Song of the Day
Mental Disturbance, “Living in a Slum,” from Mental Disturbance (Alternative Noise, 1990)
Killer crossover hardcore/thrash featuring future Belgian metalcore legend Michel Kirby.
One Man Army, “Judge Not” (2004)
Peep this short-lived and little-known outfit fronted by Fury of Five's James "Stikman" Ismean!
Code Orange, “Bleeding in the Blur,” from Forever (Roadrunner, 2017)
The song that single-handedly made me a Code Orange believer.
Vain, “Inside Out,” from Rolling With the Punches (Jackie Rainbow, 2017)
The '80s are in the eye of the beholder...
Ravage Ritual, “Spiritual Power,” from Higher Power (Unquiet, 2016)
"Seinäjoki Negative Hardcore" act proves that Finland's still got it.
Cruelty of the Heavens, “Growing Up,” from Grow Up and See (Encapsulated, 2016)
Still screaming about the best (and most underrated) album of 2016...
...But the Shadows Have Foes, “VIII,” from Asabiyya (Self-Released, 2017)
Mysterious Illinois outfit worships at the altar of His Hero is Gone.
Thoughts of Ionesco, “Culture of the Eternal Snake,” from Skar Cymbals (Corpse Flower, 2017)
Detroit metalcore madmen return as strong as—if not stronger than—ever.
The Wraith, “Barbed Wire Somber,” from Shadow Flag (Poison Cult, 2017)
Mandatory listening for any fan of deathrock-tinged '80s post-punk...
Embryonic Cryptopathia, “Gangrene Bizarre,” from Uterine Excretor of Carcinovomit (Bestial Onslaught, 2006)
A quick, fun throwback of decade-old brutal underground goregrind.
Mortal Bodies, “Peeled Mirror,” from Embodiment (Chondritic Sound, 2017)
Precisely the type of ominous atmosphere and ideological intrigue that I hope for from such realms of experimental sound.
Antiprocess, “Bring it Down” (Self-Released, 2017)
More quintessential industrial metal gold from this one-man outfit.
The Coup de Grace, “Daylight Dawning,” from The Coup de Grace (Red Decibel, 1990)
Catchy, melodic, sort of rock, sort of metal, but not quite one or the other alone...
Future Faces, “Embraces,” from Revolt (Throatruiner/GPS Prod, 2017)
Gloomy, monotone post-punk from this Swiss trio.
Audionerve, “My Own Enemy” (Self-Released, 2017)
Hungarian studio side project comes hard with the groove...
Feral Nun, “Give Me a Reason,” from Demo Tape (Negate Everything, 2017)
A raw, loose, and improvisational-sounding take on gloomy, Samhain-ish post-punk.
Discolor, “Burn Out,” from No Shelter (Self-Released, 2017)
A catchy, heavy, and moody emo-tinged jam from this up-and-coming Smithtown, NY group...
Ulf Cederlund and the Swarm of Souls, “Alone Again” (2016)
The Swedish death metal legend gets slow, strange, and sludgy...