Song of the Day: Despite Despair, “Hexennacht,” from Hexen (2022)
Intricate, melodic, and abrasive metalcore out of Provo, Utah.
Random Roundup: November, 2022
Shit you should hear from Colligere, Ekstasis, Fleshwater, Simøne, Soft Blue Shimmer, and Weight.
Se Vende, “If It Ever…”: Track Premiere
A standout tune from the San Diego punk trio's third LP, due next month.
Insane $8-or-Less Deals From Divebomb Records’ Black Friday Sale
If I was still new to the label, I could—and would—easily drop a few hundred bucks on this sale...
Quick Hits: Trip Machine Laboratories—Soul Provider, Repetitionist, Night Battles, and Heavy Duty Medicine
A hugely diverse spread of three discs and a tape from one of the realest labels still runnin'.
Random Roundup: October, 2022
Shit you should hear from Age of Strange Cults, Clique, Dead Dog Summer, Red Rot, Sparing, and Wire Lines.
Review: Sweet Teeth, High Anxiety (Lövely, 2022)
Expert-level alt.-rock from Finspång, Sweden, described by the band as "power pop/punk/Hüsker rock."
Peroxide Blonde, “Bright Manhattan”: Video Premiere
NYC/NJ four-piece issues frantic new accompaniment for their uniquely U.K. (and beyond)-inspired alt.-rock.
Quick Hits: Headless Death/Radiation Vomit and Derailment
Raging grind and powerviolence gone death-sludge, from Australia to California.
War//Plague, “Bed of Nails”: Track Premiere + Interview
Minneapolis crust unit preps ferociously blackened fourth album, Manifest Ruination.
Random Roundup: September, 2022
Shit you should hear from Cult Sequence, The Darling Fire, Mirakler, Nobody's Perfect, The Phrenic, and Spite House.
Grand Mantis, “This That”: Track Premiere
"We like to call this track the 'fat symbiote'. It's four parts working together, not in unison. A beautiful wreck."
Song of the Day: Welcome Strawberry, “You in Your Rare Ugliness” (2022)
Oakland duo blurs the lines between shoegaze, dream pop, and indie/alternative rock.
Song of the Day: The Final Agony, “The Altar of Dead” (2022)
A cryptic solo project whose sound owes a major debt to early Integrity...
Industrial Puke, “Banished”: Track Premiere + Interview
A+ death metal-tinged hardcore/punk from Gothenburg, à la Disrupt meets Dismember.
Interview: Orange Island Breathes New Life Into 2003 LP With Forthcoming Reissue
The formerly self-titled album will resurface via Iodine Recordings as 'One Night Stay', looking and sounding better than ever.
The 1984 Draft, “Two Cow Barrage”: Track Premiere + Interview
Dayton, OH indie rockers return with an ode to the friendships formed through decades of involvement with independent music.
Review: Entropy, Death Spell (Crazysane, 2022)
Probably the single finest alt.-rock band that not enough people are talking about...