Thursday, June 23, 2011

Oathbreaker - Mælstrøm (2011)

Full Length, Deathwish Inc.
Jul 5thy, 2011

Genre: Metalcore/Hardcore
Region: Belgium

Leaked yesterday, their first full record since the selftitled EP. Thirty minutes of excellent female fronted chaotic hardcore in the vein of Converge, Punch, Cursed, The Power and the Glory, etc. The lead singer and guitarist have played live for the great Amenra as well. You can listen to it in full streaming here.

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Monday, June 20, 2011

Black Freighter / Planks — German Sludgecore Avalanche (2010)

I've had these records in my library for a while now but never got around to posting them, and since I recently posted a few albums that blur the genres of sludge/hardcore/black metal I decided to finally lump these two into one post . Germany's sludge and hardcore scenes are full of excellent bands so when the genres collide it's always a treat. Here's two powerful, abrasive sludge/hardcore records from 2010 you'll want to check out if you're a fan of Celeste, Time to Burn, Cursed, Buried Inside, Black Ships, Young and In The Way, Amenra, Seven Sisters of Sleep, Irreversible, Perth Express, etc.


Black Freighter - Graves And Monuments (2010)

Full Length,
Vendetta Records
May 14th, 2010

Genre: Sludge/Hardcore
Region: Germany

Nice crusty vocals and hectic drumming lay the groundwork for this record. Leaning more towards the hardcore end of things at times (similar to Buried Inside), the majority of Graves And Monuments is on the faster-paced side of things, occasionally slowing down for some crushing, wandering sludge riffs. It's too bad they split-up.

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Planks - The Darkest of Grays (2010)

Full Length, Per Koro
October 30th, 2010

Genre: Sludge/Hardcore
Region: Germany

Planks take more of a Amenra/Young and In The Way/Celeste approach to the sludgecore mashup and it works well. Some songs begin with a short sample but all contain piles of dark atmosphere draped over dissonant sludgey hardcore riffs, rasps and yells, and solid drumming. Equal parts furious hardcore energy and brooding Amenra-esque doom, this is a fucking great album.

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Dark Castle - Surrender To All Life Beyond Form (2011)

Full Length, Profound Lore Records
May 17th, 2011

Genre: Sludge/Doom Metal
Region: USA

Second full length from the heavy duo Dark Castle. Lots of big riffs and feedback.

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Saturday, June 11, 2011

Torch Runner / Young and In The Way - Split (2011)

Split, Headfirst! Records
June, 2011

Genre: Hardcore/Sludge
Region: USA

The guys from Headfirst! Records asked me to post the new split from Young and In The Way and Torch Runner (which you can preorder from the link above). Of course I have no problem doing that since it means listening to some nice dark hardcore.

Torch Runner have two tracks here in the metallic hardcore vein with some splashes of sludge in one, while Young and In The Way have one longer track in their blackened, sludgy hardcore style (if you haven't heard their full length check it out. Both have a slight Amenra touch to them.

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Monday, June 6, 2011

Giles Corey - Giles Corey (2011)

Full Length, Enemies List Home Recordings
April 30th, 2011

Genre: Acoustic/Folk/Shoegaze
Region: USA

Intensely personal and depressive as fuck. The first full length of Dan Barrett's (half of Have a Nice Life) solo project. If you like it get on ordering a copy here.

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Thursday, June 2, 2011

Black Breath - Heavy Breathing (2010)

Full Length, Southern Lord Records
March 12th, 2010

Genre: Death Metal/Hardcore/Thrash/Crossover
Region: USA

This is some excellent blasting crossover heaviness from Southern Lord. Guitar tone resembles Denial or Vorum (has a great growl), with more hardcore/thrash leaning vocals. Never really settles too long on one style. Fast, aggressive and loud.

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