Saturday, 19 May 2018


GenresPunk / Hardcore / Crust / Doom
Related artists?.
Country: Poznań POLAND
Years Active2013-present
Song: "Inflorescence"
Album: "III"
Year: 2018
For fans ofLVTN, Fall Of Efrafa, Council Of Rats, Buried Inside, Spires, Weak Teeth, Graf Orlock, Ghostlimb, Protestant, His Hero Is Gone, Tragedy, Niboowin, Nine Eleven, I Am A Curse, Light Bearer, Gray Ghost and Remains The Day.
Label(s): Self Released / Dingleberry Records / DIY Kolo / Black Wednesday Records / Dullest Records / N.I.C. / Kajfasz Records
This post's artist is from the May 2018 Mix. This is track #10.
You can download: the May 2018 Mix#5 right here or get the new June 2018 Mix#6 here.

I was introduced to Poland's DESZCZ through Tim and his wonderful German label Dingleberry Records. With our most recent trade I picked up a ton of stuff I'd never heard of before, including the 2017 collected 'LP' 12" with a poster, which was the catalyst for my discography trek from the self described vegetarian, neocrust/dark hardcore band. Boasting just a drummer, guitarist and bassist, the three employ dual vocals (one screaming higher one growling lower) alongside biting lyrics to level the listener in one fell swoop. They have released two EPs that are compiled on the 2017 'LP' 12" as well as a new cdLP in early 2018 titled 'III'.

Their 2014 EP begins with the fantastic instrumental intro of "Storm is Coming". At a mere 1:50, this thing picks up momentum quickly and will have you banging your head along before the minute-mark hits. The rest of the songs kind of blend together in a post-hardcore/post-metal with crust kind of way, bringing to mind LVTN, Fall Of Efrafa, Protestant and Nine Eleven. Most tracks fall between about two to four minutes, with track five's "The Grey" being my pick of the best regular songs that include vocals, but most of "Unwanted" comes off sounding like Beneath The Ashes metalcore which is right up my alley, too. I find on this release that they vary in the screaming spectrum much less than future efforts, with the low-end guitarist being a bit higher and the high-end bassist taking his down a bit. The final two tracks were released on the 12"LP version of 'LP' and seem more honed and unique than the preceding EP. Both songs were also given the luxury of having very decent music videos made for them, which I've embedded below. "Through the Malice" is grooving and structured perfectly, culminating in a dense and epic 3:13, while "The Abyss" is a bloated, swelling behemoth that uses more melody with the instrumentals than usual, and it's fantastic.

Their newest endeavour, the 'III' LP is a logical step from the two new songs released last year. It opens with "Fall", a brooding eruption of dark, crusty hardcore/post-metal that blazes through a myriad of speeds and sounds, including the full-on stop and faux ending at 1:57. "Black Eyes" follows and is 4:21 of atmospheric and foggy DESZCZ, who have obviously upped their game as this is the second track in a row that kills, and does so in truly epic fashion. "Manifesto" is a shorter track that gather a pretty decent amount of force and expel it at 2:10. My favourite track is "Inflorescence", which surpasses five minutes and is just a beautifully written song with a dreamy, swaying intro, a nice build and then the song goes ballistic with heaps of engaging parts. The band's sole music video for 'III' is for track five's "Standing Alone", and it's a pretty cool video, although I personally enjoy "Black Eyes" and "Inflorescence" much more. When "Moment Lost in Time" starts I generally think I'm listening to Furnace meets black metal and closer "All Shall Bleed" is a straight up banger.

Pretty good stuff, I say. And after all this, to find out that the band donates all of their music donations to the animal rights group Otwarte Klatki is just icing on the cake.



