screamo / Skramz
Related artistsMesa Verde.
CountryGlasgow UK
Years Active2016-present
Song: "American Spirit!"
Album: "Not Everything is a Dream"
Year: 2017
For fans ofA Day In Black And White, The Saddest Landscape, Hugs, Mesa Verde, Funeral Diner, Fraera, Closure, Orchid, Foxmoulder, We Watch Clouds, Komarov, A Company Of Heroes, Vivre Sa Vie, Bravo Fucking Bravo, King Slender, Captain, Your Ship Is SinkingDanse MacabreChuck Bass, My Life With The Spaniard, ArchesPortrëit, Nouveau and Coma Regalia aka PROPER SCREAMO.
Label(s): Adorno Records / Dasein Records / Don't Care Records
This post's artist is from the November 2017 Mix. This is track #7.
You can download: the November 2017 Mix#11 right here or get the new December 2017 Mix#12 here.

After reviewing the Mesa Verde discography back in late 2015, I was approached by some ex-members' new band OLD GUARD. They release two or three songs from their upcoming EP in early 2017, followed by the entire thing sometime around summer, if memory serves correct. 'Not Everything is a Dream' is six songs of angry, driving, screamy hardcore from Glasgow that is kind of like a mixture of early A Day In Black In White, Hugs and The Saddest Landscape. The instrumentals can get very Orchid sounding while the vocals bear a strong resemblance to Chuck Bass and Fraera.

"As the Ground Falls" lets you know right away that you are in for a melting of face, complete with huge breakdowns led by bass riffs that have their own gravity and the occasional, nice guitar melody. "Lacuna Inc." is 2:08 of killer bass riffs, which happen to also be the best part of  track three's "American Spirit!" which gets so good, at points, that comparisons to Hugs must be made. "Four Senses" is pummeling, not unlike the previous track "All My Friends are on Drugs pt 1 and pt 2", which has super Orchid riffing with throatier vocals. "I'm a Punk", killer bass ins and outs, especially around 1:25 with dark riffs akin to sirens and gets me thinking of Nouveau's "River House" and Gospel, which is one hell of a compliment.

Fans of Mesa Verde will likely be very ecstatic that some of the band is continuing on in fine form.



2017 - Not Everything is a Dream 10"EP (stream/donate/download here)


(2017) OLD GUARD - "I'm a Punk" (from 'Not Everything is a Dream') official/unofficial music video

(2017) OLD GUARD - "American Spirit!" (from 'Not Everything is a Dream')

(2017) OLD GUARD - "All My Friends are on Drugs Pt 1 and Pt 2" (from 'Not Everything is a Dream')


OLD GUARD additional links


Monday, 13 November 2017

***MOSS ROSE exclusive premiere***

'Council Of Rats' EP
exclusive premiere
Imagine Thisismenotthinkingofyou playing long, five-plus minutes, epic, dark and screamy hardcore. Incorporate a few different movements (like Angel Eyes, but more focused and shorter), swells of chaos (think June Paik) as well as beautiful, lush, cavernous, ethereal and dreamy sections (yep, Swan Of Tuonela). The latter can be so incredible (truly) that I'm almost tempted to say they should drop the fast bits cuz those slow, ambient sections are to die for. Also, that cover art is sick. If you jammed the 'Moss Ross' two-song EP released earlier this year, know that 'Council of Rats' is much more developed, cohesive and fuckin' mindblowing.

(2017) MOSS ROSE - "Council of Rats" (from 'Council of Rats')

Opener and title track "Council of Rats" gets things off to a great start, with a driving Truman-esque build for nearly two minutes. It then goes ballistic for just over a minute and tapers into a dreamy and atmospheric guitar progression. This flows into an unfuckingreal Welcome The Plague Year and Swan Of Tuonela-esque jammy midsection that erupts soon after in a blaze of dual-vocal glory. I think Guidelines and Ostraca are two other decent comparisons, as the immense and all-encompassing power of this song is balanced by its tranquil and serene sections. Hooooooooly fuck. So good.

(2017) MOSS ROSE - "Depressions Shadow Eats Away At The Streets" (from 'Council of Rats')

"Depressions Shadow Eats Away At The Streets" tears through in typical Shaun Harrison Hancock style aka Thisismenotthinkingofyou until the halfway point and then spends nearly two minutes lulling us into a fantastically woven cocoon of dreamy, atmospheric silk. This is suddenly shredded at 3:40 with lightning drums and awesome, swirling guitar progressions that envelope the final minute and a half. Dear god I'm dying over here.

(2017) MOSS ROSE - "Interlude" (from 'Council of Rats')

"Interlude" is just that, a 2:05 break from chaos using piano, guitars and whatever other subtle noise elements that may have been added, for it has such a lush texture. It's almost like Duct Hearts or Godspeed, You! Black Emperor condensed into a two-minute track.

