Sunday, 9 December 2018

***2019 OMSB mp3 Mix #1 (January)***

January 2019 mp3 MIX #1
 => ***DOWNLOAD HERE*** <=
...and updates

I've never been more than a week late on a blog mix, but after 5 days of the flu and a bunch of exclusive premieres in a row, I am taxed. Here is a stripped down post for y'all that take the time to visit this blog. Thank you so much! 💓

Here's the tracklisting for OMSB mix#11 that was reviewed in November:

1) BLIND GIRLS - "3am"

2) SUIS LA LUNE - "Hands are for Helping"

3) IEATHEARTATTACKS - "Refuge Tropicana (demo)"

4) coming next month from Francis

5) COUGAR DEN - "Ash Not Dust"

6) Review coming in November from Francis
8) ØØØ - "II"

9) TASHARAH - "What is the Primary Function of P?"

10) QUIETUS - "if you didn't care the first time, then it was useless by the second."

Much love,

Dave @ (((((OPENmind/SATURATEDbrain)))))


ZBR Store/Bandcamp

GIRL ARM 'Outside Language' LP
cassette (order here for US / here for everywhere else)
ENVY/LOVE 'A Tribute to Envy' LP
Massa Nera
(listen here)

Marée Noire


***Interviews/live shows/premieres coming up this month for sure:
- CROWNING podcast w/Vanessa Valadez (guitar/bass)
- IEATHEARTATTACKS video premiere
- Vancouver shows 2018 feature
- ZAMPLER #12 - 'Oh God, We're All Gonna Die' premiere

***Interviews/live shows/premieres posted last month:
- BURIAL ETIQUETTE song premiere
- TASHARAH interview
- KODOS album premiere
- QUIETUS interview
- BIG WATER song premiere
- BARQUE album premiere
- SHADOW PEOPLE song premiere
- SAVAGE SPIRIT album premiere

***The following page have changes:
- nada

As always, on or around the 1st of every month, I will be posting a ZIP file with songs for the upcoming month with ALL specifics deleted from the tags, so unless you already know the band, there is NO information regarding each track.

During the following month, I will post reviews for those bands and link the tracks to the review so you can associate the two together. This way you can listen to a new song/band and have little-to-no bias. Below, I have re-posted the December mp3 mix that is used for this month's reviews.

***2018 OMSB mp3 Mix #12 (reviewed in December)***

The new OMSB mp3 Mix #1 houses 10 tracks with reviews from numerous writers including:
*-* a previously unreleased track!
*-* a song from the best demo of 2018
*-* screamo so dancey the band included "Dance" in their name
*-* dark, blackened screamo from Hull in the UK
*-* Indonesian skramz

NEW => ***2019 OMSB mp3 Mix #1 (reviewed in January)*** <= NEW

Any bands/labels that are interested in having their stuff reviewed, please email with "Open Mind Saturated Brain" as the subject. Please keep in mind that I don't review everything, just what jives with the blog. I will, however, listen to everything you send me. I would recommend emailing with an idea for a song/album premiere 2 months prior to that song/album release date for a much stronger chance at being reviewed on this blog. Bands that have already had their discography reviewed can also submit new albums for review if they include song/album premieres.

Saturday, 8 December 2018

***SAVAGE SPIRIT exclusive album premiere***

'Do Art Thou Wilt'
exclusive album premiere
For fans ofEvery Time I Die, Norma Jean, Prize The Doubt, Leveless, The Bled and Glassjaw

I was sent Alex McCormick's solo project SAVAGE SPIRIT and his new EP 'do art thou wilt' a month or two ago in hopes of premiering it on this blog. Over six years I have spoken with countless people, musicians and artists, sometimes connecting beautifully and other times sensing an obvious disconnect. When I read over Alex' emails, his diction and passion, it was pretty fucking obvious that this is the kind of person that I want to help, in whatever capacity that might be. Luckily Alex and I are fully immersed in hardcore/metal and the like, so helping premiere the new 6-song album was a no-fucking-brainer. It is an excellent piece of work. It is riveting. It is smart. It is honest. It slaps. Alex wrote these songs over the last two years, hoping to find musicians in order to round out the band in a live setting...but no avail. Wait, maybe Alex should just explain it...

Aside from wanting to put on a unique and energetic live show, one of those cool things is a music video laced drama film that I wrote for this EP. It's based on true events that happened in my life within a span of 2 years. I'm a commercial fisherman. It generates enough cash flow to keep a roof over my head and fund all the things I've needed to do in order to bring this EP from demo stages to solid recordings and album art.  Being a touring musician/national act has been an aspiration of mine since I was 15 and started my first band. In that process I've averted a "real career", have gone homeless so my money could go towards studio time and rehearsal space rent/merch/etc, I've compromised personal relationships and sadly so have even plummeted myself into some gnarly depressions trying to keep this dream alive. The older I've gotten the harder it's been to find other people who wanna make a career out of music or...get in a van, film everything, produce content, STAY on the road (until something gives and people catch on), and essentially take a risk by leaving their well paying jobs to pursue creating something bigger than themselves. I still have too much gas in the creative tank to give up on that. I'd rather die failing at what I love doing than settle for a life I don't love. Some people look at their records and just think about the good times, the fun times. To be fair they should. However it's more to me than just that. These are musical staples in time that will let anyone who may give a shit about me when I die know where I was mentally and sonically through out the course of my life. Some of these documented times were really far out and interesting. Fun even. Some of them are really fucking darkly inspired by both some pretty tragic events in my life and the city I grew up In as well as some of the really unfortunate ways this place has absolutely destroyed many of the people I've cherished most growing up. How these events affected me and how I felt while dealing with them 100% shaped the content of this record. I'll never be 100% happy with anything I put out. Always room for improvement and innovation... but.... I'm very proud of this EP. Means more than I may be able to put into words. Hopefully they resonate with you! 