2014 - Rain Keeps Falling cdEP (stream/donate/download here)

2017 - LP 12"LP (compiles the first EP and two new songs) [buy here] (stream/donate/download here) [buy from ZBR here]

2018 - III cdLP (stream/buy here)

(2018) DESZCZ - "Standing Alone" (from 'III') official music video

(2018) DESZCZ - "Inflorescence" (from 'III')

(2018) DESZCZ - "Black Eyes" (from 'III')

(2017) DESZCZ - "Through the Malice" (from 'LP') official music video

(2017) DESZCZ - "The Abyss" (from 'LP') official music video

(2014) DESZCZ - "The Grey" (from 'Rain Keeps Falling')


DESZCZ additional links

Thursday, 17 May 2018


GenresPunk / Hardcore / Post-Hardcore / Emo / Screamo / Skramz
Related artists?.
CountrySkövde SWEDEN
Years Active2016-present
Song: "Blue eyes white dragon (I'll close my eyes and imagine)"
Album: "Live and Let's Die"
Year: 2018
For fans of: Phoniex Bodies, Merel, Rye Coalition, Saeita, (old) Examination Of The..., Mara'akate, St. Alban's Kids, Love Like Electrocution, Mouse FitzgeraldBarabbas, du förtappade, Sleeper Wave, King's Girls, Frail Hands, Suis La Lune, Ice Hockey, Beau Navire, Deers!, Folgore, Mališa BahatKomusō, Snøras and Via Fondo aka PROPER SCREAMO.
Label(s): Dog Knights Productions / Emocat Records
This post's artist is from the May 2018 Mix. This is track #6.
You can download: the May 2018 Mix#5 right here or get the new June 2018 Mix#6 here.


Perhaps it's the production choices, or maybe the vocals, but I have to say that KID FERAL gives me some late 90's vibes in a big way. I'm impressed with the guitar work and tone on here; there's a great use of reverb, and a very nice attention to chord choices. The cutting treble on the bass guitar gives me very old school vibes in the best possible way.

I can't help but think that if I closed my eyes I would think this was a new project fronted by Saetia vocalist Billy Werner, as the vocals bare a very close resemblance.

Musically I really can't get enough of what this band is doing.  The songs are so well put together.  The chaos is delivered in a strong way, with enough melody and dynamics to keep your interest.  "Firedragon 3651 Logs Out For Good" clocks in at 3:28 and will take you on a complete musical journey of what Kid Feral can really do when the gloves come off.

And what's that, KID FERAL is going on tour with Barabbas, du förtappade? Amazing!



2016 - Demo cassetteEP (stream/donate/download here) [buy tape from Emocat here]

2018 - Live and Let's Die 12"LP (stream/buy here) [buy 12" from Dog Knights here]


(2018) KID FERAL - "Sensory Overload In The Afterclass Bathroom" (from 'Live and Let's Die')

(2018) KID FERAL - "Firedragon3651 Logs Out For Good" (from 'Live and Let's Die')

(2018) KID FERAL - "This System Is A Bunch Of Baloney" (from 'Live and Let's Die')

(2016) KID FERAL - "Blue eyes white dragon (I'll close my eyes and imagine)" (from 'Demo')


KID FERAL additional links

Wednesday, 16 May 2018

***CROWNING / FRAIL BODY tour video premiere***

It's rare to get to work and be friends with people in a band that give constant mutual support, words of inspiration and kindness. So when Chicago's CROWNING asked me to premiere their new tour video I was ecstatic. Especially considering that had I not moved in 2017, I would have witnessed that ridiculous show in Toronto with Terry Green and Marée Noire, to boot. So here it is, 12 minutes of sweet shots, hilarious commentary, tidbits of live footage (to keep you salivating) and candid moments of amazing people. The thank you list in this video takes up almost 10% of it, and is a testament to the kind of people CROWNING are.

💓 Dave / Justin / Vanessa / Myles / James 💓

I hope you enjoy it.



If you need to hear more FRAIL BODY, why not check out their premiere that we did yesterday right heeya.

If you'd like to grab a copy of the second version of the CROWNING 'Funeral Designs' cassette EP go here. (as of this post there are 2 copies of the first version in stock)

If you like a CROWNING / SWALLOWS NEST split 7" click this thing.

And if you're hankering to see more CROWNING, here is their full set from Zegema Beach Records Fest 2017: