Tuesday, 19 February 2019

***LOW RELIEF exclusive song premiere***

I had never heard of LOW RELIEF from Poitiers, France before being sent this premiere, and wooooaaaahhh nelly I need to sit down and go through their 2017 EP cuz this new track is fire. We are premiering "Plane Crash" here today which will reside on 'Shades and Paper Faces', a 15-minute 1-sided 12" releasing in June 2019 through Bike Punk (ES), Dead Punx Records (BE), Non Ti Seguo (IT), Culture Famine (CH), Smart and Confused (FR), Skatepizza (FR) and Fireflies Fall (FR). The band is playing a bunch of shows in late February, March and April before a tour in support of the 12", all which you can find on the band's event page linked here.

(2019) LOW RELIEF "Plane Crash" (from 'Shades and Paper Faces')
The song spends the first 30 seconds suspended in space dancing with a lone guitar riff, after which the instrumentals meet up and give the song an obvious French screamo feel before the vocals chime in and give the entire song a strong Shizune vibe. The song weaves an excellent screamo tapestry in its 2:45 tenure, while never going to fast or too heavy, and even includes some well-placed gang vocals. I gotta say that I'm itching to hear this entire thing.

Monday, 18 February 2019

'Death Calls, Fear Ceases' by: HEEL TURN

Year: 2019
Label: The Ghost Is Clear Records
For fans ofMedusa, Combatwoundedveteran, Mother Of Mercy, Full Of Hell and Daughters.

pre-order here

Review by DAVE NORMAN:

My friend Bobby Johnson from The Ghost Is Clear Records turns me on to all kinds of awesome stuff, today's being HEEL TURN's new cd and cassette EP that is the precursor to an upcoming 7" split with Ekumen. It features a member of Dead Heroes and friends devouring the listener over three tracks of dirty, raw and seething hardcore. Opener "Choices" rides an eerie guitar into town surrounded by death drums, with the vocals chiming in when the rest of the band meets up with the leader 30 seconds in. The vocals soon drop into a distorted snarl that'll take chunks out of your eardrums, making this a romp of 80s themed Alabama hardcore. The title track "Death Calls, Fear Ceases" is a fucking behemoth and not what I was expecting at all. Over 7:12 it crashes around like an noise prototype, smashing into walls seemingly randomly but injecting a heavy amount of experimental noise and ambiance. In the end it kinda feels like a seven-minute nightmare that may or may not have been influenced by new Daughters material, as the last half sounds like the cumulative audio of our complete annihilation. Closer "Serpent's Kiss" is the shortest song and is driven by some seriously cavernous bass and pretty sassy vocals. The shift at 30 seconds to more straightforward hardcore with a hook is very welcome and perhaps my favourite bit of the EP. Check out their debut EP 'Territories' here and be sure to catch their release show on March 1st, 2019 in Huntsville, Alabama, linked here.


(2019) HEEL TURN - "Choices" (from 'Death Calls, Fear Ceases')

(2019) HEEL TURN - "Death Calls, Fear Ceases" (from 'Death Calls, Fear Ceases')

(2019) HEEL TURN - "Serpent's Kiss" (from 'Death Calls, Fear Ceases')


Sunday, 17 February 2019


GenresPunk / Hardcore / Screamo / Skramz / Emo-violence / Noise / Black Metal / Sludge / Experimental
Related artists: The Sold Outs, Autism, No Real Pioneers, Zlp Gnr, Serdnation..
CountryVilnius LITHUANIA
Years Active2012-present
Song: "plague"
Album: "No life left to take"
Year: 2018
For fans of: Still, Minaret, Nulajednanulanula, Tentacles, We Are Among Stars, Telos, Tenue, Hexis, PG.99, Parents, Remote, Ostraca, Perfect Blue, Celeste, Thurm, Converge['selvə], The Pax Cecilia and Milkman.
Label(s): Ghia Records / Deadmikke Records
This post's artist is from the February 2019 Mix. This is track #4.
You can download: the February 2019 Mix#2 right here or get the new March 2019 Mix#3 here.

RED WATER are a Lithuanian band that I first heard in late 2018 after checking out their 'No life left to take' EP and was floored. They play a dark, subterranean screamo/black-metal hybrid that are equal parts Tentacles and Hexis, with a few more digestable interludes and general ambiance.

In 2014 they released a single song as an online 'Demo' titled "To never change" which is pretty raw and poorly recorded, but you get the idea of where they're going and it's still an entertaining listen, just don't expect it to sound like their later material as it is much more focused on sludgy, expansive hardcore than black metal or screamo. The following year they released a split cassette with 70 cm³ Of Your Chest that is now sold out and labeled as the 'Red Water' EP. The recording quality and production with this material is much better, with the instrumentals taking a noticeable step in a faster, mathier and more chaotic music, stepping into screamo and black metal territory but without the throat-annihilating screams housed on the 2018 EP, as they are higher pitched and distanced.
There's a chill instrumental opener ("i"), a fuckin' rager ("fall apart"), a rerecorded demo ("to never change"), a European screamo jam ("nebučiuosiu švenčiausios mergelės"), righteous neo-crust/hardcore ("nothing to say") and a closer that resembles New Zealand's Parents ("bury in flames").

In late 2018 they released their crowning achievement thus far, the unbelievably good 'No life left to take' EP. The band takes the listener deeper into their dark and vicious musical consciousness, with opener "plague" making this blatantly obvious. The song crawls along like some morbid monster occasionally ripping through sections as if they were human flesh. "flicker" is similar but has some excellent swings that add a much appreciated layer of melody to the noise and chaos, most notably at 2:48. This song as well as the rest of the album remind me of Still, Minaret, Thurm, Hexis, We Are Among Stars and ['selvə]'s shorter material. "guidance" is devilishly sinister and therefore very Converge, while "will" builds until 1:51 before unleashing the drums that will trample you to death. Oh, and that close from 4:23 is fucking amazing. Closer "defeat" attempts to contain the explosion that erupts at 3:??, but obviously fails to do so cuz that blast is deadly. A truly devastating release that is gonna make my best of 2018, methinks.



2014 - Demo digital single (stream/donate/download here)

2015 - Red Water / aka 70 cm³ Of Your Chest split cassetteEP (stream/donate/download here)

2018 - No life left to take cassetteEP  (stream/donate/download here)


(2018) RED WATER - "will" (from 'No life left to take')

(2018) RED WATER - "guidance" (from 'No life left to take')

(2018) RED WATER - "plague" (from 'No life left to take')

(2015) RED WATER - "nebučiuosiu švenčiausios mergelės" (from 'Red Water')

(2015) RED WATER - "bury in flames" (from 'Red Water')

(2014) RED WATER - "To never change" (from 'Demo')


RED WATER additional links