(2017) MOSS ROSE - "Cold Reclusive Hands" (from 'Council of Rats')

"Cold Reclusive Hands" closes this killer EP off in fitting fashion. At 6:24 it's the longest track here, which begins with rolling and dreamy instrumentals that meet up with distant screams after the first 40 seconds. By 1:12 things take a slight shift but remain in chill form, with the guitars from 1:40 onward being phenomenal and reminding me of some of the stuff Majorel is doing with those mesmerizing, almost-Egyptian sounding guitar tones. The song then transitions to nearly a minute of madness followed by what closely resembles a black-metal section at three minutes, with a subsequent two and a half minutes of pulverizing hardcore that eventually exhausts itself. Hot damn, what a ride.

Sunday, 12 November 2017


GenresPunk / Hardcore / Post-Hardcore / Post-Metal / Emo / Screamo
Related artists?.
CountryCoventry UK
Years Active2016-present
Song: "What's Best in Life"
Album: "Descend Towards the Earth"
Year: 2017
For fans ofAviator, Iburiedyourflowers, Fraera, Pianos Become The Teeth, State Faults, Frameworks, The World That Summer, They Sleep We Live, Watch For Wolves and The Tragedy.
Label(s): ?
This post's artist is from the November 2017 Mix. This is track #3.
You can download: the November 2017 Mix#11 right here or get the new December 2017 Mix#12 here.

METEORS THE ENTIRE NIGHT sent me their debut EP and it's pretty sweet. Let's be real, the four of the five songs on this release are decent post-hardcore songs with slight screamo and metalcore influences. But track three, oh track three is where they shine.

The EP opens with a short, ambient opening before delving into the crunchy, post-hardcore "Ringpulls and Ceratopsians". The song contains repetitions of a pretty sweet Hopesfall-esque "dun-dun-dun" breakdown that is the highlight of the track. "Long Days and Pleasant Nights" is similar, but sheds the breakdowns and includes some dual vocals instead, making them the focal point of the song, save that very cool synth outro just before the three-minute mark. By far the best song by the band is titled of "What's Best in Life" must have come from the original Conan: The Barbarian movie. It's another good song that gets fucking sick once that massive solo riff steals the show at 41 seconds and again at 2:10. Seriously it's so sweet and reminds me of, if I must, Aviator and Pianos Become The Teeth, even though I don't listen to either of those bands. The hilariously titled "Hugh Manatee" is a mere 1:08 of lo-fi, nearly 8-bit sounding electronic music, which is a nice interlude. Closer "Existence is Futile" gets back on the post-hardcore ball and balances itself for the remainder of the song, with the climax coming a tad before the two-minute mark, but the final minute and a bit is also quite epic.

So, in conclusion, this is a strong debut effort. I personally feel that the band had, for the most part, faced a corner while writing this release, and in doing so three of the five songs are relatively generic in the post-hardcore realm. Buuuuuuuut, they have shown that they can write a killer song with "What's Best in Life" and take cool, unexpected tangents with the 8-bit "Hugh Manatee". I'm curious to see what they end up producing next, as they likely have the ability to either put me to sleep or blow me away. I hope they go for the latter.



2017 - Descend Towards the Earth digitalEP (stream/donate/download here)


(2017) METEORS THE ENTIRE NIGHT - "What's Best in Life" (from 'Descend Toward the Earth')

(2017) METEORS THE ENTIRE NIGHT - "Ringpulls and Ceratopsians" (from 'Descend Toward the Earth')




Thursday, 9 November 2017


Order YARROW 10" on clear w/white smoke from:
I.Corrupt Records (Europe) - Bandcamp
records ship in January

"Soft Veils"
For fans of: The Jonbenet and Clancy Six

"Against Decency"
For fans of: Swan Of Tuonela and Welcome The Plague Year

For fans of: La Luna and Frail Hands

For fans of: Funeral Diner and Under Glass


GenresPunk / Post-Rock / Hardcore / Post-Hardcore / Post-Metal / Emo / Screamo / Skramz / Noise / Black Metal / Ambient
Related artists?.
CountryBerlin GERMANY
Years Active2017-present
Song: "Wrapped in Bedsheets"
Album: "Sorrows"
Year: 2017
For fans ofAngel Eyes, Arktika, Respire, Amber, Old Soul, Locktender, Komarov, June Paik, The Solexine Chapter, Ostraca, Descubriendo A Mr. Mime, and Isis aka PROPER SCREAMO.
Label(s): Self Released
This post's artist is from the November 2017 Mix. This is track #10.
You can download: the November 2017 Mix#11 right here or get the new December 2017 Mix#12 here.

The (not openly) self-described "hipster black-metal" band Lᴏᴠᴇ/Lᴜsᴛ from Berlin, Germany were a group of four individuals that I met at the Munich Respire show on June 21st, 2017 (show linked here). They were super nice people and after chilling at the Isar River we made our way back to the show and they blew me away. Slightly resembling band such as Locktender, Amber, Old Soul and Respire, their blend of post-rock, black-metal and screamo was incredible.