(2018) SAVAGE SPIRIT - 1 - "Do art thou wilt" (from 'Do Art Thou Wilt')
The opening title track is nearly five minutes in length and covers a lot of ground. The song doesn't really get going until the 30-second mark, at which point it careens around the road smashing into mathcore, metalcore, hardcore, post-hardcore and some proper singing as well. There's a fair amount of spoken word on this track too, giving it another layer not normally utilized in traditional hardcore fare.

(2018) SAVAGE SPIRIT - 2 - "What comes up might go down" (from 'Do Art Thou Wilt')
This song is pretty goddamn metalcore and I'm loving it. Obvious comparisons right off the bat are Norma Jean, Von Wolfe and Every Time I Die. Imagine if all of the slower, chill parts were taken out of the first track and it just goes all out for its 2:10 tenure.

(2018) SAVAGE SPIRIT - 3 - "PR Nightmare" (from 'Do Art Thou Wilt')
Hot damn, another cinder block over the head with this song. This might be the densest, heaviest of the songs, bringing to mind Leveless and Druse, although the midsection and last half feature some excellent vocal work, again bringing Every Time I Die vocalist Keith Buckley to mind.

(2018) SAVAGE SPIRIT - 4 - "Nodcopper" (from 'Do Art Thou Wilt')
Want some intricate and sick instrumentals? Well, I think this might be the ticket for you, as the guitars alone during the intro are spectacular. This is likely the most versatile song, as it manages to never stay pinned in a single style for more than 30 seconds, and within that I feel like their may be some System Of A Down and Protest The Hero influence...but I'm just assuming.

(2018) SAVAGE SPIRIT - 5 - "Surrounded by heaven, covered in hell " (from 'Do Art Thou Wilt')
This track as well as the closer were already premiered on the SAVAGE SPIRIT bandcamp page but I might as well tie this post up properly. This first minute is downright eerie, awkward, jangly and bi-polar. It ends up building into a fantastic transition for the rest of the song, which is much more targeted, destructive and venomous. Aside from the crooning prior to the first minute, there's another stellar section from 1:48 to 2:15 that revolves around one hell of a guitar hook which transitions to a behemoth of a breakdown.

(2018) SAVAGE SPIRIT - 6 - "$.t.r.u.g.l.i.f.e (we out hea)" (from 'Do Art Thou Wilt')
The closer opens with a plethora of feedback and arguments, which are clung to until the 45-second mark when the first strum of the guitar is hit. This builds with the drums and vocals until 1:18 when the lid pops and biting, metallic hardcore spews forth. Writing this must have taken some serious effort, as the song bounds around like a rabid patronus charm, attacking anyone within jaws reach. After exhausting itself at 2:42 "$.t.r.u.g.l.i.f.e." recedes back into white noise (one would assume in order to take a breather) and then empties the tank during its final 40 seconds.

Thursday, 6 December 2018

***SHADOW PEOPLE exclusive song premiere***

exclusive song premiere
For fans of: The Catalyst, Whores, Isis, Ken Mode, Slint, Sonic Youth, Julia, Four Hundred Years, Portraits Of Past, The Avenging Disco Godfathers Of Soul and Helmet

I found out about SHADOW PEOPLE through Billy Thompson, the resident skrampa in Baton Rouge who plays in Secret Smoker and Heavy Mantle. The three-piece have existed as such since 2015, with vocalist/guitarist and drummer initially forming the band in 2013. They released a 9-track LP last year and took very little time with this outstanding followup EP titled 'Secrets' which will be available in full tomorrow (December 7th, 2018) on all platforms. The band will self-release 400 cds (order here) and Santapogue Media is taking care of the cassettes, whose pre-order info will be added to this post asap.

The song premiering today is "Romania", the second last song on the release. Without giving too much away (it is from a release titled 'Secrets'), I will divulge that it is about a christ behavioral modification camp that performed exorcisms on the...subjects. Jam it below and be sure to check out the full release tomorrow!

(2018) SHADOW PEOPLE - "Romania" (from 'Secrets')
Prepare yourself for a hell of a ride in just 2:15, as you'll bounce around a few genres. The song begins in heaving, sludgy fashion (think The Catalyst and Whores) littered with yells and venomous screaming. This transitions into a slow, post-hardcore/emo instrumental section that sounds like a completely different band, and it boasts a killer guitar swing at 40 seconds that hooks me every time. Just before the minute mark the song falls back into the tarpit, only to hoist itself up again a mere 20 seconds later with those lush, dreamy instrumentals. The final section is a behemoth and buries the song under its own, dense and volatile weight. Wooo that was fun.