Ufo Gestapos third opus 'Grandemissair' is out and it is again their own outer space and hypnotic brew of Sludge and hardcorish outbursts, just driven to a higher level.
A numb and unbearable dwelling within the milkstreet, but then again there is such vehemence, an intoxication of moods is inevitable. As well the vocals have improved to a greater style: here comes some cleaner tone of despair. The screw of weirdness has been driven even deeper, beware the keyboards! Leave this trip cleansed but feeling uncomfortable.
Brooklyn trio Unearthly Trance is like the Melvins-meet-Venom hopped up on Maker's Mark. An epic, impassioned piece of work, Electrocution oozes with mysticism and a palpable sense of purpose behind an imposing wall of gut-level riffing, canyons of low-end and pounding drums.
New York doom metal juggernaut UNEARTHLY TRANCE offer up a side long onslaught of d-beat and doom before plummeting deep into the noise depths while Toronto's THE ENDLESS BLOCKADE combine power-violence and power-electronics to brutal effect including a Slogun cover. Limited to 1000 copies.
Unholy Grave from Japan, masters of raw as hell grindcore and one of the most active DIY grind band in the world when it somes to releasing records and splits with young bands from all over the world, well next to Agathocles:)). All the time in the underground, recording new blasting songs in their rehersal room using 4-track recorder! On this split they serve raw rehersal from 2007!!! For all maniac ears willing to hear more raw tunes from UG!!! On the flip side great young band from Indonesia with their best stuff ever that defines their style in 100%. Guys re-recorded some songs from previous releases (like the split tape with Inquiry Last Scenery and the Land Of The Dead EP), added two new songs, recorded everything perfectly with great metalic/heavy sound & the result is 9 most brutal grindcore songs I've heard since Phobia's "All That remains". Seriously this stuff kill, powerfull sound, great drums and the sound of old school grind ... for all fans of Phobia early stuff and Insect Warfare!
DOOM/METAL/ROCK. After last year's self-titled debut, UNION OF SLEEP deliver their 2nd release "death in the place of rebirth".
Yet again they dish out uncomplicated, riff-based songs and solos which are obviously rooted in rock, but they come with a doom-metal, sludge and even a hardcore edge. Ruder and more decisive, this
record punches like a steam hammer! Besides the essential sludgy, heavy riffs and fucked up atmosphere, you will discover a lot of subliminal grooves, too. Be aware of eight beastly fuckers, raw and
crude, from the lowest instincts of mankind. Comprehensive yet refined, the union of extreme influences, instinctual prowess and rugged beauty on "death in the place of rebirth" is nothing less than
impressive. If you have any sort of neck, "death in the place of rebirth" will force movement out of your head - in an up and down motion. Tech-metal freaks and hipsters alike will pretend to hate
it, but they'll be missing out one of the year's best albums. Imagine THE MELVINS committing fornication with NEUROSIS and you'll get a slight idea of what it's about. LP comes with 350gr thick
inside-out cover, and inlay.
DOOM/SLUDGE-METAL/PROGRESSIVE-METAL. First of all - this is not a record for speed fanatics - both bands like it slowl. UNION OF SLEEP from Hagen/Berlin should be known for their previous full-length releases. If you dig really groovy, down-tuned sludgy doom-metal, then look no further. If the likes of BUZZOVEN, FUDGE TUNNEL or 16 make you excited, then UNION OF SLEEP won't disappoint. Their 4 tracks have the right amount of rocking catchiness, heavy southern boogie, blues riffs and gruff booze drenched vocals. They're mainly mid tempo-ish but contain plenty of left hand turns to keep your interest - a hard-hitting riff festival over all. Denver, Colorado's quartett BLACK SLEEP OF KALI are by no means a retro band. They deliver 4 pulverising, uncompromising songs, with aggressive groovy riffs, post-metal aesthetics and influence minus the monotony within this genre. Their hybrid of post- and progressive-metal constantly balances a tightrope between mid '90s apocalyptic NEUROSIS' "times of grace" era and modern progressive-metal on a par with MASTODON, BARONESS, or HIGH ON FIRE. Each of the songs are a carefully woven collection of massive riffs that flow - BLACK SLEEP OF KALI know what they’re doing. Both bands have done an impressive job of adopting several aforementioned genres. There’s really no filler to be found here. All of the tracks are knockouts. LP comes with eyecatching artwork, thick inside-out cover, black innersleeve, lyricsheet and includes a digital download card
Four winters has passed since the release of “Sulphurblooded”, UNLIGHT` s previous record that saw the light of day in 2010. As all their releases, this as well received critical acclaim and great feedback from fans all over the world. For almost four years, they have been writing their latest epos. Finally, they return with their 6th full-length effort “The Katalyst Of The Katharsis”. UNLIGHT still sounds as fierce, cold and intense as before, but with even more massive/melodic guitars, aggressive bass-lines, fast forward drumming and harsh vocals. UNLIGHT is aiming for the top with the release of their new masterpiece. They have no doubt grown a lot throughout their career and have finally managed to develop their sound into perfection. This is great Black Metal…
Black Wax incl. Poster
CRUST-METAL/HARDCORE. This time crust/grind worshiper UNREST from Munster, Germany have evolved greatly in terms of songwriting - even if only within their own previously set parameters. There's no left field experimentation here, just a better version of what they gave us 3 years ago on the "lake of misery" full-length. The 6 tracks are very tight balanced and the punching sound feels like a whole bag of slaps coming your way. UNREST still poach in the footsteps of classic Scandinavian bands like SKITSYSTEM and MARTYRDÖD as well as British grind pioneers EXTREME NOISE TERROR, but playing in a league of their own –unstoppable, unmistakable and relentless. BLACK CODE is a dark and heavy crust-metal outfit from Besancon, France. The secret behind BLACK CODE’s incredibly mauling sonic assault is the influence these guys bring in from various other forms of extreme music outside of hardcore-punk. If the foundation of their sound is surely rooted in Scandinavian crust, especially in the tank-like structures of bands like MARTYRDÖD and DISFEAR, these French certainly do not stop there. These 5 tracks takes one step deeper into the dark realm that BLACK CODE has created with heavy metallic, crunchy dual guitars, harshly growled vocals and pounding drums. Both bands destroy all your comforts and deliver one of the most powerful, dirtiest yet heaviest split records in a while. No filler, just riff after memorable heavy riff of indefatigable kegger crust-whatever. Colored vinyl comes with lyricsheet, black innersleeve and is traditionally packed in a crust-friendly black/white cover with awesome artwork. [PK #072]