"Wrapped in bedsheets" begins with a beautiful, spacey, instrumental opening for almost 2:30, reminding me heaps of Amber and Old Soul. When the entire band kicks in directly afterwards they slip back and forth between black-metal speed and post-hardcore epicness. At 8:35 it's a long opener, but holy fuck does it deliver. I love the ambient-yet-still-heavy guitar progressions, the vocalist's occasional yell, scream or shriek (especially that part just before five minutes) as well as the conclusion's Mr. Robot audio clip. "I lie awake" is next and sounds like dark, German hardcore and it's only 4:46 in length, making it the shortest song on the EP by far. Falling more into the Komarov and June Paik sound, it is a dark and pummeling track with a single mesmerizing, pretty, slow bit in the middle and a very black-metal second half.  Finale"and drift away" is a massive 11:26. So, you've got 1:10 of a post-rock intro, followed by the band going full throttle from 1:11 to almost the four-minute mark, when they take a placebo chill pill at 4:14 but blast into a sweet section right before five minutes. At 6:20 the build starts again from scratch with a lone guitar plucking some seriously sad notes, followed by distant gang vocals and the climax at 7:51 and subsequent noise outro.

I assume the band is writing for a new release soon, and I, as well as quite a few others, are hella stoked.



2017 - Sorrows digitalEP (stream/donate/download here)


(2017) Lᴏᴠᴇ/Lᴜsᴛ - "Wrapped in bedsheets" (from 'Sorrows')

(2017) Lᴏᴠᴇ/Lᴜsᴛ - "and drift away" (from 'Sorrows')

(2017) RESPIRE & Lᴏᴠᴇ/Lᴜsᴛ video interview

(2017) Lᴏᴠᴇ/Lᴜsᴛ - "and drift away" live video


LOVE/LUST additional links


Tuesday, 7 November 2017

***2017 OMSB mp3 Mix #12 (December)***

December 2017 mp3 MIX #12
 => ***DOWNLOAD HERE*** <=
...and updates

Well shit just changed up really fast. I'll be out of New Zealand in December for vacation before moving back to Canada, but to British Columbia this time. That means there will be a hot sale in the new Australian/New Zealand store for Zegema Beach Records and distro to get rid of stock. Titles from the second load of stuff includes Protest The Hero cassettes of every LP, Massa Nera's new 12" and some long, lost Øjne/Улыбайся Ветрy split 7"s, as well as shirts from .gif from god, SeeYouSpaceCowboy, Vi Som Alskade Varandra Sa Mycket, etc. and distro items from Hedge Fund Trader, LVTN, Die Abete, Council Of Rats, Duct Hearts and The Dischord Of A Forgotten Sketch.

Because of the upcoming move, the Australian/New Zealand store will close down but all Zegema Beach Products will be sold through Joerg from Dance Happy Doom Crew. Before then ZBR will be having a holiday clearance special with free shipping so check back here December 1st! You will also find all ZBR releases in the USA (through Ancient Injury Records) and Europe (through Time As A Color).

Lastly, here's the tracklisting for OMSB mix#10 that was reviewed in October:

1) AT THE DRIVE IN - "Extracurricular"

2) INKLING - "Drawing Conclusions"

3) SAMARRA - "Trauma Literature"

4) KOMAROV - "ii"

5) OGNI GIORNO - "Domenica"

6) ELEGY OF ME - "Metamorphosis"

7) ST. ALBANS KIDS - "Dance On Road, Dance On Street, Dance On Face"

8) AMBER DAYBREAK - "... où les mouvements se trainent"

9) ANEMONE - "This Is My Combat Smile"

10) AUTISM - "In Anger"

Much love,

Dave @ (((((OPENmind/SATURATEDbrain)))))


ZBR Store/Bandcamp

(CAN order here)
(NZ pre-order here)

cassette (order here)
(listen here)

cassette (order here)
(listen here)

KING SLENDER 'King Slender' EP
cassette (order here)
(listen here)

12" (order here, we just got these in!)
(listen here)

SARIN 'Darker Lakes' LP
12" (order here, they just came in but we're almost SOLD OUT!)
(listen here)

MASSA NERA 'Los Pensamientos De Una Cara Palida' LP
(pre-order here)

(listen here)


***Interviews/Live shows coming up this month for sure:
- Yarrow 4-way split 10" (OSTRACA, COMA REGALIA, VRIL and UNTOLD WANT)
- MOSS ROSE exclusive premiere

- ISODORA CRANE youtube uploads update (aka there are 3 songs you can listen to now)
- DANCE DISASTER MOVEMENT's updated mp3 discography, including the 2005 LP 'Snow On TV'


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 November mp3 mix that is used for this month's reviews.

The new OMSB mp3 Mix #12 is only 7 tracks, as I will be moving in December and shall take a few extra days off. I need someone to do a few reviews in January. If you are game hit me up with an email at It includes but is not limited to:
*-* the hottest screamo band in New Zealand
*-* a band with two drummers and two guitarists, and everyone does vocals - it's crazy!
*-* one of the sickest UK screamo bands with a likeness to both Ostraca and Off Minor
*-* a band whose opener on their 2017 LP has the best vocals of the year, holy lord
*-* an ex-Amber Daybreak band


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.